The American Empire Project

JPRI Editors   April 2021

Dr. Chalmers Johnson was an eminent scholar and public intellectual who founded the progressive think tank JPRI. During his tenure as president of JPRI he published a series of best-selling books in The American Empire Project—a collaborative initiative with other great thinkers such as Noam Chomsky, Andrew J. Bacevich, and Howard Zinn.

The American Empire Project is a response to the changes that have occurred in America’s strategic thinking as well as in its military and economic posture. Empire, long considered an offense against America’s democratic heritage, now threatens to define the relationship between our country and the rest of the world. The American Empire Project publishes books that question this development, examine the origins of U.S. imperial aspirations, analyze their ramifications at home and abroad, and discuss alternatives to this dangerous trend.

We at JPRI are pleased to promote these books and the Chalmers and Sheila Johnson JPRI Archive—which also includes over 200 policy papers by Dr. Johnson and members of the JPRI Network.

The American Empire Project was conceived by Tom Engelhardt and Steve Fraser, editors who are themselves historians and writers. Published by Metropolitan Books, an imprint of Henry Holt and Company, the project has grown to over 30 books. Titles include, for example, Hegemony or Survival and Failed States by Noam Chomsky, The Limits of Power and Washington Rules by Andrew J. Bacevich, Blood and Oil by Michael T. Klare, Kill Anything That Moves by Nick Turse, A People’s History of American Empire by Howard Zinn, Empire’s Workshop by Greg Grandin, and much more.

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