The Greatest Sedition is Silence

The Greatest Sedition is Silence : Four Years in America

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This passionate and controversial book is the work of one of America's most outspoken and talented new journalists. William Rivers Pitt's caustic critique of the last four years of American government gives voice to the growing tide of dissent and outrage with America's leaders both inside the country and in the wider world. Burning with anger, this incisive and readable book argues that, under George W. Bush, America makes a mockery of the values of liberty and truth that it purports to stand for, and that it is now more important than ever to speak out. William Rivers Pitt reveals how the crisis in America has been engineered by a group of Christian conservatives whose attempts in 1998 to bring down the Clinton government led to the preversion of the American electoral process, resulting in the illegitimate installation of Geroge W. Bush into the Presidency by five like-minded conservative Justices of the Supreme Court. In the aftermath of September 11th, America has in many senses lost its way. Citizens are counselled to "watch what they say" by the White House, just as questions of deadly import are ignored by the government and the media. In their rush to defend "liberty", George Bush and his allies are actually endangering the freedom of the individual, as laid down in international law. Yet how do we save freedom by limiting it? Why, after all this time, have there been no answers regarding what really happened on 9/11? Pitt's message is clear: seeking answers and demanding truth is not treasonous. In these dangerous days, with all that is at stake, the greatest sedition in America is silence.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 158 x 226 x 24mm | 480.81g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • notes, index
  • 0745320104
  • 9780745320106

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Passionate, informed, important: William Rivers Pitt helps us see what s wrong with American politics today. This book is a call to arms for all progressive-minded Americans, and anyone who believes the US is charting a deadly course. -- Greg Palast, journalist and author of the best-seller, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy As William Rivers Pitt makes very clear in this important book, the great American experiment may well turn out to be a failure, and sooner even than the pessimists among us may have thought. And yet -- as Pitt points out -- we also have the choice, and power, to make this enterprise succeed. That will not happen on its own, through some grand historical reflex. We will win only if we follow in the all-American traditions of dissent, resistance and -- eventually -- self-government. This eloquent and brilliant book is written in that noblest of traditions. We therefore owe it to ourselves, and to the promise of democracy, to read this book with care, and see that many others read it, too. -- Mark Crispin Miller, Professor of Media Studies, New York University and author of The Bush Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder and, with J.H. Hatfield, of Fortunate Son: George W. Bush and the Making of an American President Praise for William Rivers Pitt s previous book, War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn t Want You to Know: A brave and important book. -- The Observer Though it went to press before Tony Blair s dossier was unveiled, the force of this book s arguments is hardly diminished. -- The Guardian An explosive little book. -- Amazon.comshow more

About William Rivers Pitt

William Rivers Pitt is an author and political analyst from Boston, MA. He recently published War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn't Want You To Know (Context Books) -- an interview with former UN Inspector Scott Ritter -- and his commentaries are regularly published by Truthout.com and many other Web news outlets.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Introduction: A Book of Memory 1. The Dream That Was America 2. Twenty Pounds of Bullshit in a Ten Pound Bag 3. Enronomics 4. A Bright September Morning 5. The Light of the World 6. One Crazy Summer: The Media Before and After September 11th 7. American Elections: 2000 and Beyond 8. 'We The People' Means You Notes Indexshow more

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