Author(s): Niall Ferguson
Is America the new world Empire? The US government emphatically denies it. Despite the conquest of two sovereign states in as many years, despite the presence of more than 750 military installations across two-thirds of the globe and despite his stated intention 'to extend the benefits of freedom . . . To every corner of the world', George W. Bush maintains that 'America has never been an empire'. 'We don't seek empires,' insists Defense Secretary Rumsfeld. 'We're not imperialistic.' In Colossus Niall Ferguson reveals the truth, arguing that in both military and economic terms America is nothing less than the most powerful empire the world has ever seen. Just like the British Empire a century ago, the United States aspires to globalize free markets, the rule of law and representative government.