£12.99 | $19.95
17 January 2013
216mm x 138mm
International Relations, Politics
America's Deadliest Export
Democracy - The Truth About US Foreign Policy and Everything Else
For over sixty-five years, the United States war machine has been on automatic pilot. Since World War II we have been conditioned to believe that America's motives in 'exporting' democracy are honorable, even noble. In this startling and provocative book, William Blum, a leading dissident chronicler of US foreign policy and the author of controversial bestseller Rogue State, argues that nothing could be further from the truth. Moreover, unless this fallacy is unlearned, and until people understand fully the worldwide suffering American policy has caused, we will never be able to stop the monster.
'A fireball of terse information - one of our best muckrakers.' - Oliver Stone
'America's Deadliest Export is a brilliant expose of critically important information about the role of the U.S. in the world - yet that is arguably the least of its virtues. Blum's book is also passionate when it ought to be passionate, and sober when it ought to be sober. It takes the raw data of international relations and presents it so movingly, so compellingly, and so insightfully, that when it reaches out for us to act - it has put us very much in the mood to do so. Succinct and comprehensive, reasoned and also impassioned, this is a book all should read.' - Michael Albert
'As in the past, in this remarkable collection Bill Blum concentrates on matters of great current significance, and does not pull his punches. They land, backed with evidence and acute analysis. It is a perspective on the world that Westerners should ponder, and take as a guideline for action.' - Noam Chomsky
'With good cheer and humor Blum guides us toward understanding that our government does not mean well. Once we've grasped that, we're far more capable of effectively doing good ourselves.' - David Swanson, author of War is a Lie
'Coruscating, eye-opening and essential. This is a must-read for anyone rightfully concerned at the destructive influence of the world's only superpower.' - Cynthia McKinney, Presidential Candidate for the Green Party of the United States
'William Blum's America's Deadliest Export is another in his blockbuster series that has applied the reality and morality principles to work on U.S. foreign policy. This book has vignettes and longish essays on matters running from Conspiracies, Ideology and the Media to Cuba, Iran and Wikileaks. It is brimming with wit and with both laughable and frightening quotations. It is admittedly written for 'the choir,' but even the choir needs encouragement as well as facts and analyses that will keep its members from succumbing to a potent propaganda system. And we may hope that choir will grow with books like this that both amuse and enlighten.' - Edward S. Herman, co-author of The Politics of Genocide
'This book deals with unpleasant subjects yet it is a pleasure to read. Blum continues to provide us with convincing critiques of U.S. global policy in a freshly informed and engaging way.' - Michael Parenti, author of The Face of Imperialism
Table of Contents
1. US foreign policy vs the world
6. George W. Bush
7. Condoleezza Rice
8. Human rights, civil liberties, and torture
13. Latin America
15. The Cold War and anti-communism
16. The 1960s
17. Ideology and society
18. Our precious environment
19. The problem with capitalism
21. Barack Obama
23. Dissent and resistance in America
25. Laughing despite the empire
26. But what can we do?
About the Author:
William Blum is one of the United States' leading non-mainstream experts on American foreign policy. He left the State Department in 1967, abandoning his aspiration of becoming a Foreign Service Officer because of his opposition to what the US was doing in Vietnam. He then became a founder and editor of the Washington Free Press, the first 'alternative' newspaper in the capital.
Blum has been a freelance journalist in the US, Europe and South America. His stay in Chile in 1972-73, writing about the Allende government's 'socialist experiment,' and then its tragic overthrow in a CIA-designed coup, instilled in him a personal involvement and an even more heightened interest in what his government was doing in various corners of the world.
His book Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II has received international acclaim. Noam Chomsky called it ‘Far and away the best book on the topic.’ In 1999 he was one of the recipients of Project Censored’s awards for ‘exemplary journalism.’ Blum is also the author of Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower, West-Bloc Dissident: A Cold War Memoir, and Freeing the World to Death: Essays on the American Empire. His books have been translated into 27 foreign-language editions. In January 2006, a tape from Osama bin Laden stated that ‘it would be useful’ for Americans to read Rogue State, to gain a better understanding of their enemy.
Blum currently sends out a monthly Internet newsletter, the Anti-Empire Report.
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