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James Petras is a Bartle Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology at Binghamton University, New York. He is the author of 64 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.
I would normally wait but in the absence of any reviews want to just praise this book as timely, with deep historical insights, and a few gaps and biases as well as no index, the latter almost always causes me to remove a star. The book has been rushed into print and suffers from that rush, but I fully anticipate that a second edition will be fleshed out, add an index, and be a full five star contribution. This is a print on demand book (Amazon's superb CreateSpace offering) and only 78 pages, it is properly priced and that I find especially commendable.
The author is nothing less than a superior analyst with very high integrity, and his historical knowledge, as well as his historical contributions to non-fiction literature, cannot be denied.
Among the core findings that I appreciate are the author's early focus on the complete ignorance of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [and of course also the Departments of State and Defense] with respect to both the opposition leaders (all of them, not just the normal suspects] and the underlying preconditions of revolution across all dimensions.
I am a little uncomfortable with the author's imposition of his own tried and true framework and his somewhat shrill condemnation of the West as "imperialist" but being guilt of the first flaw my first, and increasingly radicalized by what I see as an out of control US Government committing war crimes "in our name" and without Constitutional authority, I have to give this author and this book the benefit of the doubt and call this "required reading" for anyone who wishes to understand both the FAILURE of the Arab revolt and the ROLE of the US in undermining what the US SHOULD BE striving to support--the emergence of dignity and democracy for all.Read more ›