Myth-Busting Books

Some Myth-Busting Books

(Or what my professors in universities apparently did not want me or others to read, if they knew about them. I always wondered why I had to discover these things on my own.)

Actually it is simply too risky in most universities to use such books in international relations or politics courses. One may have “free speech,” but it is not free.

Read at your own risk. You might learn something.

1.William Blum. Rogue State. This book will tell you what the US really does around the world. Hardly ever, probably never, appears on a reading list for any university course on world politics. A professor would generally not risk his or her job.

2.William Blum. America’s Deadliest Export: Democracy. Why the greatest fear of many countries is that the US might try to spread “democracy” in their country. Just look at Iraq!

3.Douglas Valentine. The Phoenix Program. The only book that I know of that really gets to the bottom of what the US actually did in Vietnam.

4.Noam Chomsky. Necessary Illusions. How one is generally brainwashed by the news and why. (Other books by Chomsky on US foreign policy also)

5.Karl Marx. Grundrisse. A hard book to read, but goes to the heart of how capitalism really works. His outline for Capital in the 1850s.)

6.Chalmers Johnson. Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire. It is part of a trilogy on the US Empire.

7.Johan Galtung. The Fall of the US Empire- And Then What? Great analysis of what the US does and why the Empire will collapse.

8.John Bellamy Foster. The Great Financial Crises. How the bankers crashed the financial system in 2008. Further reading in the journal Monthly Review, edited by Foster.

9.I.F. Stone. The Hidden History of the Korean War 1950-51. Major US publishers refused to publish this book. Monthly Review Press first brought it out, bucking the establishment. It tells the story of how the US literally destroyed North Korea. Now largely forgotten. Trump doesn’t know the US has already destroyed the country once before, it seems.

10.Amiya Kumar Bagchi. Perilous Passage: Mankind and the Global Ascendency of Capital. Documents the historical costs of capital to humanity. A system built upon wage slavery from the beginning. Not the march to freedom it is billed to be.

11.Emma Goldman. Living My Life (Two Volumes). Fight for justice and get kicked out of the USA. She was deported. Written in France at the end of her life. She was an anarchist, mainly, who thought the Bolshevik Revolution would lead to freedom before becoming disillusioned by the revolution.

12.Greg Palast. The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. Telling the truth. No respectable professor would risk his professorship by having his students read something this obvious and easy to understand. And truthful, unlike most textbooks.

13.Studs Terkel. Working. American workers tell their real story. Not what Hollywood dishes up. Shows how corporations enslave people in their daily lives under wage slavery.

14.C. Wright Mills. The Power Elite. 1950s analysis of who controls America. Not much has changed, but today inequality is far greater. Wall Street has become more powerful than the top military brass and political elite.

15.Christopher Booker and Richard North. The Great Deception: The Secret History of the European Union. How the European Union is a vast scheme to rule Europe in the interests of corporate profits. Has little to do with democracy. I don’t think any professor teaching the EU would use this book, which busts the official ideology of Brussels.

16.Samir Amin. The Liberal Virus: Permanent War and the Americanization of the World. How neoliberalism takes over the world to ensure corporate profits for the powerful Western countries.

17.John C. Culver and John Hyde. American Dreamer: A Life of Henry A. Wallace. A piece of American history that is almost never told. Wallace was a progressive from Iowa. Invented Hybred corn. He was in line to be President after Roosevelt, but dumped for Harry Truman to keep him out of the White House. Similar to what the Democrats are doing to Bernie Sanders today.

18.Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick. The Untold History of the United States. Actually, these events have been told in many places, but the book brings a lot of it together in a useful way.

19.B.R. Ambedkar. Annihilation of Caste. Republished 1930s book by Ambedkar (London: Verso, 2014). Important for understanding how the caste system and Hindu Myths prevent real social progress and democracy in India. (Today the forces of Hindutva are strong.)

20.Nazim Hikmet. Human Landscapes from my Country: An Epic Novel in Verse. Nazim Hikmet was a Turkish Communist exiled to Russia, where he died. His long poem tells the story of the people in the villages and towns of Turkey.

21.David Halberstam. The Best and the Brightest. How the US got into the Vietnam War. An incredible informative book that should be read by anyone who wants to know how the US government and society work. A very important book. One will learn a lot, even if one has read many books on the Vietnam War. A fascinating book for me, since much of it shaped my youth.

I had not realized till recently that Halberstam died in an auto accident in 2007. An incredibly great writer of this history and many other books.

There are many more, but these are a few notable books.