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“John Pilger’s work has been a beacon of light in often dark times. The realities he has brought to light have been a revelation, over and over again, and his courage and insight a constant inspiration.”—Noam Chomsky

“What makes John Pilger a truly great journalist is his conscience and bravery.”—Martha Gellhorn

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John Pilger is one of the world’s most renowned investigative journalists and documentary filmmakers. His other books include Heroes, Distant Voices and Hidden Agendas.


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Verso; Updated edition (April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185984412X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859844120
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,120,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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101 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Raymondjack on January 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Another reviewer said it best: Pilger is like Noam Chomsky, only he's a better writer. Exactly. Pilger's work is an inspiring blend of poingnant personal interviews, on-the-ground examination of "failed states," and laser-like analysis of the Orweillian spin machines of the New Imperialists. There really are sections of this book which will move you to tears.
It is a pathetic testament to the brain-dead nature of homo consumptus that anyone could actually accuse Pilger of "left-wing fundamentalism," or of being obsessed with imaginary conspiracies of the powerful. Clearly these are the ridiculous attestations of folks who get their "news" from corporate talking heads and radio imbeciles. When someone like Pilger comes along and actually does journalism (that is, actually GOES to the places that others only read off of Teleprompters about), the brutality that comes to light is profoundly disorienting. Such is the distance of the rich from the truth.
Please buy this book, especially for the section on Iraq. I defy anyone to read this chapter and then make a cogent case for attacking this country that has been decimated by war, dictatorship, and blockade. The violence of neo-imperial countries like the US and Britain can only survive if their citizens remain aloof and alienated from their brothers and sisters on the ground in the victim states. Pilgers's work explodes that complacency and ignorance. We need a hundred or even a thousand Pilgers.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Srebrenica Forever on December 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
Pilger offers a detailed and well documented account of gross global injustices and their lingering implications. He explains the underlying causes of poverty and terrorism and asserts that imperialism constitutes the most dangerous threat to international peace and stability. After you finish reading this book you will learn that human lives are not equally important (for example, American lives are much more valuable than those of Afghanistan, Iraq etc). Consider one of the most cynical concepts ever coined- 'collateral damage' which implies that any means justify the end, that is, certain human lives may be sacrificed but only if these lives are not American. September 11 was a horrible tragedy, let there be no doubt about that. Nonetheless, countless tragedies occur every day in other parts of the world of which we hardly even hear, much due to mass media's extreme bias. The images of the two planes crashing into the Twin Towers have been permanently imprinted on our memory. In fact, there are not many people in the world who are not familiar with the September 11 attack. On the other hand, how many people know what happened in Srebrenica in 1995? How many people know or even care about the number of the victims killed (inadvertently or not) by unilateral U.S. interventions? How many people die in Iraq as a result of depleted uranium and the sanctions? These stories are considered to be of minor importance by the mainstream media and are rarely even accounted for in major newspapers. Clearly, some lives are more important than others. Pilger argues that only by eliminating poverty and oppression and by respecting human rights can we obliterate terrorism.Read more ›
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Dr Ivan Jakopovich on September 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
''During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.''
After the Iraqi invasion on Kuwait and the American intervention (the numbers shown in Congress say that at least 100,000 Iraqi soldiers were killed, whereas the toll of civilian casualties was not assessed), Iraq was denied equipment and professional help for decontamination of its battlefields, which resulted in a noticeable increase of malignant diseases. Under the influence and control of the US and Britain the United Nations Commission for sanctions prevented Iraq from being supplied with necessary medical devices and supplies, for example for chemotherapy, even the vaccines for diphtheria and yellow fever, under the pretense of Iraq using these preparations to produce chemical and other weapons (that is why the Iraqi pharmaceutical plants were destroyed). Due to this "dual weapon usage" even the nitrogen oxide that is used to stop bleeding during the Caesarian section was banned. Very few journalists from the West who were interested in this bear witness to children dieing due to lack of chemotherapy and anesthetics, not allowing using morphine to ease pain - that is why people have seen one little bottle of aspirin being divided among two hundred patients. John Pilger, who won the British prize for the Journalist of the Year twice, the French prize Reporters sans Frontiers and Emmy (to name only a few), writes on all these issues in his uncommonly illuminating and sobering book "The New Rulers of the World".
Being aware of the situation, two chief UN humanitarian relief coordinators for Iraq as well as the head of the World Food Program for Iraq submitted their letters of resignation. The latter one told that even she could no longer tolerate what was being done to the Iraqi people.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Brian Bear on December 19, 2005
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While much has been said to laud Pilger's book already, I would have to add my own praise for it. Despite that fact that "The New Rulers of the World" takes to one's preconceptions with something akin to a tactical nuke, rather than a scalpel, the book is well researched and definitely well-written. Pilger not only does journalism, but does it with flair and style.

The already mentioned accusations of being a "left-wing fundamentalist" have also been something I have heard with Pilger's name in the same sentence. I would also agree that it is merely a convenient excuse for those who do not wish to really address the issues that Pilger raises, and those issues are many.

Pilger uses extensive notes and referencing, so you can easily check up on him. For instance, he made some very large claims about civilian deaths in Iraq causes by United Nations sanction. Myself, not believing that such an enlightened organisation from a "civilised" world could be guilty of such things, decided to check the United Nations website Pilger gave. He was not wrong, even by the U.N.'s accounting. At times, he mentions things that were stated in interviews that he carried out, but these are quite rare, and certainly not often enough to detract from his case.

After reading this book, I was fairly despondent. This is not a "feel good" book with a happy ending. This is a book that will smash your face in. It is not gentle. With a focus on human rights and other issues, Pilger has given us an excellent book and excellent journalism.
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