The Pre-Emptive Empire

The Pre-Emptive Empire : A Guide to Bush's Kingdom

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This book is a scathing account of George W. Bush's America before and after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Saul Landau delves into the erosion of civil liberties and the proliferation of empire under the guise of pre-empting the scourge of terrorism. He reveals how Bush protects 'his' terrorists - those who perpetrate violence against Cuba, and to whom he owes his presidency. He also examines how Bush has appointed former officials to high level posts in his cabinet despite their membership in a conspiracy to sell weapons of mass destruction to Iran in the 1980s.

In 'declassifying' Bush's Empire, Landau dissects a post 9/11 world where deference to patriotism obliterates debate in Congress and the media. How can the notion of empire happily co-exist with the notion of a republic? In times like these, as dissenting voices are stifled and the public are denied access to the facts about their own security, Landau shows how democracy itself is under threat. He asks whether the already fragile world economy can survive in the new 'security' culture of the post-9/11 world.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 160.5 x 237.2 x 20.8mm | 430.92g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745321402
  • 9780745321400
  • 2,238,819

About Saul Landau

Saul Landau has produced and directed forty films on social, political and historical issues. For his work on worldwide human rights he won the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award. His articles columns have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Nation, the International Herald Tribune, and many other papers. He has written over ten books and received the Edgar Allen Poe Award. Since 1997, Saul has hosted a TV-radio show called Hot Talk from Cal Poly on controversial issues, which is broadcast on WORLDLINK TV in the US. He is a fellow of the TNI in Amsterdam.
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'I know of no-one like Saul Landau. He's an Euripides and a stand-up comic. Has the precision of a laboratory assistant and the courage of a matador. Open this book and listen over the phone to a guy reporting from, as it were, the Oval Office of the square crooks now running the U.S. and world economy. You'll believe him, laugh with him, weep and get off your arse' -- John Berger
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Table of contents


Foreword: By George McGovern

Introduction: Before The Era Of Insecurity

Part I: Leaving The Republic Behind

Part II: The Empire Strikes Back

Part III: Between Iraq And A Hard Place: The Oily Empire Stomps Through The Middle East

Part IV: Latin America: The Imperial Economic Model, Obedience And Terrorism

The Imperial Economic Model

1. Corporate Globalization At Work In Mexico

2. Double Standards On Terrorism

Part V: Cuba- The Last Hold Out

Part VI: The Move To War

Final Thoughts: Stop Shopping, Looking In The Mirror And Worrying About Your Spare Tires And Cellulite And Make Your Own History


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