In 2008, when the US National Intelligence Council issued its latest report meant for the administration of newly elected President Barack Obama, it predicted that the planet's 'sole superpower' would suffer a modest decline and a soft landing 15 years hence. In his new book, The United States of Fear, Tom Engelhardt makes it clear that Americans should don their crash helmets and buckle their seat belts, because the US is on the path to a major decline at a startling speed.
Tom Engelhardt created and runs Tomdispatch.com, a project of the Nation Institute where he is a Fellow. He is the author The American Way of War: How Bush's Wars Became Obama's, The End of Victory Culture, and of a novel, The Last Days of Publishing, as well as a collection of his Tomdispatch interviews, Mission Unaccomplished. Englehardt is also co-founder and co-editor of Metropolitan Books' The American Empire Project.