By Richard H. Immerman
How may well the us, a state based at the ideas of liberty and equality, have produced Abu Ghraib, torture memos, Plamegate, and warrantless wiretaps? Did the United States got down to develop into an empire? And if this is the case, how has it reconciled its imperialism--and on occasion, its crimes--with the assumption of liberty so forcefully expressed within the statement of Independence? Empire for Liberty tells the tale of guys who used the rhetoric of liberty to extra their imperial pursuits, and divulges that the search for empire has guided the nation's architects from the very beginning--and maintains to take action today.
Historian Richard Immerman paints nuanced snap shots of six unprecedented public figures who obviously inspired the process American empire: Benjamin Franklin, John Quincy Adams, William Henry Seward, Henry Cabot inn, John Foster Dulles, and Paul Wolfowitz. each one performed a pivotal function as empire builder and, apart from Adams, did so with out occupying the presidency. Taking readers from the founding of the republic to the worldwide struggle on Terror, Immerman indicates how each one individual's impression arose from a willing sensitivity to the troubles of his occasions; how the trajectory of yankee empire was once relentless if no longer directly; and the way those sensible and strong contributors formed their rhetoric approximately liberty to fit their needs.
yet as Immerman demonstrates during this well timed and provocative ebook, liberty and empire have been on a collision path. And within the international conflict on Terror and the career of Iraq, they violently collided.
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Empire for Liberty: A History of American Imperialism from Benjamin Franklin to Paul Wolfowitz by Richard H. Immerman