Turning the Tide: U.S. Intervention in Central America and the Struggle for Peace

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Haymarket Books+ORM, Sep 28, 2015 - History - 464 pages

The renowned activist examines the brutal reality of America’s Cold War era foreign policy across Central America—with a new preface by the author.

First published in 1986, Turning the Tide presents Noam Chomsky’s expert analysis of three interrelated questions: What was the aim and impact of the US Central American policy? What factors in US society supported and opposed that policy? And how can concerned citizens affect future policy?

Chomsky demonstrates how US Central American policies implemented broader US economic, military, and social aims—while claiming a supposedly positive impact on the lives of people in Central America. A particularly revealing focus of Chomsky's argument is the world of US academia and media, which Chomsky analyzes in detail to explain why the US public is so misinformed about our government's policies.

 

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The author, well-known for his criticism of the U.S. government's Vietnam policy in the 1960s, here turns his attention to Central America. The text wavers between a political broadside and a ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1 Free World Vignettes
5
2 The Fifth Freedom
59
3 Patterns of Intervention
117
4 The Race to Destruction
239
5 The Challenge Ahead
309
1986
357
Footnotes
399
Index
437
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Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston. A member of the American Academy of Science, he has published widely in both linguistics and current affairs. His books include At War with Asia, Towards a New Cold War, Fateful Triangle: The U. S., Israel and the Palestinians, Necessary Illusions, Hegemony or Survival, Deterring Democracy, Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy and Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media.

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