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Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire Paperback – January 8, 2013
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About the Author
Noam Chomsky is the author of numerous bestselling political works, including Hegemony or Survival and Failed States. A professor of linguistics and philosophy at MIT, he is widely credited with having revolutionized modern linguistics. He lives outside Boston, Massachusetts.
David Barsamian, director of the award-winning and widely syndicated Alternative Radio, is the winner of the Lannan Foundation's 2006 Cultural Freedom Fellowship and the ACLU's Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism. Barsamian lives in Boulder, Colorado.
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"What happened in Vietnam in the early 1960's is gone from history....it's essentially disappeared."
Chomsky then reviews the 1954 Peace Treaty between US and Vietnam, and the subsequent repression, torture and death of seventy to eighty thousand people in the years up to 1961, Kennedy's invasion and bombing of South Vietnam in 1962, authorizing Napalm (chemical warfare), displacing millions of people out of the countryside while destroying large parts of it. Then in 1963 the Kennedy Admistration organized a coup against the two brothers, Diem (president) and Ngo Din Nhu who were killed.
These covert actions soon escalated into the Viet Nam War (never declared by Congress) and is just one example of American Imperialism, at one point bombing villages 24 hours a day for a year or more, the B-52's long gone by the times the bombs hit.
If you, like ten's of thousands, made the decision to go to Canada, protest the war, or avoid the draft and may have had lingering doubts about your decision, this book reveals the history you could not possibly have imagined, and the evil effects of the military industrial machine.
Without Prof. Chomsky, you could never fully comprehend the depths of US foriegn intervention.
provocative questions makes this a book worth the time and thought.