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Naked Imperialism: The U.S. Pursuit of Global Dominance


During the Cold War years, mainstream commentators were quick to dismiss the idea that the United States was an imperialist power. Even when U.S. interventions led to the overthrow of popular governments, as in Iran, Guatemala, or the Congo, or wholesale war, as in Vietnam, this fiction remained intact. During the 1990s and especially since September 11, 2001, however, it has crumbled. Today, the need for American empire is openly proclaimed and defended by mainstream analysts and commentators.

John Bellamy Foster’s Naked Imperialism examines this important transformation in U.S. global policy and ideology, showing the political and economic roots of the new militarism and its consequences both in the global and local context. Foster shows how U.S.-led global capitalism is preparing the way for a new age of barbarism and demonstrates the necessity for resistance and solidarity on a global scale.

Naked Imperialism is a synthesis of 50 years of intelligent writing by Monthly Review authors about the realities of imperialism. To be read by serious analysts and activists.

—Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale University

Listed as one of the Best Books about Colonialism and Imperialism by Book



  1. Introduction (Sept. 2005)
  2. After the Attack . . . The War on Terrorism (Nov. 2001)
  3. Imperialism and “Empire” (Dec. 2001)
  4. Monopoly Capital and the New Globalization (Jan. 2002)
  5. U.S. Military Bases and Empire (March 2002)
  6. The Rediscovery of Imperialism (Nov. 2002)
  7. U.S. Imperial Ambitions and Iraq (Dec. 2002)
  8. Imperial America and War (May 2003)
  9. The New Age of Imperialism (July–Aug. 2003)
  10. Kipling, the “White Man’s Burden,” and U.S. Imperialism (Nov. 2003)
  11. Is Iraq Another Vietnam? (June 2004)
  12. The American Empire: Pax Americana or Pox Americana? (Sept. 2004)
  13. Empire of Barbarism, with Brett Clark (Dec. 2004)
  14. The Failure of Empire (Jan. 2005)

John Bellamy Foster is professor of sociology at the University of Oregon, author of Marx’s Ecology and Ecology Against Capitalism, and co-editor of Monthly Review.

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Paperback ISBN: 9781583671313

Publication Date: May 2006

Number of Pages: 176