- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Black Swan; New Ed edition (4 Jun. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552773328
- ISBN-13: 978-0552773324
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.1 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Freedom Next Time Paperback – 4 Jun 2007
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"Pilger is the closest we have to the great correspondents of the 1930s... The truth in his hands is a weapon, to be picked up and brandished and used in the struggle against evil and injustice" (Guardian)
"John Pilger is the antidote to easy, comfortable thinking, to smugness, to ignorance" (Daily Telegraph)
"Pilger's gift is for finding the image, the instant, that reveals all - he is a photographer using words instead of a camera" (Salman Rushdie)
"John Pilger unearths, with steely attention to facts, the filthy truth and tells it as it is. I salute him" (Harold Pinter)
"The array of interviews with the voiceless and abused provides an indispensable corrective to the litany of disinformation we are fed by the media, and for this achievement Pilger is surely the most outstanding journalist in the world today" (Guardian)
The latest hard-hitting investigative book from John Pilger, the bestselling author of Heroes, Hidden Voices and A Secret Country. FULLY UPDATED FOR THE PAPERBACK EDITION.See all Product Description
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I particularly like the fact that there are interviews with people from "both sides", and this further justifies the conclusions that are being made, without having to actually explicitly make them for you. It demonstrates the cruelty politicians, governments, corporations are prepared to inflict on masses of innocent people. The book champions the human spirit, and details how people are still prepared to fight even when the odds are greatly stacked against them.
The chapters can be read independently, and covers the Chagos Islands, Palestine, the growth of capitalism in India and Afghanistan.
The general conclusion one draws from each of these chapters is the underlying horror of imperialism, racism, greed, genocide that is inflicted by a few on the many.
We live in a world where the truth is a very rare commodity, and this book certainly manages to redress the balance.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
He structures the book around five nations. The first, even after all these years, is likely to be beyond many reader's ken. It is a little island group in the Indian Ocean - the Chagos Islands. Inhabited for generations by the descendents of former slaves, they were summarily and illegally deported from their home to make way for a massive US Air Force base. The base provides a launching site for long distance bombers to reach anywhere in Asia. Two thousand people - those that haven't died from "sadness" have pursured a legal challenge to be returned to their home. The High Court of Britain has accepted their plea, but under US pressure, says Pilger, the British have ignored the ruling.
From the Indian Ocean, Pilger travels to Palestine, one of "freedom's" most shocking contradictions. Displaced from their ancient homelands, thousands of Palestinians were herded into grubby refugee camps. Those that weren't slaughtered by the invaders at the beginning of the occupation, that is.Read more ›
I challenge anybody who has a conscience to read this and not feel moved to try and do something to help those who have no rights, no future and no life.
John Pilger's previous books include one called 'Heroes'. I believe Pilger himself can call himself one now.
The true shock of the book comes with the following chapters, however, where we are systematically shown the perspectives of those who have suffered most in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the war in Afghanistan and since the end of the apartheid regime in South Africa. Did you think the average black South African has more opportunities to get ahead since the end of apartheid? or that the average Afghan woman is much better off since the ousting of the Taliban? I did - but completely erroneously as it turns out.
Pilger combines a concise summary of the facts with vivid snapshots of the situation on the ground in each location. He gives us excerpts from interviews with the victims that allow the reader to get a very personal perspective and juxtaposes these with excerpts from interviews with those responsible for the decisions that brought about the suffering. The combination is powerful and enlightening.Read more ›
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Bought this for my friend whom is a big John Pilger fan and he loves it.Published 1 month ago by Mr JWS
Imperialism at its worst - this book is a real eye-opener. If you are studying imperialism, this book is about how the nastiness of imperialism affects the ordinary people who are... Read morePublished 10 months ago by lobbielou
John Pilger has done it again. A fascinating read that details some of the great injustices of our time. This book is highly valuable and worthy of your time.Published 11 months ago by Sohail Aslam