William Blum

America’s Deadliest Export: Democracy

The Truth About US Foreign Policy and Everything Else

America’s Deadliest Export: Democracy
  • 2013, 355 pages
  • Published by Zed Books (UK), Fernwood Books (Canada)
  • ISBN: 9781780324456 (UK), 9781552665596 (Canada)

For over 65 years, the United States war machine has been on auto pilot. Since World War II, the world has believed that US foreign policy means well, and that America’s motives in spreading democracy are honorable, even noble. In this startling and provocative book from William Blum, one of the United States’ leading non-mainstream chroniclers of American foreign policy and author of the popular online newsletter, The Anti-Empire Report, demonstrates that nothing could be further from the truth. Moreover, unless this fallacy is unlearned, and until people understand fully the worldwide suffering American policy has caused, we will never be able to stop the monster.

“A fireball of terse information—one of our best muckrakers.” – Oliver Stone

“America’s Deadliest Export is a brilliant expose of critically important information about the role of the U.S. in the world – yet that is arguably the least of its virtues. Blum’s book is also passionate when it ought to be passionate, and sober when it ought to be sober. It takes the raw data of international relations and presents it so movingly, so compellingly, and so insightfully, that when it reaches out for us to act – it has put us very much in the mood to do so. Succinct and comprehensive, reasoned and also impassioned, this is a book all should read.” – Michael Albert, co-founder of Znet

“As in the past, in this remarkable collection Bill Blum concentrates on matters of great current significance, and does not pull his punches. They land, backed with evidence and acute analysis. It is a perspective on the world that Westerners should ponder, and take as a guideline for action.” – Noam Chomsky

“Coruscating, eye-opening and essential. This is a must-read for anyone rightfully concerned at the destructive influence of the world’s only superpower.” – Cynthia McKinney, Presidential Candidate for the Green Party of the United States

“William Blum’s America’s Deadliest Export is another in his blockbuster series that has applied the reality and morality principles to work on U.S. foreign policy. This book has vignettes and longish essays on matters running from Conspiracies, Ideology and the Media to Cuba, Iran and Wikileaks. It is brimming with wit and with both laughable and frightening quotations. It is admittedly written for ‘the choir,’ but even the choir needs encouragement as well as facts and analyses that will keep its members from succumbing to a potent propaganda system. And we may hope that choir will grow with books like this that both amuse and enlighten.” – Edward S. Herman, co-author of The Politics of Genocide

“This book deals with unpleasant subjects yet it is a pleasure to read. Blum continues to provide us with convincing critiques of U.S. global policy in a freshly informed and engaging way.” – Michael Parenti, author of The Face of Imperialism

“With good cheer and humor Blum guides us toward understanding that our government does not mean well. Once we’ve grasped that, we’re far more capable of effectively doing good ourselves.” – David Swanson, author of War is a Lie

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • U.S. Foreign Policy vs. the World
  • Terrorism
  • Iraq
  • Afghanistan
  • Iran
  • George W. Bush
  • Condoleezza Rice
  • Human Rights, Civil Liberties and Torture
  • Wikileaks
  • Conspiracies
  • Yugoslavia
  • Libya
  • Latin America
  • Cuba
  • The Cold War and Anti-Communism
  • The 1960s
  • Ideology and Society
  • Our Precious Environment
  • The Problem with Capitalism
  • Media
  • Barack Obama
  • Patriotism
  • Dissent and Resistance in America
  • Religion
  • Laughing Despite the Empire
  • But What Can We Do?