How may possibly the USA, a kingdom 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 this is the case, how has it reconciled its imperialism--and often times, its crimes--with the assumption of liberty so forcefully expressed within the announcement of Independence? Empire for Liberty tells the tale of guys who used the rhetoric of liberty to extra their imperial goals, and divulges that the search for empire has guided the nation's architects from the very beginning--and keeps to take action today.
Historian Richard Immerman paints nuanced graphics of six unparalleled public figures who obviously encouraged the process American empire: Benjamin Franklin, John Quincy Adams, William Henry Seward, Henry Cabot hotel, John Foster Dulles, and Paul Wolfowitz. every one performed a pivotal function as empire builder and, aside from Adams, did so with out occupying the presidency. Taking readers from the founding of the republic to the worldwide battle on Terror, Immerman indicates how every one individual's impact arose from a willing sensitivity to the worries of his occasions; how the trajectory of yank empire used to be relentless if now not immediately; and the way those sensible and strong participants formed their rhetoric approximately liberty to fit their needs.
yet as Immerman demonstrates during this well timed and provocative booklet, liberty and empire have been on a collision path. And within the international battle on Terror and the career of Iraq, they violently collided.