Book and Website List for Political
and Economic Information
Global Climate Change:
my book list:
The strategy of technology
by Jerry Pornelle and Stefan T. Possony;
Hegemony or Survival
by Noam Chomsky
Noam Chomsky is considered the father of modern linguistics. In this richly
criticism of American foreign policy, he seeks to redefine many of the terms
used in the ongoing American war on terrorism. Surveying U.S. actions in
Nicaragua, Turkey, the Far East and elsewhere over the past half a century
the modern American war in Iraq, Chomsky indicates that America is just as
terrorist state as any other government or rogue organization. George W.
invasion of Iraq drew worldwide criticism, in part because it seemed to
present a new
philosophy of pre-emptive war and an appearance of global empire building.
according to Chomsky, such has been the operating philosophy of American
policy for decades. Opponents of the Bush administration's tactics
out how the American government supported Saddam Hussein for many years
prior to the
1990 invasion of Kuwait (pictures of Donald Rumsfeld shaking Saddam's hand
to come by) as a means of pointing out how the United States is happy to
when it's in American interests. But Chomsky, armed with extensive
notation, takes this notion further, arguing how the repression of other
citizenry is, in fact, the very reason Americans support certain foreign
charges made throughout the book are severe, as are the dire consequences he
if current trends are not reversed, and Chomsky is no more likely to make
gain supporters from the mainstream now than he's ever been. But Hegemony or
is relatively dispassionate. Instead of relying on camp or shock value or
attacks as some of his contemporaries have done, Chomsky drives his
points steadily forward in an earnest and highly readable style. --John Moe
From Publishers Weekly
In this highly readable, heavily footnoted critique of American foreign
the late 1950s to the present, Chomsky (whose 9-11 was a bestseller last
that current U.S. policies in Afghanistan and Iraq are not a specific
September 11, but simply the continuation of a consistent half-century of
policy-an "imperial grand strategy"-in which the United States has attempted
"maintain its hegemony through the threat or use of military force." Such an
is bound to be met with skepticism or antagonism in post-September 11
Chomsky builds his arguments carefully, substantiates claims with
documentation and answers expected counterclaims. Chomsky is also deeply
inconsistency in making the charge of "terrorism." Using the official U.S.
definition of terrorism, he argues that it is an exact description of U.S.
policy (especially regarding Cuba, Central America, Vietnam and much of the
East), although the term is rarely used in this way in the U.S. media, he
when the World Court in 1986 condemned Washington for "unlawful use of
("international terrorism, in lay terms" Chomsky argues) in Nicaragua.
the U.S. is a rogue nation in its foreign policies and its "contempt for
international law," Chomsky brings together many themes he has mined in the
making this cogent and provocative book an important addition to an ongoing
discussion about U.S. policy.
Confessions of an Economic Hitman
by John Perkins (a true story)
In this shocking memoir, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, John Perkins
his own inner journey from willing servant of empire to impassioned advocate
rights of oppressed people. Covertly recruited by the United States National
Agency and on the payroll of an international consulting firm, he traveled
world—to Indonesia, Panama, Ecuador, Colombia, Saudi Arabia, Iran and other
strategically important countries. His job was to implement policies that
the interests of the U.S. corporatocracy (a coalition of government, banks,
corporations) while professing to alleviate poverty—policies that alienated
nations and ultimately led to September 11 and growing anti-Americanism.
Within a few
weeks of its release , Confessions of an Economic Hit Man landed onThe New
Bestseller List, then 19 other bestseller lists including the Los Angeles
Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.
has been interviewed repeatedly on national radio and television shows,
Goodman's Democracy Now, CSPAN's Book TV, and PBS' Now with David
Brancaccio. And now
the book is being published in 9 languages around the world. According to
Perkins, "It is accomplishing an important objective in inspiring people to
talk and to know that we can change the world."