From the book jacket: Is America an empire? Certainly not, according to our government. Despite
the conquest of two sovereign states in as many years, despite the presence
of more than 750 military installations in two thirds of the worlds
countries and despite his stated intention "to extend the benefits of
freedom...to every corner of the world," George W. Bush maintains that
"America has never been an empire." "We dont seek
empires," insists Defense Secretary Rumsfeld. "Were not
Nonsense, says Niall Ferguson. In Colossus he argues that in both military and economic terms America is nothing less than the most powerful empire the world has ever seen. Just like the British Empire a century ago, the United States aspires to globalize free markets, the rule of law, and representative ...
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