"The American empire": these words sound to Americans like an oxymoron, suggesting that their country has a lust for political, economic and military hegemony over the rest of the world. But William Blum shows here that encounters between the US and other nations have been of the cruellest kind.
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Ever meet a hit man? If not, then consider living in his political equivalent: The United States. In Rogue State: A Guide to the Worlds Only Superpower, find out how the U.S. sentences blasphemers to deaththat is, people and governments blaspheming the holy objectives of American foreign policy.
From incarcerating Nelson Mandela to dropping cluster bombs (which later turn to landmines) on Yugoslavia, from supporting Pol Pot to praising Noriega, the U.S. has been barbaric enough to do it. William Blum shows us how, even though Clinton calls America the worlds greatest force for peace, our Rogue State really needs to be leashed.About the Author:
WILLIAM BLUM left the State Department in 1967, abandoning his aspiration of becoming a Foreign Service Officer because of his opposition to what the US was doing in Vietnam. He founded the Washington Free Press, the capital's first 'alternative' newspaper, and developed an alternative career as a freelance journalist in the US, Europe and South America. He is the author of The CIA: A Forgotten History (Zed Books, 1988).+
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