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Dirty Truths Paperback – January 1, 2001
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The book should open a few eyes with the author's ability to bring out the way the liberal based media has undermined our society and hidden the real truth from it. Parenti's ability to delve deep into the black hole of the media elite and gives this reviewer a belief that honesty still exists.
Parenti's book covers a wide and varied variety of social and moral issues, from free speech and the first amendment to racism and white supremacy. What this book does is what the press and media failed to do - report the facts and report the truth.
The books ends on a high note with three poems from the author. Michael Parenti provides insight that few, if any, writers have or will do. Congratulations on a job well done. I look forward to Parenti's next work.
Perhaps the book's most informative chapter is "Hidden Holocaust, USA", a compilation of negative social statistics drawn from the US Census Bureau. There the author makes a strong case against conventional claims that the US is a happy nation. The negative numbers paint a far grimmer picture, giving the lie to those Repubocrat politicians who loudly claim to love the country, at the same time they pursue profits over people.
Despite the author's scholarly background, this is not a scholarly work. There is very little foot-noting. Most of the chapters read like op-ed pieces; ones, however, that are never found in corporate news outlets, which is the real value of an informed work like this. For so long as the powers-that-be tolerate a fringe press, the public will have at least some access to the dirty truths filtered out of the mainstream. It is to Parenti's credit that he delivers the goods.
Sometimes I wonder why so many people are turned off by conspiracy theories. Do they think that conspiracies don't happen in the U.S.? Sorry, non-believers. Conspiracies are real, and they can happen anywhere.
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By Michael Parenti
I would call this book a Michael Parenti sampler. Read more
I was waiting for the book to blame conservatives for human mortality and to suggest that Liberals could solve it. Read morePublished on March 29, 2004
Parenti is a lesser known figure on the American Left (as opposed to Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky or Ralph Nader). Read morePublished on August 14, 2002 by Tim Kidd