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The Politics of Genocide Hardcover – June 1, 2010

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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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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Monthly Review Press (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583672133
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583672136
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,682,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Herman and Peterson (H&P) have written one of 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 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.
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As I write this review a used copy of this book is selling for $499. This book is available at the Monthly Review website bookstore brand new for $15.00. Gosh, which is a better deal? This ad plays its readers for suckers. The rating is five stars for the book, one star for the outrageous price, resulting in a confusing overall three star rating.

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.
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Important text which reaffirms the axiom that history is the story of the victorious party in any war. If we are ever to mature as a species we will have to get to a place where wars of aggression, and policies that lead to war against civilian populations are judged independent of who is in power or wields power. We are a long way away from that place.
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.
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The work Herman did with Chomsky was very carefull and accurate. This book may be pretty much correct on most topics, but it's not a gread source of information (it's a pretty slim book). In regards to some topics they mention I'd recommend The Fateful Triangle, Pity the Nation, Defending the Holy Land, Political Economy of Human Rights vols 1 & 2, and Leave None to Tell the Story.

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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