Woods, McCoy, and Empire

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Today’s excellent LRC article by Dr. Thomas E. Woods, Jr., “The Anti-Imperialist League and the Battle Against Empire,” brings to mind my recent LRC blog concerning Alfred W. McCoy’s Policing the Empire:  The United States, the Philippines and the Rise of the Surveillance StateHere is a cogent History News Network review of McCoy’s book by University of Tulsa historian Jeremy Kuzmarov.  Of course my two favorite books on the Spanish-American War and our furtive leap into the imperial abyss are Walter Karp’s The Politics of War, and Robert L. Beisner’s Twelve Against Empire:  The Anti-Imperialists, 1898-1900, while the single best essay on the conflict remains Joseph R. Stromberg’s “The Spanish-American War as Trial Run, or Empire as its Own Justification,” found in that seminal Mises Institute anthology edited by John V. Denson, The Costs of War:  America’s Pyrrhic Victories.

8:35 pm on April 29, 2010