America's Deadliest Export: Democracy - The Truth About US Foreign Policy and Everything Else [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
It’s striking but unsurprising that nowhere among the blurbs decorating this blistering treatise appears the endorsement that most recently made journalist Blum’s name as an opponent of America’s foreign policy: a 2006 Osama bin Laden communiqué. The terrorist leader’s unexpected recommendation of Blum’s 2002 Rogue State, which the author refused to disavow, is just one of many points discussed in this sometimes overreaching collection of new and previously published essays. Blum’s uncompromising thesis about the inherently aggressive role of the U.S. on the world stage may resonate with readers disappointed by the Obama administration’s failure to back away from Bush-era ”war on terror” policies, a subject amply covered here. Blum’s experiences, from serving as a young Vietnam-era State Department staffer to observing as a journalist the U.S.-endorsed Chilean coup, sharpens the sting of his polemic. Blum can sometimes be his own worst enemy, whether he’s hailing Muammar Khadafy and Saddam Hussein’s popularity at home or leaving foreign policy behind altogether to speak his mind on a formless grab bag of topics. However, Blum’s voice, for all its stridency, remains strong enough for this book to serve as a valuable corrective to complacent mainstream editorializing. (Feb.)
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"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780324487
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 7/10/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Sales rank: 301,170
  • File size: 719 KB

Meet 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. He currently sends out a free monthly newsletter, The Anti-Empire Report. To be put on Blum’s mailing list, send him an email. Previous issues of the report can be read on his website.

email bblum6@aol.com

website williamblum.org

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Table of Contents

Introduction: US Foreign Policy

• 1. Terrorism

• 2. Iraq

• 3. George W. Bush

• 4. Afghanistan

• 5. Iran

• 6. Wikileaks

• 7. World War II

• 8. Conspiracies

• 9. Yugoslavia

• 10. Libya

• 11. Latin America

• 12. Cuba

• 13. Ideology

• 14. The Cold War and anti-communism

• 15. 1960s

• 16. Israel, Anti-Semitism

• 17. Social issues

• 18. “There is no alternative!” Really? There bloody well better be or we’re all doomed.

• 19. The Militarization of American society

• 20. Media

• 21. Barack Obama

• 21. Patriotism

• 22. Sports

• 23. Dissent and resistance in America

• 24. Bill Clinton

• 25. Hillary Clinton

• 26. Condoleezza Rice

• 27. Religion

• 28. Human rights/Torture

• 29. National Security State

• 30. Humor

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