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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Common Courage Press (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567512704
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567512700
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 4.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,436,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mickey Z. is the author of "Saving Private Power: The Hidden History of 'The Good War'" (Soft Skull Press, 2000 and 2003), "The Murdering of My Years: Artists and Activists Making Ends Meet" and "Forgotten New York: Small Slices of a Big Apple" (Seaburn Books, 2003); and Senior Editor at Wide Angle.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Tracy McLellan on July 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
The vast majority of citizens of the United States are either unaware or don't care about the magnitude and regularity of the crimes committed by their government in their name. They rather think their government is a "light unto the world" going about its business, wishing nothing other than to be left alone to pursue its peaceful American dream. Whether this is due to the disingenuousness of those citizens or the effectiveness of these spins is debatable. This book is more of a too often obscure but important documentation proving the United States government continues to be, and with occasional competition always has been, the greatest threat to world peace. It serves also as a look into the modus operandi of the mafia enterprise known as America.
Mickey's historical reach encompasses with equal clarity events as disparate as George Washington's racism justifying the slaughter of Natives by labeling them savages and brutes, to the current campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq, and beyond. Yet his narrative is vivifying rather than ponderous. He touches upon many important U.S. historical epochs to prove even more than what the worst cynic might have suspected: the whole history of this country is conceived and steeped in bloodshed and suffering - and spin. From the arrival of Columbus in 1492 right up to the current imperial crusades in Iraq, Afghanistan, Colombia, Israel/Palestine, and, given the nature of spin and the complicity of the corporate media, who knows where all else, U.S. policy has been one imperial aggrandizement after another.
The Seven Deadly Spins are used to turn America's long historical penchant for war, brutality, and ethnic cleansing into something other than what it really is, often its very opposite, to justify it, and allow its perpetuation.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jordy Cummings on June 1, 2004
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Mickey Z is one of the best left wing writers (and a great poet) working right now. Everyone should pre-order this book and tell their friends. To put it in a simpler way - Mickey Z is more fun to read then most of the radical but dry books about Bush's war propaganda - and is also far more hard hitting - but as accessible than the troika of mainstream liberals suddenly declaring themselves anti-imperialist In many ways, he is comparable to a Brooklyn version of Paul Virillio - he sees through everything, but instead of writing like a professor of architecture, his style is that of Bukowski filtered through historical materialism. His writing is witty enough for a high school kid who's cynical about politcs but sophisticated enough for seasoned analysts like Michael Parenti.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 2004
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This is a must read for anyone that believes the government goes to war only for humanitarian and defense related reasons. Z in his direct, hilarious style exposes the fraud we call American democracy, through hard facts and clear prose. Buy this book for your relative or friend that wants to understand why you question everything. Mickey is their gateway to dissent.
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