U.S. Foreign Policy Reading List

The Political Economy of Human Rights: Vol. 1 & 2

Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman, South End 
Analyzes the forces that shape U.S. policy in Latin America, Asia, and Africa, as well as the role of the media in misreporting these policies and their motives. “A major contribution to understanding political repression inflicted by the CIA and its related services on millions around the globe and the economic requirements behind such repression… A must reading for all those who would resist.” —Philip Agee


Noam Chomsky, Seven Stories
In 9-11 Noam Chomsky dissects the root causes of the September 11th catastrophe, the historical precedents for it, and the possible outcomes as the United States responds with its “new war on terrorism.”

Hidden Agendas

John Pilger, New Press (1999)
Chomsky meets Woodward and Bernstein in unbelievably good analysis and description and savage critique of modern imperialism, with particular emphasis on America’s junior partner England of course.

Rogue States

The Rule of Force in Current Affairs
Noam Chomsky, South End
In Rogue States, Noam Chomsky holds the world’s superpowers to their own standards of the rule of law—and finds them appallingly lacking. Described in a 1998 profile in the New York Times as “an exploder of received truths,” Noam Chomsky is the world’s most informed, controversial, and articulate opponent of political hypocrisy and abuse of power.

Imperial Alibis

Rationalizing U.S. Intervention After the Cold War 
Stephen R. Shalom, South End
Looking at Iraq, Libya, Grenada, Panama, Biafra, the Dominican Republic, Burundi, and other post Cold War hot spots, Shalom carefully documents the pretexts for U.S. intervention. “Lucidly argued and carefully documented, Stephen Shalom’s study of the pretexts for intervention is an invaluable guide to the recent past and likely future.” —Noam Chomsky
“After closing this book, one wonders, for example, whether U.S. humanitarian aid to Somalia might not be imperialism without the empire-builder’s trademark pith helmet.”
—Cynthia H. Enloe, author of Bananas, Beaches and Bases

Year 501

Noam Chomsky, South End
“Year 501 is another awesome achievement by Noam Chomsky. It is a devastating array of information about the U.S. role in the world, placed in the long historical perspective of the 500 years that followed the voyages of Columbus. The result is a wonderful single-volume education in history and world politics.”  –Howard Zinn
Terrorism and War Howard Zinn interviewed by Anthony Arnove, Seven Stories
New interviews conducted since the tragic events of September 11 and the bombing campaign against Afghanistan, Terrorism and War provides Zinn?s most up-to-date thinking on war, terrorism, and the new global order.

Killing Hope

William Blum, Common Courage
From China in the 1940s to Guatemala today, William Blum provides the most comprehensive study of the ongoing American holocaust.

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