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Blum, W (2001) Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower. Zed Books: London : 1-308.

The American Empire: To the American mind, these words sound like an oxymoron.

Suggesting to Americans that their country has a compelling lust for political, economic and military hegemony over the rest of the world, divorced from any moral considerations, is akin to telling them of one's UFO abduction - except that they're more likely to believe the abduction story.

William Blum has compiled evidence that will make believers of such sceptics. In 'Rogue State', he shows that 'close encounters' between the United States and alien nations have demonstrably been of the cruellest kind.

Bill Blum, an investigative journalist in Washington, DC, is the author of 'The CIA: A Forgotten History' (Zed Books, 1988)

'This is not a book for anyone who wishes to maintain any cosy illusions about their own liberty - let alone the liberty of anyone in any country to whose domestic policy the United States government takes exception... we find in these pages, meticulously detailed and annotated, all the instances of assassination, covert and overt destabilisation, election-rigging, sponsorship of terrorism, secret surveillance, brainwashing and provocation that the US has employed to further its burgeoning corporate empire (otherwise known as the the 'new world order')... After reading Rogue State, it is impossible to hang fast to the comforting illusion that the 'American Way' is some kind of enlightenment' - Will Self in The New Statesman

‘Rogue State is a book of charges to be tied to a paving stone and thrown at the men in Washington’ - The Independent on Sunday

‘William Blum, once of the US State Department, gives a chilling reminder that while there may be no justification for 11 September, there may be reasons’ - Mavis Cheek in The Observer, Books of the Year 2001

"Bravo! A vivid, well-aimed critique of the evils of US global interventionism, a superb antidote to officialdom's lies and propaganda." - Michael Parenti, author of 'History as Mystery' and 'To Kill a Nation: The Attack on Yugoslavia'

"Blum demonstrates how US policy, under the banners of freedom and human rights, has led to barbarous criminal acts, how the world's 'force for peace' has acted in the most bellicose form. An eye-opener for students of national security policy." - Saul Landau, Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies, Washington, DC.

"'Rogue State' forcibly reminds us of Vice President Agnew's immortal line: 'The United States, for all its faults, is still the greatest nation in the country.'" - Gore Vidal, author of 'The Decline and Fall of the American Empire'

"Bill Blum came by his book title easily. He simply tested America by the same standards we use to judge other countries. The result is a bill of wrongs - an especially well-documented encyclopaedia of malfeasance, mendacity and mayhem that has been hypocritically carried out in the name of democracy by those whose only true love was power." - Sam Smith, Editor, 'The Progressive Review', Washington, DC



1. Why do terrorists keep picking on the United States?

2. America's gift to the world - the Afghan terrorist alumni

3. Assassinations

4. Excerpts from US Army and CIA Training

5. Torture

6. The unsavories

7. Training new unsavories

8. War criminals: theirs and ours

9. Haven for terrorists

10. Supporting Pol Pot


11. Bombings

12. Depleted uranium

13. Cluster bombs

14. Chemical and biological weapons abroad

15. Chemical and biological weapons at home

16. Encouraging the use of CBW by other nations


17. A concise history of US global interventions

18. Perverting elections

19. Trojan horse: the national endowment for democracy

20. The US versus the world at the United Nations

21. Eavesdropping on the planet

22. Kidnapping and looting

23. How the CIA sent Nelson Mandela to prison for 28 years

24. The CIA and drugs: just say 'Why not?'

25. Being the world's only superpower means never having to say you're sorry

26. The US invades, bombs and kills for it…but do Americans really believe in free enterprise?

27. A day in the life of a free country…or…how do the United States get away with it?

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