'A fireball of terse information.'Oliver Stone 'A remarkable collection. Blum concentrates on matters of great current significance, and does not pull his punches. They land, backed with evidence and acute analysis.'Noam Chomsky 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.
William Blum left the State Department in 1967 in opposition to the Vietnam war. He then became founder and editor of the Washington Free Press. He is the author of Killing Hope (Zed, 2014) and Rogue State (Zed, 2014).
Preface to the 2014 edition Introduction 1. US foreign policy vs the world 2. Terrorism 3. Iraq 4. Afghanistan 5. Iran 6. George W. Bush 7. Condoleezza Rice 8. Human rights, civil liberties, and torture 9. WikiLeaks 10. Conspiracies 11. Yugoslavia 12. Libya 13. Latin America 14. Cuba 15. The Cold War and anti-communism 16. The 1960s 17. Ideology and society 18. Our precious environment 19. The problem with capitalism 20. Media 21. Barack Obama 22. Patriotism 23. Dissent and resistance in America 24. Religion 25. Laughing despite the empire 26. But what can we do?