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But it provides a necessary framework for understanding the context underlying the leaked diplomatic cables. The entire section was written by a single anonymous author. The second and final section of the book devotes one chapter to each of 15 specific topics, regions, or countries. It begins with an overview of the Wikileaks archives, and suggestions for researchers on how to best use it. Then we are given one chapter each on the main regions and countries of current interest to the US.
The chapters in section 2 are a bit uneven since each one was written by a different author. But there is a wealth of detail drawing on both the Wikileaks archives as well as other sources, and for the most part it fits well into the overarching narrative of the essentially lawless and rogue US empire.
May 27, Bob H rated it really liked it Shelves: It also provides a guide to indexing and terminology. As to what the cables say, the book provides commentary. The remaining chapters are each by a different author, each about a different part of the world, Europe, Russia, Iran, Iraq and so forth, as seen through these cables and through the U. State Department. The overall picture is: Rather, it seems to be a hegemon in which compliant local governments, usually authoritarian or military regimes, often corrupt, govern on behalf of U.
The authors are judgmental — this is commentary as well as summary — but represents one view of what the cables mean in a particular country or landmass. The chapter titles are somewhat misleading as well: Some of the observations are profound, e. But where it failed, debt, finance and the institutions of global capitalism succeeded. Still, the commentaries, chapter by chapter and country by country, do show how these enforcement patterns work, with the State Department as its field offices.
The book provides no new earthshaking, standalone revelations but does suggest a disturbing pattern. Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag. Jun 30, Ron Turner rated it did not like it. I was very disappointed with it. I was hoping for a detailed independent account of what's happening around the world. The truth behind the news.
Instead it was a series of far left essays that channeled Noam Chomsky and whined about rogue nations like Iran, Venezuela and North Korea being misunderstood. It's a shame because I think Wikileaks would be great as an independent watchdog. Let's expose the shenanigans of the American government and multinational corporations.
But let's also shine the l I was very disappointed with it. But let's also shine the light on Russia, China, the European Union and the rest of the world as well.
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Jun 04, Alicia Fox rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book took me an eternity to get through because there's so much information to read. Leaked diplomatic cables are used interspersed with background information to illustrate how the foreign policy practiced by the United States has little or nothing in common with the values and objectives our leaders espouse.
Whether the president was Bush or Obama, nothing changed except undermining democracy abroad in order to protect the interests of American corporations and investors, and the military This book took me an eternity to get through because there's so much information to read.
Whether the president was Bush or Obama, nothing changed except undermining democracy abroad in order to protect the interests of American corporations and investors, and the military-industrial complex. Summarizing this book is too much work. The book itself is a summary of some of the more interesting cables which were leaked by Chelsea Manning. I think it's most useful as a reference work.
Each chapter or section covers a particular country or region. The index is exhaustive. So when a country comes up in the news, one can go to the corresponding section and read up on U.
Since policies remain the same from administration to administration, the information in this book can explain what's actually going on. Interestingly, those studying American foreign policy in the United States are not allowed to use the Wikileaks files as source material.
How nuts is that!? Our State Department will neither fund nor hire those who use these insightful primary source documents--they must use official ones. That's like writing a history of Coca-Cola based solely on advertising and press releases, without looking at corporate records. Sep 17, Vince rated it really liked it Shelves: Generally, this is an illuminating book on the US Government's place in international politics and its attempts to keep the US "exceptional", which happens to use the WikiLeaks cables as contextualising sources -- the introduction points out that academic journals, in particular, have ignored them.
The quality of the different chapters varies widely the first three and last two are the best , and there's plenty of overlap between them, but they're all worth at least glancing through, even if on Generally, this is an illuminating book on the US Government's place in international politics and its attempts to keep the US "exceptional", which happens to use the WikiLeaks cables as contextualising sources -- the introduction points out that academic journals, in particular, have ignored them.
The quality of the different chapters varies widely the first three and last two are the best , and there's plenty of overlap between them, but they're all worth at least glancing through, even if only for the interesting information provided in the author's sources which fortunately are not limited to the leaked cables.
My only complaint, aside from the poorer chapters I know first-year students who are better at padding than Naiman , is that on another level, this is obviously a PR exercise in part. The authors seem to have had to meet a quota of WikiLeaks mentions, even when it's beside the point and the sources just happen to be cables made available there.
A couple of chapters conclude by praising the website rather than making a final statement about the subject at hand; others, fortunately, are more reserved in their praise, and instead acknowledge that they could have made the same points though in less depth by referring solely to official, declassified sources and existing studies.
Most of the time, though, it's worth pushing past the sponsor shout-outs to get to the actual information. Jul 31, Debra Jeakins rated it liked it. In my humble opinion it was loaded with too many facts your head starts swimming,so I took a different approach to the book. I went to the index in the back of the book picked a topic and then went and read the pages noted.
To me it was the easiest way to absorb the facts in the book. With no thought to political correctness Assange has used this book and the information he acquired, to tell the public about the US foreign policies. Not favoring a specific era or president he laid it all out in one fell swoop. Nov 23, E rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oct 17, Hardy rated it did not like it. Is the US an empire, as Julian Assange proclaims in the title?
Well if every country that hosts US a military base had a military base in the US, then most Americans would be very upset. That being said, there was a vacuum of power when the British Empire was dismantled after WW2.
There was a perceived threat that the Soviets would fill the gap.
The US was more successful economically, so perhaps that is the reason that its presence is so pervasive today. It also projects soft power through its br Is the US an empire, as Julian Assange proclaims in the title?
It also projects soft power through its brands like Coca-Cola and Disney that the Russians can only dream of.
But disillusioned Americans will point out that someone with an American passport might be treated with contempt in Africa, whereas a Brazilian will elicit a jovial conversation about Brazilian soccer football. We live in a world where very few ideas are black and white.
A country does not need to be perfect to be good. Although Africans might prefer Brazilian soccer football to American Coca-Cola, there is enough room for both. Many African aspire to drink more Coca-Cola, and will if their economic situation improves. In Tanzania, I visited a nomadic tribe that lives a traditional way of life. In their mud hut was an empty bottle of Coca-Cola. And after the tourists left, they played soccer football , while mimicking the moves of Neymar and Ronaldinho.
Julian Assange has a consoling, but simplistic answer to the question. This book does not respect the complexity of the world.
It does not understand the power of unintended consequences. You would think a book with this tittle would be exiting, but this was extremely dry and boring. Most of the book content is already known if you have read any Noam Chomsky's books or something similar. The actual Wikileaks cables don't bring nothing new, only small details of how American diplomats, politicians and intelligent agents actually think about other countries. The writers are actual politics experts so the language of the book is mostly impartial and that makes it so boring.
Noam Cho You would think a book with this tittle would be exiting, but this was extremely dry and boring. Noam Chomsky's books where clearly hyper ideological, but his edgy leftist populism made his books so accessible and fun to read.
If you love America and agree with the "liberal internationalism" ideology then this book only proves that US has its fingers in every country and it is trying to make all of the "enemy" states liberal democracy's by any means necessary or bring them to the US sphere of influence.
If you are not a communist or a anti-imperialist you will not see any problems in US actions, only maybe question why its not respecting international law and why its not trying to democratize its undemocratic allies. But like many ideological people say "The end justify the means. Mar 02, Aranka rated it it was amazing Shelves: Contrary to the opinion in the most popular review, I think this book should definitely be recommended to people who don't have much background knowledge.
We have the responsibility to know what kind of forces are influencing our lives. Not necessarily saying that it is evil, but it is good to know to avoid naiveness. The book summarised relatively contempor Contrary to the opinion in the most popular review, I think this book should definitely be recommended to people who don't have much background knowledge.
Basically we can see that financial aid to the oppositions of target countries , bilateral pressure, stigmitisation and international propaganda are the four most common tricks. It is a pity that no narration was given about the US' interaction with the South Pacific. I am giving a five-star not because the book is perfect - editing needs improving indeed. But I think it is a sufficiently informative overview and, above all, what Wikileaks strives to do is truly respectful.
Oct 12, John Mabbs rated it it was amazing. An extraordinary book that reveals the multitude of double standards, brazen illegal interference in the affairs of sovereign nations around the globe by the United States government. A must read for anyone who wants to get to the truth about the duplicity and hypocrisy of the State Department and its acolytes in the corporate owned, mainstream media.
Dec 16, Dima Timofeev rated it really liked it. The book was design for professionals, primary in political science. Hard to read for usual person. But very interesting. For everyone who likes politics and history. Jun 08, Jason Inglis rated it did not like it.
Hated this book. Assange is a criminal and does not deserve any income from this book. Mar 19, lucy added it. Important but hard to understand. When WikiLeaks released the trove of documents that came to be known as the Embassy Cables, the reaction of the media was rather tepid. The New York Times and the Guardian, both WikiLeaks media partners at the time, dedicated very few column inches to discussing the content of the US diplomatic cables and instead focused on the snide and snarky comments some diplomats made about world leaders they worked with.
The US government, on the other hand, was apoplectic with rage that its private commun When WikiLeaks released the trove of documents that came to be known as the Embassy Cables, the reaction of the media was rather tepid.
The US government, on the other hand, was apoplectic with rage that its private communications were dumped into the public sphere for all to read.
The gossip and snark factor was definitely not what they were most worried about. The book presents the contents of select cables and comments on their larger geopolitical relevance.
For the most part the cables are written in clear and unambiguous language and reveal a side of American power and diplomacy the public never gets to see.
What US officials say publicly to the media and what they say amongst themselves are very different indeed. Reading the chapter on Syria, for example, one learns the rhetoric from Washington about human rights and democracy and humanitarian concern that permeates the media is, quite frankly, bullshit.
That won't surprise anybody who critically follows global politics but it is quite something to read in plain language the cynical, conniving and subversive tactics the United States government has been covertly employing since at least to undermine and destabilize the Syrian state and ultimately overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad The absolute lack of any journalistic integrity shown by once respected outfits like the BBC is shocking.
The embassy cables provide a perfect opportunity for media to speak truth to power and hold leaders to account, but they have chosen instead to pretend the evidence doesn't exist and happily continue to deceive the public with lies and distortions.
This book is required reading for any person wishing to see what goes on behind the curtain while the clowns and acrobats of the media put on a stage show that keeps the public away from the truth.
If, after reading this book, you want to check out the cables firsthand Syria is only one of many conflicts discussed they are indexed and cross-referenced on WikiLeaks' homepage and duplicated on mirror sites throughout the world.
Feb 11, Dennis rated it liked it.
Oct 06, Sebastian Coe rated it it was amazing. It provides a well-organized look of what the billions of words Wikileaks have provided are all about, without having to get lost in a sea of databases or hundreds of related news articles of varying quality, and journalistic ethics. If you have read Chomsky, with or without Wikileaks, most of this is old news. It serves as additional "confirmation" of things that have been going on for decades, and are well-known within intellectual circles that are critical of U.
Since the book was written by multiple authors, it can seem a bit disjointed at times. The first three chapters author Unknown are excellently written, but otherwise some sections of the book have the template feel of an essay written by a college student. Nevertheless, a must read.
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