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KILLING HOPE Paperback – Bargain Price, December 31, 2000
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Well-informed readers may already be familiar with the basic idea. In brief, the U.S. Government during the latter half of the twentieth century waged numerous secret little wars, of one kind or another, against foreign governments and groups of which it did not approve. The avowed purpose was usually to contain a perceived communist menace. In actuality, what might be called communist means were employed to achieve this end. These means involved spying, wiretapping, propaganda at home and abroad; the rigging of or interfering with elections; the granting of monetary and military aid to dictatorships and violent opposition groups; the training of same in methods of subversion, torture and terror. All this and more was done without Congressional approval or oversight. The American people were lied to by government officials to keep it that way. A complaisant media helped it happen. To some extent, it is still happening today.
The above is fairly common knowledge. However, though it breaks little new ground, Mr. Blum's book's sheer comprehensiveness makes it an invaluable resource, which is my first reason for recommending it. In 383 packed pages of narrative appended with 56 pages of source citations, Mr. Blum presents the essential facts--and horrors--of more than 55 U.S. military/CIA foreign interventions since WWII. For readers ignorant of these goings-on, the total impact will be mind-blowing. For those, such as myself, already somewhat acquainted with them, the effect is still staggering. Noam Chomsky, quoted on the back cover, calls it "Far and away the best book on the topic." I see no reason to dispute him.Read more ›
After World War two, the United States emerged as the supreme power of the world and its only rival was the Soviet Union, which had gobbled up East Europe whose markets had traditionally been dominated by the Western powers. In Italy, Greece, Indochina and elsewhere Communists had gained great popular support, independent of any aid from the Soviet Union, for their opposition to fascism and the old colonial order or status quo. In Italy, the United States almost single handedly engineered the defeat of the very popular Communists in the 1948 election and in Greece they set up a terror and torture regime composed of many Nazi collaborators, and set up a similar regime in South Vietnam to destroy the 1954 Geneva accords.
Throughout this book, there are dozens of instances of CIA and U.S.Read more ›
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Killing Hope, previously published as CIA: A Forgotten History is a great way for somebody who is attempting to get up to date on the world situation. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Doug Welch
This is the biggest load of horses*** I have ever read, and I have read a lot. It is the typical method of taking a set of facts and making s*** up around those facts to fit your... Read morePublished 20 months ago by tom scarborough
This is not just a "conspiracy theory" book. It is a factual, documented account of US involvement in other countries since World War II written by William Blum, a... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Frank Fetters
I never learned any of this in my American History/Government classes. One can't help but wonder what else? Who knew?Published on November 4, 2013 by Mr. Smith
I read this book years ago, reading a chapter or two each night before falling asleep. I don't recommend it as bed time reading because you could get nightmares. Read morePublished on January 17, 2013 by Joseph Jenkins
It should be required reading for all high school students; to prepare them for the insanity of the American government and hopefully, the reader will learn to be aware and vote... Read morePublished on December 8, 2012 by Karim Mansouri