The Two Faces of Empire: Melville Knew Them, We Still Live With Them | Blog, The Long View | BillMoyers.com


The Two Faces of Empire: Melville Knew Them, We Still Live With Them | Blog, The Long View |

By Greg Grandin

A captain ready to drive himself and all around him to ruin in the hunt for a white whale. It’s a well-known story, and over the years, mad Ahab in Herman Melville’s most famous novel, Moby-Dick, has been used as an exemplar of unhinged American power, most recently of George W. Bush’s disastrous invasion of Iraq.

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