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The New Mandarins of American Power : The Bush Administration's Plans for the World

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In this timely book, Alex Callinicos explores the real meaning of the Bush Doctrine. He deconstructs the rhetorical justifications of the 'war on terrorism' and analyses the strategy of the Republican neoconservatives who now dominate American foreign policy. * A controversial and provocative view on an extremely timely and important topic. * Examines the neo--conservative foreign policies of the Bush administration and the "Project for the New American Century". * Highly topical * Builds on the success of Callinicos' previous book with us -- An Anti--Capitalist Manifesto.show more

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  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 145.8 x 237.2 x 18.5mm | 317.52g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
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  • 0745632742
  • 9780745632742

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"Essential reading for those who have fought against war over the past two years and who see it as the defining issue of our age." Socialist Review "This contemporary history by the UKa s leading orthodox Marxist intellectual provides a satisfying narrative of the neo--conservative ascendance that enabled the second Iraq war ... New Mandarins of American Power is engaging, accessible and incisive." Thomas Daniels, Red Pepper "Deeply informed, balanced, and full of insights, this perceptive inquiry explores the rational basis for the aggressive unilateralism of the Bush administration that has frightened much of the world, arguing plausibly that it" is based on a largely accurate reading of the long--term economic and geopolitical threats facing US capitalism". It more than fulfills its goal of contributing to a an understanding of the strange and frightening worlda that is taking shape." Noam Chomsky "Of all those seeking to make sense of rampant American power, Alex Callinicos succeeds, outstandingly with his razor--sharp analysis and eloquent warning to us all." John Pilgershow more

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American power has become the dominant issue in world politics. The Anglo-American conquest of Iraq has reinforced growing fears that the United States under George W. Bush is determined to use the military might of the Pentagon to impose its will. In this timely book, Alex Callinicos explores the real meaning of the Bush Doctrine. He deconstructs the rhetorical justifications of the 'war on terrorism' and analyses the strategy of the Republican neoconservatives who now dominate American foreign policy. Their main aim, he suggests, is less to combat terrorism than to use US military supremacy to intimidate and discipline potential competitors. This is the latest episode, Callinicos argues, in the long history of capitalist imperialism. The neoconservative 'Project for the New American Century' seeks to perpetuate the global domination of US-style neoliberal capitalism: it can only be effectively resisted once this is understood.show more

About Alex Callinicos

Alex Callinicos is Professorof Politics at the University of York.show more

Table of contents

Prologue: At War Between the Two Rivers. 1. The Rhetoric of Conquest:. Between Good and Evil. Terrorism. Rogue states and the axis of evil. Weapons of mass destruction. Democracy. Liberal Alibis. 2. The Cultists of Eternal War:. The Bush Doctrine. Bush II: the Republican right take the helm. Chronicle of a war foretold. 3. The Grand Strategy of the American Empire:. American strategy after the Cold War. Exploiting America's military edge. America versus Europe. 4. The Geopolitics of Oil:. Remaking the Middle East. Blood and oil. 5. Collision of Empires:. Imperialism and Empire. The peculiarities of American imperialism. A return to inter--imperialist rivalries. Catastrophe immanent. Epilogue Nemesis, the Daughter of Justiceshow more

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