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  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Clarity Press, Inc. (July 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 093286354X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0932863546
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,271,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Petras is a Bartle Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology at Binghamton University, New York. He is the author of 63 books published in 29 languages, and over 560 articles in professional journals, including the American Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, Social Research, Journal of Contemporary Asia, and Journal of Peasant Studies. He has published over 2000 articles in nonprofessional journals such as the New York Times, the Guardian, the Nation, Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy, New Left Review, Partisan Review, Temps Moderne, Le Monde Diplomatique, and his commentary is widely carried on the internet. His publishers have included Random House, John Wiley, Westview, Routledge, Macmillan, Verso, Zed Books and Pluto Books. He is winner of the Life Time Career Award, Marxist Section, of the American Sociology Association, the Robert Kenny Award for Best Book, 2002, and the Best Dissertation, Western Political Science Association in 1968. Some recent titles include Unmasking Globalization: Imperialism of the Twenty-First Century (2001); co-author The Dynamics of Social Change in Latin America (2000), Unmasking Globalisation (2001), System in Crisis (2003), co-author Social Movements and State Power (2003), co-author Empire With Imperialism (2005), co-author) Multinationals on Trial (2006). His most recent title, The Power of Israel in the United States (Clarity Press, Inc. 2006), has been acquired for Japanese, German, Italian, Indonesian and Arabic editions.He received his MA and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful By K. S. Lutz on June 13, 2008
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This is the second book that I have read by James Petras- the first was 'The Power of Israel in the United States'. I enjoyed his first book as well as this one. He is quite an academic virtuoso providing a sociological, historical, organizational, and political perspective as to whom controls the world and its money, resources, and, of course, politicians. Mainly, he points the finger at MNC's (Multinational Corporations) that are quite effective at neutralizing any dissent, exploiting indigenous populations, and bribing politicians. He discusses somewhat the influence of Zionists in their quest to control the Middle East and the influence of money interests, i.e., hedge funds, equity firms, and investment banks, in capturing world industry and rsources. Moreover,Petras argues that China is simply a puppet of the Central Imperial Power- the United States given the amount of foreign investment in the country. I enjoyed this book very much - he is indeed thought provoking, challenging, and difficult read due to his complex and academic writing style. I think this book should be viewed as an academic reference- this is definitely not simple casual reading. The only few criticisms I had of the book was at times, he would have emotional outbursts against the Zionists and Capitalism in general- personally, I would refrain from this because I believe it leaves less room for credibility. Moreover, I do not agree with his idea that nationalizing industries is the way to go when it comes to foreign trade. Nevertheless, I recommend anybody read this book if your up for the challenge.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lee Foulkes on March 3, 2009
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A must-read for anyone who wants to understand world economics, all the truth about what the U.S. media is not allowed to report on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 7, 2013
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Petras does know what is love, what is truth, and what is freedom. Owing to it he is capable to see what is going on on the world level, where financial mafia misuse political parties and media to manipulate through behavior modification. As young scholar at Cornell univ I did call B. Skinner after reading his book "Beyond freedom and dignity" asking him :"Prof Skinner is freedom the best reinforcer"? His answer was: "Yes, in the closed room." Did Skinner and his followers do know what is freedom? Petras is smart and brave person and we urgently need much more such people.
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24 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Michael Tozer on November 21, 2008
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This title lingered for a long time on my Amazon.com "wish list". Somehow, with all of the reading I was doing, I couldn't find the time for this book. Perhaps I had some doubt as to its importance. If that was the case, the doubt was confirmed, having purchased and read this book. It was a very big disappointment.

Given the title of the book, I had looked forward to an exposition of the role of international banking and Zionism in the American Empire. And there was some of this contained between the covers of this work. But, mostly the book consisted of Marxist rhetoric, which is long on volume and sadly short on cogent reasoning.

The few sections of the book that actually dealt with Zionism and militarism were well done. But this was far less than half of the total contents. Most of the book had to do with a Marxist analysis of class struggle. And this is pretty much useless for those who honor sound reasoning.

In summary, we cannot highly recommend this book of Dr. Petras. Those sections on Zionism and militarism are worthwhile. But the bulk of the book is not. God bless.
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3 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Rich The Reviewer on April 8, 2009
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James Petras' political proclivities. He misses
the very vital UN-British'Israel'-Masonic con-
nection though. Though his book is very well
written it IS emblematic of the hit-v.misses
style of New World Order 'blame-game' that
permeates the right wing. Though Petras is
only himself slightly to the right. Zionism
sucks as does debt money. Certainly there is
a connection, but the zionists themselves are
not the big 'kahuna nui's of the New World Odor!
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