Monday, October 12, 2009

Noam Chomsky & Edward S. Herman- The Washington Connection and Third World Fascism

This is an important book. I originally ran into this at a used bookstore, Pulp Fiction, on Main in Vancouver and picked it up for two reasons: I love Noam Chomsky and I think Black Rose is an amazing publisher. In the foreward to this edition, Chomsky states that the original publisher he had already dealt with to release the finished manuscript backed out after reading it, considering it a sort of anti-americanist book. Considering Black Rose's stance on publication, it's not surprising that they took up this project and released The Washington Connection and Third World Fascism.
The book itself deals with post-Vietnam America and its military aid to countries with incredibly low standards of living. As well, as Chomsky and Herman discuss in great detail, these are the countries that the US militarily funds exponentially and are considered the biggest violators of human rights in the world and run in a sort of pseudo-fascist system. As with any Chomsky book TWCTWF cites incidents and articles that were never a part of mainstream media, but should have been more accessible to the general public.
Verdict: If you can find a copy and are interested in world politics, or just North American politics, definitely read it. It's classic Chomsky and Edward S. Herman. I highly recommend it.
What to listen to while reading: Handsome Furs- Face Control

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