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America’s Deadliest Export: Democracy-The Truth About US Foreign Policy and Everything Else

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Author: William Blum 

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Zed Books (February 5, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1780324456
ISBN-13: 978-1780324456

Book Description

For over 65 years, the United States war machine has been on auto pilot. Since World War II, the world has believed that US foreign policy means well, and that America’s motives in spreading democracy are honorable, even noble. In this startling and provocative book from William Blum, one of the United States’ leading non-mainstream chroniclers of American foreign policy and author of the popular online newsletter, Anti-Empire Reports, demonstrates 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.

Editorial Reviews

"A fireball of terse information—one of our best muckrakers." - Oliver Stone

"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

"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

Table of Contents

Introduction; U.S. Foreign Policy vs. the World; Terrorism; Iraq; Afghanistan; Iran; George W. Bush; Condoleezza Rice; Human Rights, Civil Liberties and Torture; Wikileaks; Conspiracies; Yugoslavia; Libya; Latin America; Cuba; The Cold War and Anti-Communism; The 1960s; Ideology and Society; Our Precious Environment; The Problem with Capitalism; Media; Barack Obama; Patriotism; Dissent and Resistance in America; Religion; Laughing Despite the Empire; 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 1972-3, 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. He is the author of Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II, and the controversial bestseller Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower. He currently sends out a monthly Internet newsletter, the Anti-Empire Report.

*Photo Credit: William Blum Official Website

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