Paper $16.95 ISBN: 9781780329871 Published April 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $24.95 ISBN: 9781780329888 Published April 2015 For sale in North and South America only

The Racket

A Rogue Reporter vs. the American Elite

Matt Kennard

The Racket

Matt Kennard

Distributed for Zed Books

359 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2015
Paper $16.95 ISBN: 9781780329871 Published April 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $24.95 ISBN: 9781780329888 Published April 2015 For sale in North and South America only
The story Americans are wont to tell themselves about their nation is a compelling one: the United States is a force for good in the world, a haven for prosperous upward mobility, and a stalwart defender of democracy and human rights abroad. With The Racket, veteran investigative journalist Matt Kennard pulls back the curtain and reveals a much darker truth. The picture of America he paints is radically at odds with that noble image: through Kennard’s eyes we see another America, one that has lashed the world to a neoliberal vision and has rewarded wealthy elites at the expense of ordinary people, genuine freedom, and the global environment. Building his case from more than 2,000 interviews with officials, intellectuals, and artists around the world, Kennard reveals how we are sold a dream and how that dream obscures the reality of the corporate state, mass incarceration, and the evisceration of human rights.
 
“In this important book, Kennard explores the direct impacts of militarized, globalized American capitalism on some of the most battered parts of our world. Most importantly, he never loses sight of the growing numbers of resistors holding on to their creativity and self-determination in the face of these forces.”—Naomi Klein
 
“Brings home in vivid and illuminating detail the reality of life and struggles of much of the world’s population, their defeats and victories, their suffering and vitality and hope.”—Noam Chomsky
Contents

Introduction

PART 1: HOW WE OWNED YOU
1. Creating a Modern-day Slave State
2. The Racket
3. Rigging the System
4. Cursing Your Riches

PART 2: ENFORCEMENT
5. The Mob
6. With Friends Like These
7. Might is Right
8. A Drug War Colony
9. War on Hope

PART 3: REINFORCEMENT
10. The First Peoples of America and Their Land
11. Working America
12. Destitute America
13. Lock-up America

PART 4: WE'RE LOSING YOU
14. Turf War
15. Freedom Fighters
16. Revolutionaries
17. Successful Defiance
18. Culture as a Weapon of Resistance

Review Quotes
Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine
"In this important book, Kennard explores the direct impacts of militarized, globalized American capitalism on some of the most battered parts of our world. With devastating precision and a formidable sense of urgency, he reports on corporate shock doctors in Haiti, imperialist drug warriors in Honduras, pillaging coal and mining giants in southern Africa and Appalachia -- and so much more. Most importantly, he never loses sight of the growing numbers of resistors holding on to their creativity and self-determination in the face of these forces."
Noam Chomsky
"Matt Kennard's perceptive direct reporting and analysis of policy aim to expose 'the racket' that dominates much of global society and to 'blow their cover'. His in-depth studies, ranging from Haiti to Palestine to Bolivia to Honduras to the destitute in New York City and far more, bring home in vivid and illuminating detail the reality of life and struggles of much of the world's population, their defeats and victories, their suffering and vitality and hope."
Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple
"Matt Kennard's The Racket is a powerful tool for self-education: it offers essential information about the insatiable and sordid nature of global, elitist, exploitive, profit-blinded governments and institutions that have, together, perfected the task of making billions of people miserable, poor and fatally unhappy. It also offers testimony from activists and artists who are not giving in, giving up, or lying down."
Greg Palast, author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
"Matt Kennard threw away a cushy career with an establishment newspaper just to let you in on a secret: you don't get the story, you get the cover-up. From Honduras to Haiti to Washington to London, Kennard lets us in on the details of buried truth."
Owen Jones, author of Chavs and The Establishment
"A crucial exposé of the powerful, of injustice, and of the war against the poor. It should inspire all of us to fight back."
Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums and In Praise of Barbarians: Essays against Empire
"A brilliant atlas of what Kennard calls 'heavy history' - the hurricane-like path of global destruction wrought by neoliberalism and wars against the poor."
Antony Loewenstein, Guardian columnist and author of Profits of Doom
"This firecracker of a book, written by a former insider journalist who realised the true, exploitative agenda of corporate media, unleashes a gonzo journey across the world of US empire. From Palestine to Bolivia and America to South Africa, reporter Matt Kennard provides a roadmap of deformed economics, state violence and inspiring resistance. The Racket's key message is that another, more just world is possible when political and media courtiers of power recognise their own complicity in Washington's destructive policies in the name of 'development', 'humanitarian intervention' and 'liberation'. Read this book, be startled and then take action."
Michael Parenti, author of The Face of Imperialism and Profit Pathology and Other Indecencies
"Matt Kennard reveals the ruthless criminal dynamics of global imperialism. His analysis is richly researched, keenly illustrative, and consistently on target. May this book get the wide readership it deserves."
Nawal El Saadawi, author of Woman at Point Zero
"I congratulate Matt Kennard for this brutally honest work. We need Kennard other writers like him who have the courage and creative mind to expose the lies and deception of the Free Market, Free Elections, Free Choices, Democracy, Peace, Cooperation, Friendship, Partnership, Equality, Justice and other beautiful words hiding savage brutality, violence, terrorism, colonialism, and imperialism."
Susan George, author of The Lugano Report: On Preserving Capitalism in the Twenty-first Century
"The Racket is tough, angry, relentlessly researched and riveting, in the grand Chomskyian tradition but with the added value of the journalist's mobility and on the spot coverage. Kennard's range is wide, both geographically and topically, but with a single target-the depredations of the US superpower's corporate and political elites on their own home turf and abroad that the lap-dog media rarely touch."
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