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Hidden Agendas
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 1 May 2012
The cold hard truth is presented in this book to dispel any notions of truth and justice that you thought might exist in the Governments of the world. There were moments when I just had to put the book down because I was so stunned by what certain Governments and people were doing to further there own ends.We must fight these few evil men and their machinations , after all we are many and they are few, more and more people are waking up to the slavey we are sold innto ........viva la revolution !!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This book should be read with Pilger's "The New Rulers of the World", and they will change your world-view forever. He author lifts the veil off international politics and shows how we in the West have systematically been lied to by our leaders. The heartlessness and the tragic consequences of their decisions will shock you. Where global ambitions and national interests are concerned, morality has no place. The week I spent reading these book brought on a spell of insomnia, I was so shocked.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
...especially now. Pilger can almost seem foolish with his blind ambition to prove that the western "civilised" world is the bad guy in modern politics but, by God, is this compelling reading?
Yes. Ultimately what you realise, whilst wrapped up in your cosy life, unknowing of the injustice and hatred that is meted out to the under class, the "forgotted people" of the world, in both the so called third world and even on our own doorstep, is real and happening. Happening every day of our existance on this planet.
Wake up. Read Pilger, read Chomsky. Learn about life. Not just your own or your family's or your neighbour's, but of the murdered and disenfranchised peoples of the planet that might not have a voice if is wasn't for such insightful journalism.
Don't go through life in a propaganda induced wave, but question what is going on and why.
These are truths about how your your tax dollars are spent, paying for global murder and genocide on a scale that sickens and shocks.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 5 February 2000
With each page, new layers of truth are revealed. I challenge anyone to look at the world in the same way once you have read "Hidden Agendas."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 29 October 1998
If you want to know what is REALLY happening in the world, the stuff that the papers very rarely publish or admit to, you can't do any better than reading this amazing book!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 December 2013
This is an unrelenting, scathing attack on the lies, treachery and sheer evil perpetrated by the West and its reprehensible allies.

Published in 1998, parts of the book may now be rather dated, but for me it was a chance to fill in gaps in my knowledge: on the horrors that took place in Indonesia, South Africa, Vietnam, Burma. The chapters on Vietnam I found particularly powerful: the torture, the massacres, the devastation wreaked by US chemical weapons - crimes which very few Americans have come to terms with. The same could be said of Australia and its appalling treatment of the Aborigines. Pilger is nothing if not fearless in speaking the truth, no matter how angry that can make people.

Compared to Noam Chomsky, whose style is more to bombard you into a state of submission with statistics, it should also be said that Pilger is a superb writer. I actually looked up some of his television documentaries on subjects covered in the book, but I felt as though I'd watched them already because Pilger had painted such vivid pictures with his prose.

I wouldn't say like some of the other reviewers that this book changed my understanding of the world - I sort of rumbled what was going on when Maggie Thatcher got into power! Like most people, though, I sometimes get complacent, whereas John Pilger seems to exist in a state of absolute fury every second of every day, and for that I do very much admire him. It's a crooked, rotten, brutal world out there, and reading stuff like this helps you not to forget it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 9 February 2009
"We are told that the poor are grateful for charity. Some of them are, no doubt, but the best among the poor are never grateful. They are ungrateful, disobediant and rebellious. They are quite right to be so. Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue" Oscar Wilde.

One of the truely great journalistic accounts detailing the 'hidden histories' of the dispossessed and powerless characterised by the new age of global interventionism.
From Australia to Burma; East Timor to Diego Garcia, John Pilger provides a stunning critique of our 'media age' of modernisation and globalisation, providing a voice for the "Unpeople" seldom if ever heard before.
It's difficult to pick a particular chapter over any other but the chapter Pilger writes about Rupert Murdoch "A Cultural Chernobyl" should certainly be obligatory reading for any media and politics students and provides a chilling account of just how far and how quick this shabby little government were happy to deregulate, deregulate, deregulate and hop into bed with Murdoch's equally shabby little media empire.
There is also much analysis of Foreign policy at work; the human rights abuses, destabiliisations of legitimate elected bodies, sponsorship of terrorism, malfeasance and barbarity. The central tenet of this book is the exposing of 'power, propaganda and censorship' the 'hidden agendas' which exist whilst also providing a platform for those who have the courage, tenacity and unbreakable resolve to fight the oppressors.
Outstanding and inspiring journalism.
We resist to win!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
John Pilger is an older style journalist who writes in a clear, informative and interesting style and, although sometimes the subjects about which he writes can feel like a conspiracy theory, often for me revealing my own naivety and/or lack of knowledge, he is always probing with skill.
It is a good collection well worth buying as an introduction to his style or as an addition to the collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 1999
John Pilger is one of the most respected investigative journalists writing today, and this book is up to his usual standard. Uncovering the real stories behind what you see in the media, this book discusses a wide range of issues including East Timor, the Liverpool Dockers and press ownership.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 1999
A moving piece of investigative journalism. Take stock of this sad truth unfolding the sick, perverse and frustrating world most disadvantage people experience every waking day of their lives... A man who uses his eyes to see!
Wayne Ramsay
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