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By Richard H. Immerman

How may perhaps the us, a state based at the rules of liberty and equality, have produced Abu Ghraib, torture memos, Plamegate, and warrantless wiretaps? Did the United States got down to turn into an empire? And if that is so, how has it reconciled its imperialism--and sometimes, its crimes--with the belief of liberty so forcefully expressed within the assertion of Independence? Empire for Liberty tells the tale of guys who used the rhetoric of liberty to additional their imperial targets, and divulges that the hunt for empire has guided the nation's architects from the very beginning--and maintains to take action today.

Historian Richard Immerman paints nuanced graphics of six unparalleled public figures who glaringly prompted the process American empire: Benjamin Franklin, John Quincy Adams, William Henry Seward, Henry Cabot inn, John Foster Dulles, and Paul Wolfowitz. every one performed a pivotal function as empire builder and, except for Adams, did so with no occupying the presidency. Taking readers from the founding of the republic to the worldwide warfare on Terror, Immerman exhibits how every one individual's impact arose from a willing sensitivity to the troubles of his occasions; how the trajectory of yankee empire used to be relentless if now not directly; and the way those sensible and robust members formed their rhetoric approximately liberty to fit their needs.

yet as Immerman demonstrates during this well timed and provocative e-book, liberty and empire have been on a collision path. And within the international conflict on Terror and the career of Iraq, they violently collided.

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