The Unraveling of the Bush Presidency

The Unraveling of the Bush Presidency

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by Howard Zinn
     
 

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Here, in the magisterial yet plain-spoken style of A People's History of the United States, is historian Howard Zinn's long-awaited telling of these last six years of United States history, a time when catastrophic machinations of war have dictated our foreign and domestic policy, and when voices of resistance have appeared in the unlikeliest places.
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Here, in the magisterial yet plain-spoken style of A People's History of the United States, is historian Howard Zinn's long-awaited telling of these last six years of United States history, a time when catastrophic machinations of war have dictated our foreign and domestic policy, and when voices of resistance have appeared in the unlikeliest places.
Perhaps more than any other American, Howard Zinn has helped us understand ourselves by deepening our understanding of our own history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781583227695
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Publication date:
04/01/2007
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
1,374,658
Product dimensions:
5.05(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.16(d)

Meet the Author

HOWARD ZINN’s (1922–2010) great subject isn’t war, but peace. After his experience as a bombardier in World War II, he became convinced that there could be no such thing as a “just war,” as the vast majority of modern warfare’s victims are made up of innocent civilians. In his books, including A People’s History of the United States and its companion volume, Voices of a People’s History of the United States, Zinn affirms the power of the masses to influence major events. Through a lifetime of pointed scholarship and principled civil disobedience, he has led and continues to lead generations in the ways of peace.

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The most recent edition of American historian Howard Zinn¿s classic A People¿s History of the United States ended with Bush¿s declaration of a `war on terror¿. This brief volume brings the story up to date. Zinn explains how Bush misled people into the wars. ¿It was part of a historic pattern in U.S. foreign policy to tell the American people that war was necessary to defend the United States against a threat, or to bring liberty and democracy to other countries, while the real motives for war ¿ the profits of corporations, the control of vital raw materials, the expansion of the U.S. empire ¿ were concealed.¿ He sums up that Bush¿s two wars have not brought democracy, freedom or security to the peoples of Iraq and Afghanistan and have not weakened terrorism. Far from bringing democracy abroad, the wars were violating democracy in the USA. The PATRIOT Act extended the state¿s power to intercept communications and gave it the power to search people¿s homes without their knowledge. Zinn particularly condemns the US state¿s authorisation of torture. He notes that when the US Senate was considering a bill to ban torture, Vice President Cheney visited senators to argue against the bill. Late in 2006, Congress passed, and President Bush signed, a bill allowing the CIA to continue harsh interrogation ¿ torture ¿ of suspected terrorists in secret CIA prisons abroad. This bill also ended the right of habeas corpus for anyone, including US citizens, whom the President or the secretary of defense designated as an `unlawful enemy combatant¿. In 2006 Congress passed a military budget of $500 billion and arms and oil firms got huge profits, while education and medical care were cut. Chief Executive Officers got 400 times the wage of the average worker, while the minimum wage stayed where it was ten years ago, at $5.15 an hour. Most Americans now oppose the war and want to withdraw the troops, and President Bush has the lowest ratings of any president in history.