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In the shadows of the American century : the rise and decline of US global power

Author: Alfred W McCoy
Publisher: Chicago, IL : Haymarket Books, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Explores America's rise as a world power--from the 1890s through the Cold War--and its bid to extend its hegemony deep into the twenty-first century through a fusion of cyber war, space warfare, trade pacts, and military alliances. McCoy analyzes the marquee instruments of US hegemony--covert intervention, client elites, psychological torture, and worldwide surveillance. Peeling back layers of secrecy, he exposes a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alfred W McCoy
ISBN: 9781608467730 1608467732
OCLC Number: 1002131625
Notes: "Dispatch Books."
"This book was published with the generous support of Lannan Foundation and Wallace Action Fund"--Title page verso.
Description: 359 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: US global power and me. Part one. Understanding the US empire. The world island and the rise of America --
"Our S.O.B.s": America and the autocrats --
Covert netherworld. Part two. US strategies for survival. A global surveillance state --
Torture and the eclipse of empires --
Beyond bayonets and battleships: the Pentagon's wonder weapons. Part three. Dynamics of US decline. Grandmasters of the great game --
Five scenarios for the end of the American century.
Other Titles: Rise and decline of US global power
Responsibility: Alfred W. McCoy.

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