FREE Delivery in the UK.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Dispatch to:
To see addresses, please
Please enter a valid UK postcode.
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. See more of our deals.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

West-bloc Dissident: Memoir of an Anti-CIA Activist Paperback – 1 Nov 2001

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
"Please retry"
£5.47 £3.49
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
£11.99 FREE Delivery in the UK. Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Special offers and product promotions

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Product details

Customer reviews

There are no customer reviews yet on
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program) 5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best guy on Imperialism! 4 Sept. 2015
By Walter D. Teague - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Good political analyst, one of the few to clearly describe the actions and crimes of Imperialism. By the way, the cover is a photo of our group demonstrating against the war (and for the troops) on 5th Ave., March 26, 1966! Check out the story at Anti-war Movement section.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend 25 Jun. 2006
By Donald A. Brodzik - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A very well written, witty, interesting book. A fascinating history of a very turbulent time. A surprisingly honest history of the author's experiences, critical observations of the state, himself and people in general. A really good read.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for the serious scholar. 1 July 2013
By Barbara - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Important work that all Americans should read.
Incredibly well written. You will be captured by Blum's prose and his facts!
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cursed with a social conscience 9 Jan. 2004
By Luc REYNAERT - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book relates the Homeric battle, not between the few and the many, but between the few powerful (who are in control of Imperialist America) and one individual (the author).
Nearly all his fellow travellers left the noble cause. But he persisted and brought us such important and extremely revealing and painful books as 'Killing Hope' and 'Rogue State'.
More, he is amazed that some fellow travellers were CIA infiltrators! Or, that Big Brother lurks nearly permanently over his shoulder.
It was not only a battle against the powerful, but also against himself: his strife to live an easy life (as he says himself: his true, greedy capitalist nature), instead of more or less one of an outcast.
At the end, he is disillusioned ('As a member of the human race, I was embarassed that the 20th century was ending the same way it began, with wars and violence') and scared ('that my own government, responsible for more of the misery than any other human agent, would scare me'). Nevertheless, he continues to fight.
This is a book by a courageous idealist, who continued to defend his political ideals in the face of many defeats, which he took terribly at heart.
As the Magistrate in Coetzee's 'Waiting for the Barbarians', he personifies the conflict between personal conscience on the level of the human race in its totality and the conscience of the member of a specific clan. In other words, it is the battle between the only Just and patriotic bloodthirstiness.
This is not to say that there are not some weaker points in this book: no mention of the fact that the URSS crushed revolutions in East Berlin, Budapest and Prague, or his total despise of social democrats or his big confidence (or should I say, illusion) in the real nature of mankind.
Of course, this autobiography contains a lot of strictly personal facts destined to the '(un)happy few', but I still learned a lot, e.g. Eisenhower, Patton and MacArthur crushed the Bonus Marchers of 1932 and got big promotions!
An exemplary account of a dissident life. Not to be missed.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing read 18 Aug. 2010
By Bruce Piscitello - Published on
Format: Paperback
Let me add my voice to the chorus heaping praise on Mr. Blum's memoir/biography. I've read this book twice. The second time, some elements of Blum's biography -- namely, that he grew up in a Orthodox Jewish household sporting payes and tzitzis -- jumped out at me, whereas they'd seemed background information during the earlier reading.

The other reviewers here have done a good job expounding the details of West-Bloc Dissident's narrative. I won't add to these except to say a portion of the book's denouement centers on a scene in a London apartment in which Blum, sitting at his kitchen table reading Philip Agee's CIA tell-all 'Inside the Company,' comes across the name of a friend in whom Blum had confided for decades. Blum's reaction alone is worth the book's price; moreso because it's a true event.

If you're at all leftist in political orientation you could do worse than read Blum's book. If you're a right-winger perhaps this book (to borrow a phrase from Hunter Thompson) will make you spill your tea. If reading WBD does make you spill your tea, take video and post it on You Tube. Please.

Elites of the world unite! You have nothing to lose but your workforce!
Were these reviews helpful? Let us know