This book provides a unique conception of US empire building, linking overseas expansion with:

1) the growth of a police state and declining living standards;

2) advanced technologically driven global spying on adversaries and allies with declining economic competitiveness and military defeats;

3) large scale, long term commitments of economic and military resources to wars in the Middle East to the detriment of major corporate interests, but for the benefit of a pariah state, Israel; and

4) the power of a foreign state (Israel) over US policy via its domestic pro-Zionist power configuration.


JAMES PETRAS is Bartle Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology at Binghamton University, New York. He is the author of 64 books published in 29 languages, and over 560 articles in professional journals, including the American Sociological ReviewBritish Journal of Sociology, Social ResearchJournal of Contemporary Asia, and Journal of Peasant Studies. He has published over 2000 articles in nonprofessional journals such as the New York Times, the Guardian, the NationChristian Science MonitorForeign PolicyNew Left ReviewPartisan ReviewTemps ModerneLe Monde Diplomatique, and his commentary is widely carried on the internet.