Richard H. Immerman


On his book Empire for Liberty: A History of American Imperialism from Benjamin Franklin to Paul Wolfowitz

Cover Interview of April 27, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“The whole of the American Empire in six brief biographies.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“The word “liberty” has been used and abused so extensively that it has lost much of its meaning. Throughout US history Americans have appropriated the concept and ideal of liberty to serve different purposes and needs.  At almost all times, nevertheless, liberty has been an engine of empire.”

On the second:

“It was intellectually exciting to write about Wolfowitz ... even before graduating from high school, he came to see world politics as a struggle between good and evil.”