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  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Verso Books; New edition edition (20 Feb. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185984412X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859844120
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.8 x 18.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"John Pilger's work has been a beacon of light in often dark times. The realities he has brought to light have been a revelation, over and over again, and his courage and insight a constant inspiration." -- Noam Chomsky "What makes John Pilger a truly great journalist is his conscience and his bravery." -- Martha Gellhorn

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John Pilger is one of the world's most renowned investigative journalists and documentary filmmakers. His other books include "Heroes," "Distant Voices" and "Hidden Agendas."

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Spider Woman on 20 Mar. 2010
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Illusions can die hard. Mine were gone by the time I'd read this book - in part thanks to the documentaries Pilger did on these same issues. I'd expected the book to be dry, that the documentaries would be a hard act to follow. I was very wrong. Between the book and the documentaries, I'd recommend the book - though either is absolutely brilliant.

Others have covered the subject matter quite well, so there's no point in my rehashing it. The main thing to know is that what Pilger has uncovered is shocking and horrifying. Be prepared to acknowledge that your view of the world was far from reality - even if you'd thought you were a progressive and aware of what first world nations have done and are doing.

This is THE book to tell people to read if they want to believe that their country (US, UK, any other first-world nation) is a good guy, that their actions are based on doing what's right for people around the world.

Just tell them to read this book, and tell 'em that they have no idea what they're saying until they have. That goes for conservatives and liberals. If the liberals and progressives can still say that supporting their party (Democrat, Labour, SNP, Liberal Democrat) makes sense, then you know they haven't actually read it.
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118 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Budge Burgess on 23 Dec. 2004
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One of the great tragedies of recent times is the death of quality journalism; so much of the press is given over to hype, scandal, trivia, or spin, so much of the press is owned and controlled by so few politically powerful magnates, there appears little room for investigative reporting or thorough analysis. There are a few, inspiring exceptions.
John Pilger has an incisive writing style, a sharp focus, and apparently endless energy. For years, now, he has been castigating our political and economic masters, exposing the abuses of power and uses of corruption which dominate international relations and internal politics. In his "New Rulers", Pilger shines his investigative light into areas the press is usually happy to abandon to darkness.
It's a well judged package - looking at the plight of the indigenous population in Australia, at ethnic conflict in East Timor, at Turkish abuses of Kurds, at Western abuses of Iraq and Afghanistan, and at the tensions of the Middle East. It's a world in which globalisation is not just a word, it's a world where globalisation means manipulation of silence - thousands of people will die today, tomorrow, and the next day because it is to the advantage of the West and the political status quo.
This is a timeless enquiry. The abuses Pilger exposes have not gone away. They will not go away until investigative journalism, or crusading journalism of Pilger's quality becomes the yardstick by which we judge our newspapers, magazines, television and radio coverage. Implicit in Pilger's analysis is the recognition that we, each of us, have to get up and make our voices heard. We have to demand greater press freedom, we have to demand better standards, and we have to take to the streets and ballot boxes and protest ... until people like Blair and Bush are forced to take note and not simply try to explain away the suffering of the world as a necessary toll in their war against 'terrorism'.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Queen on 24 May 2011
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I am still reading the first chapter and already I think that this is a book well worth reading. Regular as clock, we're "bombarded" with documentaries or films about the two world wars and how Hitler and his cronies were such a bunch of evil people (which they were!). However, there's little or nothing about world events which are a lot more recent and put Hitler's actions into prespective, unfortunately, he was one of many evil ones but we only seem to hear about him. Why don't we hear about other equally appalling world events again and again as a reminder? Because they happened in Asia or Africa, not in Europe or America, and therefore they don't matter, because the atrocities happened to "unpeople" (term used by the author). Also, because it was the very countries that hail themselves as the defenders of freedom and democracy against the nazies (and others since) that promoted and supported brutal regimes because it was convenient for economic and political reasons. This is an inconvenient truth, and a very sad one as well.
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85 of 89 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 May 2003
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Sadly, as you pass by the middle of this book, as your eyelids are pushed further and further open, as the last vain hope that this guy is just an extremist melts like smoke in the wind, the true gravity of his subject and argument forces you, the reader, to look rather seriously at your current perceptions of politics and world events. This is well researched material cutting straight to the bone on strategies driving western foreign policies, with personal experiences and a great writing style from this highly accredited journalist. Compelling.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Mar. 2004
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Coming from a person that is well read on the Middle East, Asia, and other political issues across the, there is only one comment to share with potential readers. Read this book. Regardless of the reason you are interested in reading the book, it is truely one of the extremely rare books that I reccomend as a "Must Read". It opened my eyes to issues and matters that I was not aware off despite my extensive library. John Pilger's book compelled me to continue reading continuosly until i finished it in less than a day... it revolves around Indonesia, Iraq, Australia, and the failings of the international governing & humanotarian bodies such as UN, WHO and teh American influence on such puppet organizations. Must Read.
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