108 of 111 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2009
FULL SPECTRUM DOMINANCE is a rare and essential book -- one that orients readers quickly and deeply to the world we live in, and how we arrived here. William Engdahl presents the historical background of policy making and decision analysis that explains how the United States arrived at its present "mission" in the world. The value of Engdahl's brilliant book is not only that it familiarizes American readers with a history that is not usually revealed to us, but it also guides us through the many overt and covert tactics employed by the US for regime change-- primarily via the Pentagon and its nefarious weapons contractors, but also through various think tanks and foundations with innocuous names disingenuously referring to "democracy" and "freedom." The "full spectrum" of tactics and deceptions and tricks -- both violent and non-violent -- is revealed here. Needless to say, this book falls within the honorable tradition of political histories that blow the cover off America's much vaunted pretense and propaganda about serving the cause of "freedom" and "democracy" around the world! It is the only book available today that covers ALL of this, with ample quotations and documents from the architects of US policies, in just 250 well written pages. FULL SPECTRUM DOMINANCE is unique in presenting the evolution of CIA tactics, ranging from its crude "coups" of yesteryear (as in Iran and Guatemala) to its current -- and perhaps more insidious -- use of "non-violent" electronically manipulated technological "crowd control" via cell phones and (as is currently evident on the streets of Tehran) Twitter. If Americans are woefully ignorant of the full range and dangerous extremes of American violence around the world, of American interventions into and manipulations of other countries' elections and environments and economics, then there is no longer any excuse for such ignorance. FULL SPECTRUM DOMINANCE is a "must read." To understand pipeline politics, the critical importance of Eurasia to US defense contractors, read this book. To understand how and why America has become such a rapacious and violent empire with bases all over the world and tens of thousands of agents provocateurs doing its dirty work from Tibet to Tehran, manipulating elections, staging phony "revolutions" to surround Russia with hostile Made-in-USA regimes, propping up American-trained puppets or fomenting chaos from Myanmar to Congo and from Ukraine to Iran -- read this book!
65 of 68 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2009
F W Engdahl has succeeded again at the difficult task of explaining the complexities of how our world really works and how we got to this frightful point in world affairs.
An exacting researcher, Mr. Engdahl, with his latest book, has taken on the task of sorting out the USA's real intentions as it pertains to the rest of the world. In connecting the dots he takes us on a journey of clarity and comprehension regarding the aggressive path our nation is on as it builds the American Empire.
To follow Mr. Engdahl's logical explanations of why we do what we do to the rest of the world is to come to the realization that the US may not be the 'good guys' we think we are and the rest of the world may have plenty of reasons to be wary of the US.
A sobering examination of our real past and current policies towards Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East and the rest of world community, 'full spectrum dominance', as the Pentagon calls it, is a strong-arm policy of control over the rest of the world that is leading us down a disastrous path towards a possible world war. We can't solve our world's problems until we properly identify them. Mr. Engdahl has done that in superb fashion.
47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2009
Engdahl's books are at the very top of my list of books I recommend to people who want to know what is happening geopolitically in the world, but more importantly WHY things are happening!
Engdahl, though an academic scholar and very well educated with years of experince has once again written a book that anyone can understand and which reads like a great documentary film, much due to the fact that Engdahl is also a journalist, historian and economic researcher!
Full Spectrum Dominance picks up where his first book on the subject "A Century Of War:Anglo-American oil politics and the new world order" ends.
Engdahl once again leads us through the matrix of anglo-american foreign policy and their century old agenda of literal world domination through brute force and covert non-violent means. The evil and criminal actions of the anglo-american empire throughout the 20th century which has now spilled over in to the new millenium are presented in great detail and just like Engdahls previous books makes for a page turner. Once again I cannot recommend this book enough! Read it!
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2009
I highly recommend William Engdahl's Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order. Engdahl added another tour de force to his record with this well-researched volume. In Full Spectrum Dominance, Engdahl crafted an elegant examination of the geopolitics of the Anglo-American power imperium of today's world order.
I was particularly impressed with the compendious nature of Engdahl's writing. Engdahl conducted involved historical research and distilled complex geopolitical trends with such an economy of words in this volume. Engdahl fleshed out the vague and insubstantial details offered by the mainstream media regarding the 2008 Russia-Georgia War, the Color Revolution phenomenon, the geopolitical and geostrategic ramifications of the escalating rivalry between the US and China, as well as the realpolitik behind the putative push for democracy internationally by the US. The reader will find their fundamental world view challenged by Engdahl's well-supported research. By adhering to rigorous scholarly methods of citation and argumentation, Engdahl presented incisive, cogent proof for his postulations without obscuring the lens with dogma and pontification. Engdahl wrote a striking assessment of the US military-industrial complex with great forensic acumen. I've read many books on history and current events and this volume was one of the best. Full Spectrum Dominance was a masterful corollary to Engdahl's A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order. Both books are indeed worthly of five stars.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2009
This book, Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order was the first book written by F. William Engdahl that I have read, and now can say with confidence, that I would be eager to read the others. I liked both Engdahl's style of writing and critical approach on many positions, despite being actually citizen of the US (if I am not mistaken). The thing that I really liked most in the overall structure and line of the book, is that the author has not played the "insider information" games, but rather managed to refer to the great range of quotations, documents, articles, opinions and just simply circumstances, which also means that any reader can indeed look and verify the positions himself, as everything is published and turns out to be hard not to notice.
The author managed to do an amazing job, collecting and summarizing all the small pieces of information, leaks and sometimes just dropped phrases, building up the whole picture of the current state. Once again, I would like to emphasize that at least for me, the most important moment was reference to all the sources and narration of realities through reading between the lines what is actually published. In this sense, would consider William Engdahl to be in the same group of people, as MIT professor Noam Chomsky, whom I also respect much and try to consider his opinion on many current positions. What I also liked, that the book is very fresh, covering most of the recent events from the more objective view, not from the biased side of the today's media.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2009
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Perhaps the documentation could have been better? At times Endghal made a few assertions without documentation to back up arguments. He also implies a tryst in which 60+ yr old Madeleine Albright had with Kosovo's 30 something mobster/prime minister. To me this kind of tabloid stuff should be left with the tabloids.
William Engdhal's book is a synthesis of articles which he has posted on the Global Research website.
Endghal successfully breaks down US geostrategy into managable parts. So we have China scrambling for control of resources in Africa, Russia forming economic Ties with the European Union etc. In Response, terrorism & humanitarian intervention have been used as a pretext for US military intervention in order to place a wedge between alliances which could challenge US hegemon status.
Any means justifies the ends. So we see US foreign policy propping up criminal syndicates in Kosovo & Afghanistan. Proxy wars in Africa and the formation of a Unified Combat command AFRICOM which serves as a device to control China striking deals with African countries for minerals/oil. The "Color Revolutions" which were influenced by front groups such as the National Endowment for Democracy which were controlled by the State Dept/US Gov't/ Wall Street interests..The elections placed US controlled gov't at the doorstep of Russia's borders & extended NATO's reach to control Russian/Eurpoean politics and economic integration.
An interesting read! I highly recommend this book
28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on July 26, 2009
I started F. William Engdahl's new book, "Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order," this weekend and literally could not put it down.
Engdahl begins with the US-Russia confrontation in Georgia and then takes us through the recent politics of oil and US military policy as the US asserts dominance in Eurasia. The goal? The US must make sure that China and Russia do not surpass the power of the traditional Anglo-American alliance.
For anyone interested in how the Slow Burn works, how the military holds the dollar up and the risks that rising levels of centralized force create, this is a valuable read.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2010
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As in his other books, F. William Engdahl exposes vital aspects of the world today and, in the first place, the battle for total control of our planet and the space around it.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall, important segments of the US establishment panicked as their power base (national security and the Cold War) fell apart: how to justify the huge arms spending and a massive intelligence apparatus without a direct enemy?
The solution for them was to replace the Cold War by a geopolitical agenda: Full Spectrum Dominance. Crucial aspects of this agenda are control of the Eurasian Heartland, the encircling of Russia and control of China's lifelines (oil tanker traffic). With the help of their diabolical media machine, this agenda was sold to the public under the veil of colonial liberation, democracy and free markets, and partly realized by false flag operations. A major aspect of this agenda is also Nuclear Primacy (First Strike).
As V. Putin stated: `today almost uncontained hyper use of military force in international relations is plunging the world into an abyss of permanent conflicts.' Adds Russian general L. Ivashov: `terrorism is simply a new type of war in order to install a unipolar world, a pretext to establish the rule of a world elite.'
According to Z. Brzezinski, those who control Eurasia control Africa, the Middle East and global oil and gas flows (the economic artery system of the world).
The Balkan, Kossovo and Afghanistan wars, as well as the installation of military bases in the `Stans' were (are) major pieces in an encircling network of Russia. The Yukos - Khodorkovsky affair was a battle for the control of Russian oil and gas (Yukos would have been partly sold to foreign private interests).
The wars in Africa (Congo, Darfur) as well as the Myanmar issue (control of the coastline of the Strait of Malacca, good for 85 % of Chinese oil tanker traffic) are indirect confrontations with China and its vital economic interests.
Ultimately, F. William Engdahl poses the cardinal question: can the US survive this obsessive and costly military agenda?
This book is a must read for all those who want to understand the world we live in.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2010
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Engdahl is one of the important historians of our day that deeply analyzes all the geopolitical forces that are rarely if ever discussed in the media. This book provides a clear analysis in understanding the true objectives of the U.S. oligarchy through a review of recent history and its causes, geopolitical trends, and U.S. militarism. Although there is a little conjecture in the analysis, mostly due to lack of competent journalism in the media to provide sufficient facts, it is a valuable read.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
From Engdahl's perspective, the U.S. approach to geopolitics after the end of the Cold War sowed the seeds blowback all over the world. Specifically, the U.S. showed a new unilateralism and continued big ticket military spending not targeted against immediate threats such as terrorism. This led many to suspect a grand strategy of creating chaos in other places. In fact, Engdahl sees the U.S. as a spoiler, using stratagems to prevent rival powers from emerging.
The immediate question I had to Engdahl's spoiler viewpoint was why the U.S. would have allowed so much trade with China, the obvious rising power. Engdahl's answer to this is that the Afghan War was expanded precisely to position the Pentagon in a geopolitical way to contain China. Since it costs the U.S. well over a million a year to support just one soldier or Marine in Afghanistan, I have not been able to reconcile Engdale's reasoning here. Nevertheless, I value this book because it tells us about the grand mistakes made after the Cold War and the likely consequences of those policy actions.
There are several examples in the book of popular movements being turned into color movements due to the involvement of foreign influencers. I think Engdahl offers a sophisticated perspective regarding these various uprisings. At the same time, Engdahl offers some surprising views such as his idea that there is no peak oil or global warming. I don't think Engdale's opinions on these issues discredit his core political critiques.