As the United States casts an increasingly dominant shadow in world affairs, resentment from the international community widens. In The State of the American Empire, Stephen Burman lays bare the global scope of the political, economic, cultural, and military might of a country that, paradoxically, was founded in a rebellion against imperialism. Combining forensic analysis with detailed full-color graphics, Burman provides a comprehensive overview of the countries that are dependent on U.S. trade or investment, or are inhabited by U.S. troops. Liberally illustrated with maps that display America's global footprint, from its military interventions to its trading partners, The State of the American Empire interrogates every aspect of this new empire to reveal its roots, its likely duration, and, most important, its impact on the rest of the world.
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Stephen Burman is Dean of Humanities at the University of Sussex. His books include America in the Modern World: The Transcendence of US Hegemony and The Black Progress Question: Explaining the African-American Predicament, which was awarded the Myers Center Prize for outstanding work in the field of human rights.
"I applaud this long-awaited atlas. As a teacher of international and global studies I have been looking for such a volume--one that graphically represents some of the major impacts of the U.S. presence in the world order. This does a terrific job."—Stephen Gill, York University
"Well conceived, informative, and easy to understand."—John Dumbrell, Durham University