Alfred McCoy has had a lively life. While still in grad school, he testified before Congress about his discoveries of CIA alliances with drug lords in Southeast Asia. He’s been subjected to surveillance and had his phone tapped. And along the way he has made America’s global power a matter of a lifetime’s study.
In his In the Shadows of the American Century, he states the truism: “the word empire is a fraught one in the American political lexicon.”
He closes with a quip from Niall Fergusson: “To those who would still insist on American ‘exceptionalism,’ the historian of empires can only retort: as exceptional as all the other sixty-nine empires.”