ANNOTATED TABLE OF CONTENTS
In past centuries, U.S. political leaders described America as divinely
founded and guided; some still do. But now leaders generally secularize
their language, speaking of American exceptionalism. Whether this idea
is endorsed or criticized, the issue is now usually discussed in terms of
the American Empire, whether it is benign or malign. The chapters of this
book show that the American empire has been more malign than benign,
more demonic than divine.
1 The Beginning to World War I:
Deals with expansionism (including slavery and the genocide of Native
Americans) and early imperialism (going overseas to take of Hawaii,
Cuba, the Philippines et al.)
2 World War I:
Gives special attention to role of the sinking of the Lusitania in getting
America into the war; then discusses reasons for the quick rise of World
3 Between the Wars:
Deals with the first offensive against Communism, the creation of
dictatorships in the Western hemisphere, and the drive to prevent war by
forming the League of Nations.
4 World War II:
Treats America's wartime planning for the postwar world, playing politics
during the war, and the myth that America was devoted itself to the
defense of freedom.
5 Pearl Harbor:
Provides evidence contrary to the US story that the attack was
unprovoked and a surprise, then deals with the cover-up of the
Roosevelt administration's role.
6 Hiroshima and Nagasaki:
Deals with the creation of the atomic bombs, their use on Japan (rather
than Germany), and the myth that they were necessary to win the war
without the loss of a huge number of US lives.
7 The United Nations:
The UN was created with the aim of overcoming the weaknesses of the
aborted League of Nations, but then it was also incapable of preventing
wars, because the US and the USSR would not give up their imperialistic
8 Creating the Cold War:
Treating Germany, Japan, Greece, atomic policy, and NSC-68, chapter
shows that the United States was primarily responsible for the Cold War.
9 U.S. Imperialism during the Cold War:
Using the threat of Communism, the US intervened in (for example) the
Philippines, Iran, Guatemala, Cuba, Brazil, the Dominican Republic,
Greece, Indonesia and the Iran-Iraq war.
10 The Vietnam War:
Shows how Eisenhower deceitfully led America into the war, how
Kennedy and especially Johnson enlarged it, and then how Nixon led the
war to an ignominious end.
11 False Flag Operations:
Treats ways in which the US used false flag operations to extend its
empire, especially Operation Gladio.
12 Some Post-Cold War Interventions:
Attacks on Panama and Iraq (1991), after demise of the Soviet Union,
show that US interventions were not defensive.
13 The Drive for Global Dominance:
Whereas the US had long been aiming for global dominance, the goal to
create a global empire became manifest.
Realizing that America is not exceptional could lead to a better country.