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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: South End Press; 1st edition (July 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896081346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896081345
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Edward S. Herman is professor emeritus of finance at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and has written extensively on economics, political economy, and the media. Among his books are Corporate Control, Corporate Power; The Real Terror Network; The Political Economy of Human Rights (with Noam Chomsky); and Manufacturing Consent (with Noam Chomsky). David Peterson is an independent journalist and researcher based in Chicago.

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Chris on September 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
Edward Herman, famous for his iconoclastic studies (e.g. Manufacturing Consent)with Noam Chomsky, published this book in 1982, though its themes very much apply today. Herman shows that the U.S. mass media almost always accept the U.S. government version of events without question, especially in foreign affairs and cater to its propaganda needs. Herman explains why it is that fascist military regimes in the third world from Indonesia to Brazil to Guatemala to Uraguay to the Philipines to Chile that have often been installed and given heavy aid by the United States and murdered and tortured hundreds of thousands of people, often in extremely gruesome fashion, and yet very little coverage has been given to their abuses, despite massive evidence presented by church groups and human rights organizations, refugees and many others, in contrast to the massive daily coverage of the injustices suffered by dissidents in the Soviet block, the official enemy of the U.S. government and much of big business. He examines why it is that, to give one of many examples, Brazillian labor leader Luis De Silva can be referred to at one point by a New York Times editorial as "the Lech Walesa of Brazil" and yet that same paper can devote very little coverage to the gross injustices he suffered at the hands of a U.S. client government and yet devoted massive daily coverage to the injustices suffered by Walesa in Communist Poland. He examines why it is that while unions were being eliminated and union leaders and members being executed by the thousands in Colombia, Guatemala, Chile and elsewhere, the United States government and its allies and the U.S. media, can launch into a hocus pocus of holy horror at the far less murderous repression of the Solidarity union in Poland.Read more ›
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mark on November 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
I was interested in this book some years back, read parts of it, never finished it. One of those sorts
of books, the kind that would be one of 10 - 20 I would have out at any one time while trying to
discover and better understand the world in which we live. Now it is November 28, 2001 and
America has been victim to one of the largest terrorist attacks in history. I decided to look again into
some of the writings on the war on terrorism which actually began long before 9/11/2001.
The Real Terror network is a chilling book. Ed Herman is an expert on terrorism if ever there was
one. Problem is he is not judgmental in his use of the term, as the media then and today tend to
be, so he is brushed aside from the mainstream (certainly have not seen him interviewed on TV
during our newest crisis!). Early on in the book he describes terrorism as the use of violence to
achieve political goals. With this as his starting point, he goes on to examine various activities of
what he calls retail terrorists (ie. small Soviet sponsored, the PLO, Libya etc) vs wholesale
terrorism (ie state terrorism).
Herman's basic premise is that the terrorism carried out with US support in South Africa, Angola,
Cuba, and by Israel far outweigh that carried out by the folks actually branded as terrorists, the
ones we are in the process of "smoking out" today. He goes on to provide a wealth of examples
of US support for terrorism which is documented in a very scholarly way. There is also a very
effective chapter examining the role of the media in defining who we generally think of as
terrorists, by downplaying or completely ignoring our own actions while repeatedly running
stories on enemy terrorism.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Guy W McNally on January 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is an essential read, but note the date - written in 1982, not 1998 as stated on the Amazon.com website. It provides great insight into US foreign policy, particularly in South America up to 1982. You can almost begin to identify with the 'retail terrorist' but then it's the 'state terrorist' that emerges as the real problem. It also makes you realize the enormous extent to which the 'american people' have been duped by the covert operations of Presidents veiled in Hollywood style PR.
When I see this kind of well researched content in the New York Times or the Economist, I'll believe we are on the right track!
By accident, I read the "Marcos Dynasty" after this. Enough said!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
I read this book six years ago, so I write this review based only on distant memories. After sitting in a train station and reading the first sixty pages, my life has never been the same. It is methodical, extremely well-documented, and never sensational. I recommend it as a fundamental building block for anyone looking to develop their understanding of the way the world really works.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Williams on July 14, 2006
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Twenty-four years have elapsed since Herman exposed U.S. state terrorism and the CIA moles inside the corporatist media that camouflage it. In 1982, William J. Casey and George Bush were lighting up Central America while Reagan was on the mend after being shot by George Bush's friend's son - John W. Hinckley Jr. At the same time in the Middle East, CIA-installed authoritarian regimes in Iraq and in Iran were pitted against each other and lighting each other up. War seems not only to be the health of the state, but its `raison d'etre'.

Today the Bush Crime Family still remains at the helm of what Daddy Bush called "a new world order" in 1989. Never before has American liberty been so threatened as it is now in 2006 by the Bush-n-Blair Crime Alliance. There are dangerous parallels between the United States and Nazi Germany in the way power and rights are systematically being taken away. The United States is sliding fast down the slippery slope to Nazi Germany.
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