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Uncle Swami: South Asians in America Today Hardcover – June 5, 2012
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The author goes into how some South Asian immigrants have moved to the US and become very wealthy, while others are exploited and kept down.
He writes about various South Asian political movements, and he seems to have a strong preference for Communism. I am not a Communist, but I have to admit he has some good insights. He says: "Military force has become an even more necessary component of statecraft as the United States sees its manufacturing wither and its society become addicted to credit and cheap goods from elsewhere." This is, I believe, why the United States keeps getting involved in overseas conflicts that are really not its concern.