Chalmers Johnson: The Sorrows of Empire Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic

May 26, 2004

Former CIA analyst and retired University of California professor Chalmers Johnson examines the concept of blowback — the unintended costs and consequences of American imperialism and how it is connected to the Sept. 11 attacks.

Since September 2001, the United States has "undergone a transformation from republic to empire that may well prove irreversible."

This is what scholar and author Chalmers Johnson writes in his new book The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy and the End of the Republic. The book discusses the roots of American militarism, the rise and extent of the military-industrial complex, and the close ties between arms industry executives and high-level government officials.

  • Chalmers Johnson, leading scholar of Asia and US-Asian relations, his previous book is Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire.