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

William Blum
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17 Jan 2013
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.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zed Books Ltd (17 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780324456
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780324456
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.1 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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. Mr Blum has been a freelance journalist in the US, Europe and South America. His stay in Chile in 1972-3, writing about the Allende government's 'socialist experiment', and then its tragic overthrow in a CIA-designed coup, instilled in him a personal involvement and an even more heightened interest in what his government was doing in various corners of the world. He is the author of 'Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II', and the controversial bestseller 'Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower'. He currently sends out a monthly Internet newsletter, the Anti-Empire Report.

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'A fireball of terse information - one of our best muckrakers.'
Oliver Stone

'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.'
Michael Albert

'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.'
Noam Chomsky

'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

'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

Praise for Rogue State

'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, New Statesman

'Rogue State is a book of charges to be tied to a paving stone and thrown at the men in Washington'
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, Observer

About 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. His stay in Chile in 1972-73, writing about the Allende government's 'socialist experiment,' and then its tragic overthrow in a CIA-designed coup, instilled in him a personal involvement and an even more heightened interest in what his government was doing in various corners of the world. His book Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II has received international acclaim. Noam Chomsky called it Far and away the best book on the topic. In 1999 he was one of the recipients of Project Censored s awards for exemplary journalism. Blum is also the author of Rogue State: A Guide to the World s Only Superpower, West-Bloc Dissident: A Cold War Memoir, and Freeing the World to Death: Essays on the American Empire. His books have been translated into 27 foreign-language editions. In January 2006, a tape from Osama bin Laden stated that it would be useful for Americans to read Rogue State, to gain a better understanding of their enemy. Blum currently sends out a monthly Internet newsletter, the Anti-Empire Report.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eyeopening 27 May 2013
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Fantastic Book. Insightful, honest and well presented. A shocking read and a must for anyone who has been drawn in by US propaganda.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 26 Nov 2013
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William Blum delivers again. Exposes the hypocrisy behind politicians of all persuasions and the depths they will sink to in order to preserve their cosy little worlds.
A recommended read for anyone fed up with the status quo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading 8 May 2014
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Blum is succinct, easy to read while imparting a vast amount of material which doesn't get into the popular media and certainly ought to. It's absolutely basic to understand the present crisis in Ukraine, for example: his first lesson being that nothing can be known unless you realize that, contrary to common belief, America does not - and never has - acted for the GOOD.
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William Blum, author of such classics as Killing Hope, Freeing the world to death and Rogue state, has produced another vital book. If you want to know what is really going on in the world, this is one of the books you should read.

He shows how since 1945 the rulers of the USSR have tried to overthrow more than 50 foreign governments, most of which were democratically elected; interfered in the elections of at least 30 countries; tried to kill more than 50 foreign leaders; bombed the peoples of more than 30 countries; and tried to suppress a populist or nationalist movement in 20 countries. Oh sorry, just noticed a typo, I wrote USSR but it was the USA did all this.

Blum notes that Germany's president Horst Koehler resigned in June 2010 after he said that German forces were fighting in Afghanistan because the German government had "to protect our interests, for example free trade routes, or to prevent regional instability which might certainly have a negative effect on our trade, jobs and earnings."

The author reminds us that a 1986 US Army manual outlined the then secular Afghan government's policies towards women: "provisions of complete freedom of choice of marriage partner, and fixation of the minimum age at marriage at 16 for women and 18 for men ... abolished forced marriages ... bring [women] out of seclusion, and initiate social programs ... extensive literacy programs, especially for women ... putting girls and boys in the same classroom ... concerned with changing gender roles and giving women a more active role in politics." So the US government did all it could to help that government against the bigots who wanted to force women back into serfdom - oh no, sorry again, it armed and backed the bigots.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Do you want to know the truth? 15 Nov 2013
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If you decide to read William Blum's America's Deadliest Export - Democracy be prepare for reading the chilling truth about our "cousins" the USA.
Blum is hands down the best commentator on this deadly theme
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