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Book Review: ‘A people’s history of American Empire’

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8-minute video on this book, narrated by Viggo Mortensen

Corporate media presents a “Disneyfied” lie of American history in its public education history texts and so-called “news”; lies of omission and commission easily verified with a few moment’s attention. The best known author to expose lies of US history is Howard Zinn with his ~2 million-selling, A people’s history of the United States.

As a National Board Certified Teacher of History, I provide this attention to comprehensive facts for my high school students' consideration (feel free to e-mail me for a full copy of the assignment: Carl_Herman@post.harvard.edu). The online edited version is, Occupy This: US History exposes the 1%'s crimes then and now.

Zinn, Paul Buhle, and artist Mike Konopacki combined in 2008 to present a graphic/illustrated version in A people’s history of American Empire (Amazon reviews here). It’s a captivating and fast read of Zinn and Buhle’s documentation of US history to expose American Empire from historical propaganda of somehow bringing “freedom” to countries rich with resources that end-up under American control.

The real-world result has been ~30 million people war-murdered from over 200 US-initiated global armed conflicts just since WW2. We also know that ~90% of these deaths are innocent children, the elderly and ordinary working civilian women and men.

With just a little accurate history, it becomes obvious that US “interventions” are massive “Big Lie” crimes easily recognized with attention to war law (here and here) that extend into the present. As you may know, this history is our present: US official reports now confirm all “reasons” the US told for current armed attacks were known to be false as they were told.

The contrast of uncontested facts to the guarantees of limited government under the US Constitution makes the US a deadly tragic-comedy, war-murdering more than Nazis.

The endgame response is for critical mass of Americans to demand arrests of obvious leaders, then some form of Truth & Reconciliation for people to come forward so we can know the full truth in all areas human beings should understand.

A people’s history of American Empire is powerful. If you’re unfamiliar with Zinn’s work, and/or want an easier version to communicate history than pure text, this is the book for you.

Excerpt (without the art work):

“The Iran-Contra scandal was a perfect example of the double line of defense of the American establishment. The first defense is to deny the truth. If exposed, the second defense is to investigate, but not too much. The press will publicize the investigation, but they will not get to the heart of the matter, which is simply this: What is US foreign policy all about?

How is it that the president and his staff are permitted to back a terrorist group in Central America to overthrow a government that is supported by its own people?

The question was never answered, nor was there any critique of the erosion of democracy by actions taken in secrecy by a small group of men safe from the scrutiny of public opinion.

... It never changes.”

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