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on 5 March 2009
An important book detailing the role of Britain in global affairs. Indeed much has been written on U.S policies, (with renewed interest on periods since 1945) with focus on the Arabian peninsular, Far East, and Latin America. However, the role of `reinventing' imperialism (or `humanitarian' interventions); following ambitions of those `old style' colonial states is less exposed. Along with research by economists or journalists such as John Pilger, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, John Newsinger, F. W. Engdahl, and Michel Chossudovsky to name but a few, this book provides much needed additional information, showing continued cooperation and bitter rivalries between nations competing for resources and economic control so as to retain influence over other parts of the globe.
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on 10 November 2011
Although I knew a fair bit about the history of the British governments inhuman foreign policies I found that this excellently written and researched book goes into much more detail and gives a comprehensive view of certain events that it covers.I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the history of the subject and who would like to know how the British government has acted in the past and still acts today. If you know nothing about this subject then this will be an eye opener and you will look at statements issued by the British government in a different light afterwards.
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on 25 June 2011
This is an amazing book that drill down into the real British and the US foreign policy. Mark Curtis is a Research Fellow who has closely worked with the think tanks and had access to written evidence to justify his claims. His statements are backed by references so readers is assured that the written material is not a pigment of imagination of the writer. The ghastly role played by the UK and the US covers the invasion of Iraq and Afhanistan. It's must read if one wants to learn about the real geo politics and amibitions of UK and US elites.
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on 29 April 2015
An absolute must read. Never mind the supposed 'true' history of Britain we are fed in school and through the media, this book exposes what has really gone on, and still is. People like Mark Curtis should be applauded for the research that they do in order to show people who are willing to listen just what really goes on in the world of the people in power. Those very same people who claim to be doing good. Mark Curtis is a voice of the voiceless. An excellent book.
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on 21 October 2013
puts the British myth of its benevolent empire firmly to bed with a disgraceful list of coups and anti-democtactic tactics employed by the British to ensure revenue keeps flowing in our direction.
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on 3 June 2013
A good and well written overview of deceit which most British people are unaware off?
Will read his other books
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on 15 April 2012
The fundamental aim of the US and British foreign policies is to benefit a transnational elite (an `overclass') by crushing independent forces outside the elite's control, by keeping crucial economic resources (oil, commodities) in correct hands and by helping disseminate a self-serving economic Gospel (free markets).
These ends justify all means: illegal wars (`people's lives are valueless when they get in the way of elitist interests'), arms sales (`the business of death'), trampling human rights, overthrow democratically elected governments, undermining independent national movements (calling them communist) or supporting dictatorial or fundamentalist regimes. Real democracy is seen as a threat by those elites.
These policies are also pursued via international institutions (WTO) and through monopolistic media, who lie overtly or by omission and are acting as Pravda-like state propaganda (Chalmers Johnson).
The ultimate result is a more unequal, more insecure world and a still lover living standard for the majority of the world population.
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on 23 February 2016
Great read.I have always known that the British and American foreign policies have been recklessly and indiscriminately brutal.The murderous acts they perpetrated on many fledgling nations in the 1960"s have not yet healed.The wounds are still festering.Guyana went to the polls in a general election last year(may 2015).The parallel with the 1964 and the 2015 elections,is eerily similar.Oil,Venezuela,America,Britain,Canada.I wonder.Regime change continues.Peoples"lives decimated.Anthropophagous maggots.While the world"s attention was on the Middle East and Europe,"They"rigged the election in Guyana and installed a puppet whom they can control.Only,this time it will be worse than the days of Burnham.When will America and Britain recognize that they are not Guyana"s suzerain?I
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on 8 December 2011
I saw Mark Curtis speak at the Rebellious Media Conference a few months back, what I heard him say led me to come back and buy the book immediately. Very interesting and makes you really opens your eyes to our foreign policies.
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on 30 May 2003
Mark Curtis' new book looks at British postwar diplomacy and how it has helped America persecute the Third World. He looks at how the Kenyan nationalist movement was subjected to torture and worse; how the UK subverted populist governments in Iran etc; how the MI6 tried to assassinate Britain' opponents. He covers most aspects of policy incl the Uk's role in the UNO and IMF. Unfortunately because his well-researched arguments cannot be dismissed as "Commie propaganda", the mass media can only ignore his book.
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