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Title: GLOBALISATION, DEMOCRACY AND TERRORISM Authors: Eric Hobsbawm, (Eric John Ernest Hobsbawm, E. J. Hobsbawm)Publisher: ABACUSPublication Date: 2008Genre: Politics, History, USA, American, Terrorism, NationalismReviews** ‘Hobsbawm is as intellectually lively and politically provocative as ever in these lectures on the “barbarisation” of society through technology, economic activity and globalisation’ THE TIMES
** ‘This collection of recent essays gives a good sense of the vigour and passion with which this famous intellectual surveys the contemporary world’ SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
** ‘Britain’s greatest living left-wing historian … GLOBALISATION, DEMOCRACY AND TERRORISM picks up where the bestselling AGE OF EXTREMES and THE NEW CENTURY left off’ THE SCOTSMAN
** ‘Hobsbawm is one of the leading intellectual authors of the concepts and language in which all of us now discuss our situation. He sketches here with great lucidity and his usual effortless compression the new landscape of the 21st century’ GUARDIAN
** ‘Eric Hobsbawm rounds off his splendid histories of the 19th and 20th centuries with a look at the factors that will shape the 21st … This book contains many valuable insights, presented in a clear and concrete fashion; it deserves to be widely read’ SOCIALIST REVIEW
** ‘The lasting impression of these speeches is of a fiercely unsentimental historian who has not stopped speaking out against Western imperialism’ METROISBN-10: 0349120668ISBN-13: 978-0349120669

Title: GLOBALISATION, DEMOCRACY AND TERRORISM
Authors: Eric Hobsbawm, (Eric John Ernest Hobsbawm, E. J. Hobsbawm)
Publisher: ABACUS
Publication Date: 2008
Genre: Politics, History, USA, American, Terrorism, Nationalism

Reviews

** ‘Hobsbawm is as intellectually lively and politically provocative as ever in these lectures on the “barbarisation” of society through technology, economic activity and globalisation’ THE TIMES

** ‘This collection of recent essays gives a good sense of the vigour and passion with which this famous intellectual surveys the contemporary world’ SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

** ‘Britain’s greatest living left-wing historian … GLOBALISATION, DEMOCRACY AND TERRORISM picks up where the bestselling AGE OF EXTREMES and THE NEW CENTURY left off’ THE SCOTSMAN

** ‘Hobsbawm is one of the leading intellectual authors of the concepts and language in which all of us now discuss our situation. He sketches here with great lucidity and his usual effortless compression the new landscape of the 21st century’ GUARDIAN

** ‘Eric Hobsbawm rounds off his splendid histories of the 19th and 20th centuries with a look at the factors that will shape the 21st … This book contains many valuable insights, presented in a clear and concrete fashion; it deserves to be widely read’ SOCIALIST REVIEW

** ‘The lasting impression of these speeches is of a fiercely unsentimental historian who has not stopped speaking out against Western imperialism’ METRO

ISBN-10: 0349120668
ISBN-13: 978-0349120669

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Title: Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel’s War Against the PalestiniansAuthors: Noam Chomsky, Ilan PappéEditor: Frank BaratPublisher: Haymarket Books; Original editionPublication Date: November 9, 2010Genre: Politics, History, Palestine, USA, Israel Summary Description:From Publishers WeeklyAlthough much of the material collected here precedes Israel’s recent military attack on a Gaza-bound international flotilla of embargo-breaking humanitarian aid, this succinct and eye-opening collection of recent interviews and essays from the renowned linguist and activist Chomsky (Hopes and Prospects) and prominent Israeli historian Pappé (The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine) gives essential context to the crisis. The reader will find Chomsky’s consistent positions on everything from the origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the issue of a one- versus two-state settlement. Pappé adds vital and unexpected historical background, including a chapter on the deep American evangelical roots in the support of Zionism and the birth of modern Arab nationalism in Palestine. Pappé and Chomsky are not perfectly in synch on every point: Chomsky remains skeptical of an academic boycott of Israel, for instance, called for in the past by Pappé and others. But the fundamentals of the crisis—and its scale in humanitarian, moral and political terms—are clear, as well as clearly expressed, between them. This sober and unflinching analysis should be read and reckoned with by anyone concerned with practicable change in the long-suffering region. (Nov.) (c) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.—-"Chomsky is a global phenomenon … he may be the most widely read American voice on foreign policy on the planet."—The New York Times Book Review"Ilan Pappé is Israel’s bravest, most principled, most incisive historian."—John PilgerDescribed by a UN fact-finding mission as “a deliberately disproportionate attack designed to punish, humiliate, and terrorize a civilian population,” Israel’s Operation Cast Lead thrust the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip into the center of the debate about the Israel/Palestine conflict.In Gaza in Crisis, Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappé, two of the issue’s most insightful and prominent critical voices, survey the fallout from Israel’s conduct in Gaza and place it into the context of Israel’s longstanding occupation of Palestine.Noam Chomsky is one of the world’s foremost social critics, and one of its most prolific. He is author of Failed States and Hegemony or Survival, both New York Times bestsellers. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, and is institute professor emeritus in the MIT Department of Linguistics and Philosophy.Ilan Pappé is professor of history at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, where he is also co-director of the Exeter Center for Ethno-Political Studies, director of the Palestine Studies Centre, and a longtime political activist. He is the author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine.ISBN-10: 1608460975ISBN-13: 978-1608460977

Title: Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel’s War Against the Palestinians
Authors: Noam Chomsky, Ilan Pappé
Editor: Frank Barat
Publisher: Haymarket Books; Original edition
Publication Date: November 9, 2010
Genre: Politics, History, Palestine, USA, Israel

Summary Description:

From Publishers Weekly
Although much of the material collected here precedes Israel’s recent military attack on a Gaza-bound international flotilla of embargo-breaking humanitarian aid, this succinct and eye-opening collection of recent interviews and essays from the renowned linguist and activist Chomsky (Hopes and Prospects) and prominent Israeli historian Pappé (The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine) gives essential context to the crisis. The reader will find Chomsky’s consistent positions on everything from the origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the issue of a one- versus two-state settlement. Pappé adds vital and unexpected historical background, including a chapter on the deep American evangelical roots in the support of Zionism and the birth of modern Arab nationalism in Palestine. Pappé and Chomsky are not perfectly in synch on every point: Chomsky remains skeptical of an academic boycott of Israel, for instance, called for in the past by Pappé and others. But the fundamentals of the crisis—and its scale in humanitarian, moral and political terms—are clear, as well as clearly expressed, between them. This sober and unflinching analysis should be read and reckoned with by anyone concerned with practicable change in the long-suffering region. (Nov.) (c)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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"Chomsky is a global phenomenon … he may be the most widely read American voice on foreign policy on the planet."—The New York Times Book Review

"Ilan Pappé is Israel’s bravest, most principled, most incisive historian."—John Pilger

Described by a UN fact-finding mission as “a deliberately disproportionate attack designed to punish, humiliate, and terrorize a civilian population,” Israel’s Operation Cast Lead thrust the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip into the center of the debate about the Israel/Palestine conflict.

In Gaza in Crisis, Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappé, two of the issue’s most insightful and prominent critical voices, survey the fallout from Israel’s conduct in Gaza and place it into the context of Israel’s longstanding occupation of Palestine.

Noam Chomsky is one of the world’s foremost social critics, and one of its most prolific. He is author of Failed States and Hegemony or Survival, both New York Times bestsellers. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, and is institute professor emeritus in the MIT Department of Linguistics and Philosophy.

Ilan Pappé is professor of history at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, where he is also co-director of the Exeter Center for Ethno-Political Studies, director of the Palestine Studies Centre, and a longtime political activist. He is the author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine.

ISBN-10: 1608460975
ISBN-13: 978-1608460977

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Title: Aeschylus II: The Suppliant Maidens and The Persians, Seven against Thebes and Prometheus Bound (The Complete Greek Tragedies) Author: AeschylusEditors: David Grene, Richmond Lattimore Translator: Seth G. BenardetePublisher: University Of Chicago Press; Second Edition editionPublication Date: February 1, 1992Genre: Philosophy, History, Greek TragediesSummary Description:The Grene and Lattimore edition of the Greek tragedies has been among the most widely acclaimed and successful publications of the University of Chicago Press. On the occasion of the Centennial of the University of Chicago and its Press, we take pleasure in reissuing this complete work in a handsome four-volume slipcased edition as well as in redesigned versions of the familiar paperbacks.For the Centennial Edition two of the original translations have been replaced. In the original publication David Grene translated only one of the three Theban plays, Oedipus the King. Now he has added his own translations of the remaining two, Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone, thus bringing a new unity of tone and style to this group. Grene has also revised his earlier translation of Prometheus Bound and rendered some of the former prose sections in verse. These new translations replace the originals included in the paperback volumes Sophocles I (which contains all three Theban plays), Aeschylus II, Greek Tragedies, Volume I, and Greek Tragedies, Volume III, all of which are now being published in second editions.All other volumes contain the translations of the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides for the most part from the original versions first published in the 1940s and 1950s. These translations have been the choice of generations of teachers and students, selling in the past forty years over three million copies.ISBN-10: 0226307948ISBN-13: 978-0226307947

Title: Aeschylus II: The Suppliant Maidens and The Persians, Seven against Thebes and Prometheus Bound (The Complete Greek Tragedies)
Author: Aeschylus
Editors: David Grene, Richmond Lattimore
Translator: Seth G. Benardete
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; Second Edition edition
Publication Date: February 1, 1992
Genre: Philosophy, History, Greek Tragedies

Summary Description:

The Grene and Lattimore edition of the Greek tragedies has been among the most widely acclaimed and successful publications of the University of Chicago Press. On the occasion of the Centennial of the University of Chicago and its Press, we take pleasure in reissuing this complete work in a handsome four-volume slipcased edition as well as in redesigned versions of the familiar paperbacks.

For the Centennial Edition two of the original translations have been replaced. In the original publication David Grene translated only one of the three Theban plays, Oedipus the King. Now he has added his own translations of the remaining two, Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone, thus bringing a new unity of tone and style to this group. Grene has also revised his earlier translation of Prometheus Bound and rendered some of the former prose sections in verse. These new translations replace the originals included in the paperback volumes Sophocles I (which contains all three Theban plays), Aeschylus II, Greek Tragedies, Volume I, and Greek Tragedies, Volume III, all of which are now being published in second editions.

All other volumes contain the translations of the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides for the most part from the original versions first published in the 1940s and 1950s. These translations have been the choice of generations of teachers and students, selling in the past forty years over three million copies.

ISBN-10: 0226307948
ISBN-13: 978-0226307947

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Title: Sophie Scholl and the White RoseAuthors: Jud Newborn, Annette Dumbach Publisher: OneworldPublication Date: June 2, 2007Genre: Philosophy, HistorySummary Description:From beginning to end, the captivating story of Sophie Scholl and the White Rose is an uplifting and enlightening account of the largely untold story of German resistance to the Third Reich. With details of Scholl’s arrest and trial before Hitler’s Hanging Judge, and Roland Freisler including the leaflets that the White Rose circulated throughout the German population, this volume is an invaluable addition to World War II literature. And it is a fascinating window into human spirit.ISBN-10: 1851685367ISBN-13: 978-1851685363

Title: Sophie Scholl and the White Rose
Authors: Jud Newborn, Annette Dumbach
Publisher: Oneworld
Publication Date: June 2, 2007
Genre: Philosophy, History

Summary Description:

From beginning to end, the captivating story of Sophie Scholl and the White Rose is an uplifting and enlightening account of the largely untold story of German resistance to the Third Reich. With details of Scholl’s arrest and trial before Hitler’s Hanging Judge, and Roland Freisler including the leaflets that the White Rose circulated throughout the German population, this volume is an invaluable addition to World War II literature. And it is a fascinating window into human spirit.

ISBN-10: 1851685367
ISBN-13: 978-1851685363

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Title:    Kafka’s Selected Stories (Norton Critical Edition)Authors: Franz KafkaEditor,Translator: Stanley Corngold                                                                            Publisher: W. W. Norton & CompanyPublication Date: August 15, 2006Genre: PhilosophySummary Description:In 1945, W. H. Auden remarked that Kafka stands in the same relation to his century as Shakespeare does to his—Kafka is the representative of the twentieth century, the poet who gives it its voice.This Norton Critical Edition is based on new translations by leading Kafka scholar and translator Stanley Corngold. Thirty stories are included, accompanied by detailed annotations. “Backgrounds and Contexts” offers a glimpse of Kafka’s creative process through extracts from his letters, diaries, and conversations. “Criticism” collects ten essays on the major stories by Stanley Corngold, Danielle Allen, Walter Hinderer, Walter Sokel, Nicola Gess, Vivian Liska, Benno Wagner, John A. Hargraves, and Gerhard Kurz. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.About the AuthorFranz Kafka (1883-1924) was born of Jewish parents in Prague. Several of his story collections were published in his lifetime and his novels, The Trial, The Castle, and Amerika, were published posthumously by his editor Max Brod.Stanley Corngold is a professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at Princeton University and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His highly acclaimed translations include Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis and Kafka’s Selected Stories. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.ISBN-10: 0393924793ISBN-13: 978-0393924794

Title:    Kafka’s Selected Stories (Norton Critical Edition)
Authors: Franz Kafka
Editor,Translator: Stanley Corngold                                                                            

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: August 15, 2006
Genre: Philosophy

Summary Description:
In 1945, W. H. Auden remarked that Kafka stands in the same relation to his century as Shakespeare does to his—Kafka is the representative of the twentieth century, the poet who gives it its voice.

This Norton Critical Edition is based on new translations by leading Kafka scholar and translator Stanley Corngold. Thirty stories are included, accompanied by detailed annotations. “Backgrounds and Contexts” offers a glimpse of Kafka’s creative process through extracts from his letters, diaries, and conversations. “Criticism” collects ten essays on the major stories by Stanley Corngold, Danielle Allen, Walter Hinderer, Walter Sokel, Nicola Gess, Vivian Liska, Benno Wagner, John A. Hargraves, and Gerhard Kurz. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.

About the Author
Franz Kafka (1883-1924) was born of Jewish parents in Prague. Several of his story collections were published in his lifetime and his novels, The Trial, The Castle, and Amerika, were published posthumously by his editor Max Brod.

Stanley Corngold is a professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at Princeton University and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His highly acclaimed translations include Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis and Kafka’s Selected Stories. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

ISBN-10: 0393924793
ISBN-13: 978-0393924794

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Title:Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for None and AllAuthor: Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Friedrich NietzscheTranslator, Preface: Walter Arnold Kaufmann Publisher:    Penguin Group USA, IncPublication Date: September 19, 1995Genre: PhilosophySummary Description: Thus Spoke Zarathustra is a masterpiece of literature as well as philosophy. It was Nietzsche’s own favorite and has proved to be his most popular. In this book he addresses the problem of how to live a fulfilling life in a world without meaning, in the aftermath of “the death of God.” His solution lies in the idea of eternal recurrence, which he calls “the highest formula of affirmation that can ever be attained.” A successful engagement with this profoundly Dionysian idea enables us to choose clearly among the myriad possibilities that existence offers, and thereby to affirm every moment of our lives with others on this “sacred” earth.Grahm Parkes’s new translation is more accurate than previous versions, and is the first to retain the musicality of the original, by paying attention to the rhythms and cadences of the German. His introduction examines the work’s three most important philosophical ideas and for the first time annotates the abundance of allusions to the Bible and other classic texts with which Nietzsche’s masterpiece is in conversation. —This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.ISBN: 0140047484 ISBN-13: 9780140047486

Title:Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for None and All
Author: Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Friedrich Nietzsche
Translator, Preface: Walter Arnold Kaufmann
Publisher:    Penguin Group USA, Inc
Publication Date: September 19, 1995
Genre: Philosophy

Summary Description:

Thus Spoke Zarathustra is a masterpiece of literature as well as philosophy. It was Nietzsche’s own favorite and has proved to be his most popular. In this book he addresses the problem of how to live a fulfilling life in a world without meaning, in the aftermath of “the death of God.” His solution lies in the idea of eternal recurrence, which he calls “the highest formula of affirmation that can ever be attained.” A successful engagement with this profoundly Dionysian idea enables us to choose clearly among the myriad possibilities that existence offers, and thereby to affirm every moment of our lives with others on this “sacred” earth.
Grahm Parkes’s new translation is more accurate than previous versions, and is the first to retain the musicality of the original, by paying attention to the rhythms and cadences of the German. His introduction examines the work’s three most important philosophical ideas and for the first time annotates the abundance of allusions to the Bible and other classic texts with which Nietzsche’s masterpiece is in conversation. —This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

ISBN: 0140047484 ISBN-13: 9780140047486

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Title:    Walden, Civil Disobedience and Other Writings (Norton Critical Editions)Author: Henry David ThoreauPublisher:    W. W. Norton & Co.Publication Date: April 2008Summary Description: In addition to the texts of ‘Walden’ and ‘Civil Disobedience’, this title reprints the important works, ‘Slavery in Massachusetts’, ‘Walking’ and ‘Wild Apples’. It includes the best critical writing on the texts by nineteen contributors.ISBN:0393930904

Title:    Walden, Civil Disobedience and Other Writings (Norton Critical Editions)
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Publisher:    W. W. Norton & Co.
Publication Date: April 2008

Summary Description:

In addition to the texts of ‘Walden’ and ‘Civil Disobedience’, this title reprints the important works, ‘Slavery in Massachusetts’, ‘Walking’ and ‘Wild Apples’. It includes the best critical writing on the texts by nineteen contributors.

ISBN:0393930904

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Title:    Rogue States: The Rule of Force in World AffairsAuthor: Noam ChomskyPublisher:    South End PressPublication Date: September 2000 Summary:    Review[Chomsky] holds a mirror up to the United States, [showing] it in a very different light than the United States’ official rhetoric.” — Erkki Tuomioja, Finnish Minister of Foreign AffairsAn Excerpt from Rogue States by Noam ChomskyThe concept of “rogue state” plays a pre-eminent role today in policy planning and analysis.The current Iraq crisis is only the latest example. Washington and London declared Iraq a “rogue state,” a threat to its neighbors and to the entire world, an “outlaw nation” led by a reincarnation of Hitler who must be contained by the guardians of world order, the United States and its British “junior partner,” to adopt the term ruefully employed by the British foreign office half a century ago. The concept merits a close look.A secret 1995 study of the Strategic Command, which is responsible for the strategic nuclear arsenal, outlines the basic thinking. Released through the Freedom of Information Act, the study, Essentials of Post-Cold War Deterrence, “shows how the United States shifted its deterrent strategy from the defunct Soviet Union to so-called rogue states such as Iraq, Libya, Cuba and North Korea,” AP reports. The study advocates that the US exploit its nuclear arsenal to portray itself as “irrational and vindictive if its vital interests are attacked.” That “should be a part of the national persona we project to all adversaries,” in particular the “rogue states.” “It hurts to portray ourselves as too fully rational and cool-headed,” let alone committed to such silliness as international law and treaty obligations. “The fact that some elements” of the US government “may appear to be potentially ‘out of control’ can be beneficial to creating and reinforcing fears and doubts within the minds of an adversary’s decision makers.” The report resurrects Nixon’s “madman theory”: our enemies should recognize that we are crazed and unpredictable, with extraordinary. ISBN:0896086119

Title:    Rogue States: The Rule of Force in World Affairs
Author: Noam Chomsky
Publisher:    South End Press
Publication Date: September 2000 
Summary:   

Review
[Chomsky] holds a mirror up to the United States, [showing] it in a very different light than the United States’ official rhetoric.” — Erkki Tuomioja, Finnish Minister of Foreign Affairs

An Excerpt from Rogue States by Noam Chomsky

The concept of “rogue state” plays a pre-eminent role today in policy planning and analysis.

The current Iraq crisis is only the latest example. Washington and London declared Iraq a “rogue state,” a threat to its neighbors and to the entire world, an “outlaw nation” led by a reincarnation of Hitler who must be contained by the guardians of world order, the United States and its British “junior partner,” to adopt the term ruefully employed by the British foreign office half a century ago. The concept merits a close look.

A secret 1995 study of the Strategic Command, which is responsible for the strategic nuclear arsenal, outlines the basic thinking. Released through the Freedom of Information Act, the study, Essentials of Post-Cold War Deterrence, “shows how the United States shifted its deterrent strategy from the defunct Soviet Union to so-called rogue states such as Iraq, Libya, Cuba and North Korea,” AP reports. The study advocates that the US exploit its nuclear arsenal to portray itself as “irrational and vindictive if its vital interests are attacked.” That “should be a part of the national persona we project to all adversaries,” in particular the “rogue states.” “It hurts to portray ourselves as too fully rational and cool-headed,” let alone committed to such silliness as international law and treaty obligations. “The fact that some elements” of the US government “may appear to be potentially ‘out of control’ can be beneficial to creating and reinforcing fears and doubts within the minds of an adversary’s decision makers.” The report resurrects Nixon’s “madman theory”: our enemies should recognize that we are crazed and unpredictable, with extraordinary.
 
ISBN:0896086119

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Title: The Rise and Fall of Athens (Penguin Classics)Author: PlutarchPublisher:   Penguin ClassicsPublication Date: September 1973Summary Description:
Illustrates the rise and fall of Athens, from the legendary days of Theseus, the city’s founder, through Solon, Themistocles, Aristides, Cimon, Pericles, Nicias, and Alcibiades, to the razing of its walls by Lysander.
ISBN:0140441026

Title: The Rise and Fall of Athens (Penguin Classics)
Author: Plutarch
Publisher:   Penguin Classics
Publication Date: September 1973
Summary Description:

Illustrates the rise and fall of Athens, from the legendary days of Theseus, the city’s founder, through Solon, Themistocles, Aristides, Cimon, Pericles, Nicias, and Alcibiades, to the razing of its walls by Lysander.

ISBN:0140441026

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Title:    The Last Colonial Massacre: Latin America in the Cold WarAuthor: Greg GrandinPublisher:    University of Chicago PressPublication Date: September 2004Summary:    After decades of bloody revolutions and political terror, many scholars and politicians lament the rise and brief influence of the left in Latin America; since the triumph of Castro they have accused the left there of rejecting democracy, embracing Communist totalitarianism, and prompting both revolutionary violence and a right-wing backlash. The Last Colonial Massacre challenges these views.Using Guatemala as a case study, Greg Grandin argues that the Cold War in Latin America was a struggle not between American liberalism and Soviet Communism but between two visions of democracy. The main effect of United States intervention in Latin America, Grandin shows, was not the containment of Communism but the elimination of home-grown concepts of social democracy.Through unprecedented archival research and gripping personal testimonies, Grandin uncovers the hidden history of the Latin American Cold War: of hidebound reactionaries intent on holding on to their own power and privilege; of Mayan Marxists, blending indigenous notions of justice with universal ideas of freedom and equality; and of a United States supporting new styles of state terror throughout the continent. Drawing from declassified U.S. documents, Grandin exposes Washington’s involvement in the 1966 secret execution of more than thirty Guatemalan leftists, which, he argues, prefigured the later wave of disappearances in Chile and Argentina.Impassioned but judicious, The Last Colonial Massacre is history of the highest order—a work that will dramatically recast our understanding of Latin American politics and the triumphal role of the United States in the Cold War and beyond.ISBN:0226305716

Title:    The Last Colonial Massacre: Latin America in the Cold War
Author: Greg Grandin
Publisher:    University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: September 2004
Summary:   

After decades of bloody revolutions and political terror, many scholars and politicians lament the rise and brief influence of the left in Latin America; since the triumph of Castro they have accused the left there of rejecting democracy, embracing Communist totalitarianism, and prompting both revolutionary violence and a right-wing backlash. The Last Colonial Massacre challenges these views.

Using Guatemala as a case study, Greg Grandin argues that the Cold War in Latin America was a struggle not between American liberalism and Soviet Communism but between two visions of democracy. The main effect of United States intervention in Latin America, Grandin shows, was not the containment of Communism but the elimination of home-grown concepts of social democracy.

Through unprecedented archival research and gripping personal testimonies, Grandin uncovers the hidden history of the Latin American Cold War: of hidebound reactionaries intent on holding on to their own power and privilege; of Mayan Marxists, blending indigenous notions of justice with universal ideas of freedom and equality; and of a United States supporting new styles of state terror throughout the continent. Drawing from declassified U.S. documents, Grandin exposes Washington’s involvement in the 1966 secret execution of more than thirty Guatemalan leftists, which, he argues, prefigured the later wave of disappearances in Chile and Argentina.

Impassioned but judicious, The Last Colonial Massacre is history of the highest order—a work that will dramatically recast our understanding of Latin American politics and the triumphal role of the United States in the Cold War and beyond.

ISBN:0226305716

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