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Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower

Author: Blum, William
Publisher: Zed Books

  • ‘This is not a book for anyone who wishes to maintain any cosy illusions about their own liberty… we find in these pages, meticulously detailed and annotated, all the instances of assassination, covert and overt destabilisation, election-rigging, sponsorship of terrorism, secret surveillance, brainwashing and provocation that the US has employed to further its burgeoning corporate empire… After reading Rogue State, it is impossible to hang fast to the comforting illusion that the ‘American Way’ is some kind of enlightenment.’ Will Self, The New Statesman
  • ‘Rogue State is a book of charges to be tied to a paving stone and thrown at the men in Washington.’ The Independent on Sunday
  • ‘William Blum, once of the US State Department, gives a chilling reminder that while there may be no justification for 11 September, there may be reasons.’ Mavis Cheek in The Observer, Books of the Year 2001

As Madeline Albright once said, ‘The United States is good. We try to do our best everywhere’. So – as the first chapter in this book asks – Why Do Terrorists Keep Picking on the United States? Some suggest it is envy or ingratitude. Maybe it is simply pure evil? Surely it can have no connection with the 40 foreign governments the US has attempted to overthrow since 1945? Or the crushing of over 30 freedom movements around the world, killing millions and destroying the hope of millions more? This well documented book, updated in response to the unfolding ‘War Against Terrorism’, tells a more believable story about US imperialism than you will obtain from CNN.

William Blum is the author of Freeing the World to Death: Essays on the American EmpireKilling Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War 11Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower and West Bloc Dissident: A Cold War Memoir. He is also a contributor to
Covert Action: The Roots of Terrorism and The Empire and the Crescent: Global Implications for a New American Century.

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