America's Deadliest Export

Democracy - The Truth about US Foreign Policy and Everything Else

William Blum

America's Deadliest Export

William Blum

Distributed for Zed Books

368 pages | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2014
Paper $15.95 ISBN: 9781783601677 Published March 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Since World War II, the United States has repeatedly posited itself as a defender of democracy, using its military might to promote freedom abroad even as it ascended to the status of the world’s only superpower. The answer to almost every international problem, it seems, has been American military intervention—which is always pitched as a disinterested, noble attempt to deal with a crisis.

In America’s Deadliest Export, William Blum mounts a powerful case against this belief—and against postwar American foreign policy in general. Stripping away the lies that have hidden America’s true agenda, Blum reveals the real goals—and brutal consequences—of American militarism.

“A fireball of terse information—one of our best muckrakers.”—Oliver Stone
 
“This book deals with unpleasant subjects yet it is a pleasure to read. Blum continues to provide us with convincing critiques of US 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
Contents
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?
Review Quotes
Counterfire
“If you only read one book about global politics this year make it this one.”
Teodora-Maria Daghie | Political Studies Review
"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."
Noam Chomsky
“As in the past, in this remarkable collection 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.”
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