Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World War II--Updated Through 2003 Updated Edition
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About the Author
- Publisher : Common Courage Press; Updated edition (October 1, 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 500 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1567512526
- ISBN-13 : 978-1567512526
- Item Weight : 1.7 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.2 x 8.9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #546,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Blum has a long-winded, but flowing style that is easily read. His vocabulary isn't too scholarly and only necessitated looking up a couple of words throughout the volume. My complaint with his style is his absence of emotive resonance, he writes about atrocities with a cool, distant calculation. I wanted more human connection in these summaries, I wanted to be pushed to outrage, to toss the book against the wall and scream in sheer dismay, but I was never pushed to that impulse. Another thing lacking is photographs of the main individuals involved and a map of where some of these countries are/were located. Otherwise, it's an authoritative journalistic work that well worth the exploration.
As New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison said in 1967: "...our Government is the CIA and the Pentagon, with Congress reduced to a debating society...We won't build Dachaus and Auschwitzes; the clever manipulation of the mass media is creating a concentration camp of the mind that promises to be far more effective in keeping the populace in line...I've learned enough about the machinations of the CIA in the past year to know that this is no longer the dream world America I once believed in...Huey Long once said, 'Fascism will come to America in the name of anti-fascism.' I'm afraid, based on my own experience, that fascism will come to America in the name of national security."
Blum points out how useless popular encyclopedias (Americana, Britannica, Colliers, etc) are when it comes to documenting the history of US interventions abroad. The mainstream media doesn't need marching orders from the government, "for the simple truth is that these individuals would not have reached the positions they occupy if they themselves had not all been guided through the same tunnel of camouflaged history and emerged with the same selective memory and conventional wisdom."
Please keep your eyes peeled for crazy Single Bullet Theory hairbrained stupidity. They are like members of an oddball cult, and cannot be reasoned with.
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Things have got even "better" for the "Good guys" since Killing Hope came to the book-shelves, but if your psychopathy is extremely low and you are not averse to being a bit outrahed, Killing Hope.... is well worth the read.