By William Blum
For over sixty-five years, the USA struggle laptop has been on automated pilot. considering the fact that international conflict II we've been conditioned to think that America’s factors in ‘exporting’ democracy are honorable, even noble. during this startling and provocative e-book, William Blum, a number one dissident chronicler people overseas coverage and the writer of arguable bestseller Rogue country, argues that not anything will be farther from the reality. furthermore, except this fallacy is unlearned, and till humans comprehend absolutely the global affliction American coverage has brought on, we are going to by no means be ready to cease the monster.
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