Imperial Overstretch

George W. Bush and the Hubris of Empire

By Roger Burbach and Jim Tarbell  

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George W. Bush has fundamentally changed America’s place in the world. In some neo-conservative circles the word “empire” is back in fashion, and a great republic that broke away from the British Empire is now supposed to be proud of its new imperial role. This book explains how the neo-conservatives and the petro-military complex have hijacked US foreign policy. It examines the price that Americans will have to pay for this new era of unlimited US military might–a never-ending fear of terrorism, mushrooming defence and security spending, the erosion of civil liberties at home and the deaths abroad of tens of thousands of civilian and military combatants.

Previous empires have foundered on the rocks of imperial overstretch–the cost of trying to run and protect empires eventually outstrips their capacity and the willingness of the citizenry to pay. At the heart of this disturbing and timely book lies the ultimate question: Is the US in danger of going down that road? Who around George ‘dubya’ Bush is pushing him along that path?

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  • Prologue: The Toll of Empire
  • George W. Bush and the Reality of Empire
  • Empire as the American Way of Life
  • The ‘American Century’
  • The Rise of the Bush People
  • The Making of George Bush
  • The Politics of Fear: Bush Hijacks September 11
  • The Drums of Pre-emptive War
  • Iraq and the Imperial Dead Enders
  • Interregnum: Empire in Descent Confronts World in Upheaval


  • Roger Burbach

    Roger Burbach is director of research and publication at the Center for the Study of the Americas (CENSA) in Berkeley, California.

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