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The Politics of Genocide Hardcover – June 1, 2010
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About the Author
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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The book repeatedly demonstrates that the US media is a propaganda machine perpetrating a particular myth, which not by coincidence is the very myth that Walter Lippmann set forth in the early 1920s in his masterpiece, "Public Opinion." Lippmann argued that such matters as foreign policy are far beyond the range of interest and cognitive capacities of the average person who, he contended, was generally capable of grasping only primitive stereotypes arranged into enjoyably simple narratives. Examples of such are that when the US kills it is noble and brave and its victims unworthy of concern, whereas when the US is attacked it is cowardly and base, and their victims deserve our deepest consideration. Our genocides are good and constructive, theirs evil and monstrous. Our allies are good and true, our enemies evil and dishonest, etc. They do a fine and convincing job of laying out identical atrocities side by side and noting that each is clothed in a different narrative depending upon whether it is friend or foe or U.S.Read more ›
Herman and Peterson write the best and clearest accounts of US sponsored and supported genocides available. If there is any criticism to be made of their efforts, it is that they emphasize media bias rather than masterful hands-on orchestration of deliberate disinformation, and they leave the bias much too much unexplained, relying on their Propaganda Model from "Manufacturing Consent." They are of the Z-mag school that denies or minimizes the significance of the operation of major US domestic covert operations and so relies on excellent scholarship but is silent and misguided about the actual organization of state power.
The book repeatedly demonstrates that the US media is a propaganda machine perpetrating a particular myth, which not by coincidence is the very myth that Walter Lippmann set for in the 1920s in his masterpiece, "Public Opinion." Lippmann argued that such matters as foreign policy are far beyond the range of interest and cognitive capacities of the average person who, he contended, was generally capable only of grasping primitive stereotypes arranged into enjoyably simple narratives. Examples of such are that when the US kills it is noble and brave, whereas when the US is attacked it is cowardly and base. Our allies are good and true, our enemies evil and dishonest, etc.Read more ›
America who has never endured occupation or a land war against its population since Revolutionary times has distanced
Itself from any culpability from grievous errors of judgement.
I have to give this one star because Herman and Peterson flatly deny a planned and executed extermination of Tutsi in Rwanda. Kagame indeed killed tens of thousands during this time; for the authors this isn't enough. In their mind, the majority of violence was exacted by the invading RLF, and the majority of the dead in the country were Hutu. Reading their responses to critiques of this position, I was absolutely disgusted. So much skirting! They talk at length about style, about authors they know... it's absolutely shameful. There is a literal mountain of first hand testimony relating to the '94 genocide. In fact the whole international community stood and watched on the ground and didn't intervene. H&P's evidence backing their assertion that this bulk of evidence is incorrect is breathtakingly thin. They have the statement of one general in the genocidal government and correspondence with his lawyer, and they mention that the main author of Leave None to Tell the Story worked for the U.S. in the past. Objectively, this doesn't do a damn thing to overturn that mountain of first-hand testimony. Honestly, H&P hung themselves out to dry with their section on Rwanda. Shame on them.
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This book, aptly named, is one of the most poorly researched and poorly sourced texts in the field of genocide studies today. Read morePublished on July 19, 2014 by Mark Gudgel
Edward Herman and his coauthor David Peterson set out in very humane way to tell how the victims of this world are denied even the right to be called by the so called western... Read morePublished on June 19, 2014 by Mir Raheel Talpur
Great book, very interesting, but too short. It gives a very good overview of the topic, but considering how controversial the claims are, it needs to be substantiated more. Read morePublished on January 22, 2014 by Greg Koenderman
I purchased this book out of curiosity as well as my appreciation for Noam Chomsky. I could not put this book down, and have read it three times within a 6 month period.Published on October 23, 2013 by Mindyz
This book should be mandatory read in all schools. Without reading it, it is very difficult to understand how our morals and feelings about right and wrong are used against us. Read morePublished on October 8, 2012 by JC
Applying the "Propoganda Model" (crafted by Herman with Noam Chomsky; see Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media) to the recent history of genocide and... Read morePublished on August 14, 2012 by BM
I am deeply disgusted that this book has been accepted as fact by certain readers. The description of the events leading up to the Rwandan genocide is wrapped in untruths and a... Read morePublished on November 18, 2010 by Erin E Welsh
Edward Herman and David Peterson have written a superb study of the uses of the term `genocide'. Herman is Professor Emeritus of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and... Read morePublished on September 7, 2010 by William Podmore