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

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

by William Blum
     
 

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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

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.

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.)
From the Publisher
"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

Counterfire
“If you only read one book about global politics this year make it this one.”
Noam Chomsky
“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.”

Michael Albert
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.”
David Swanson
“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.”
Cynthia McKinney
“Coruscating, eye-opening and essential. This is a must-read for anyone rightfully concerned at the destructive influence of the world's only superpower.”
Edward S. Herman
“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.”

Michael Parenti
'”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.”
Political Studies Review - Teodora-Maria Daghie
"Blum's forthright book successfully portrays a non-mainstream image of the US after the Second World War. His blunt analysis of raw data gives us a somewhat inconvenient perspective of Western international affairs. . . . A valuable resource."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780324487
Publisher:
Zed Books
Publication date:
07/10/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
736 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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