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Dreaming war : blood for oil and the Cheney-Bush junta /
Gore Vidal.
imprint
New York : Thunder's Mouth Press/Nation Books, c2002.
description
ix, 197 p. ; 20 cm.
ISBN
1560255021
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Book
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imprint
New York : Thunder's Mouth Press/Nation Books, c2002.
isbn
1560255021
contents note
Democratic vistas -- Goat song : unanswered questions before, during, after 9/11 -- Menandering toward Armageddon -- Three lies to rule by -- Japanese intentions in the Second World War -- How we missed the Saturday dance -- The last empire -- In the lair of the octopus -- Mickey Mouse, historian -- With extreme prejudice -- The union of the state -- The last defender of the American republic? : an interview with Gore Vidal.
general note
Some of the essays were previously published in publications such as The nation, Times literary supplement, Newsweek, and Vanity fair.
catalogue key
4847156
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About the Author
BIH Author Biography
Gore Vidal is the author of twenty-two novels, five plays, many screenplays, more than two hundred essays, and a memoir. The Times Literary Supplement (U.K.) noted that Vidal's "United States (Essays 1952-92) is one of the great American books of the twentieth century." It won the 1993 National Book Award.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2003-01-27:
Long before the events of September 11, Vidal's place was secured as a prolific preacher against America's imperialist policies. At age 76, he uses his exceptional talents to produce bound collections of his controversial essays and op-eds. However, this latest creation lacks the eloquence and grace that previously distinguished him from other writers in their attempts to uncover the hidden truths within our American republic. Vidal calls for a more thorough investigation into the response, or lack thereof, from the "Cheney-Bush junta" on September 11 and purports that corporate greed and American imperialism have been the driving themes behind our new war on terror. He explores the oil connections that Osama bin Laden's family established with Bush during his tenure as an oil magnate in Texas and implores us to probe further into America's real interest in conquering Afghanistan. According to Vidal, America's media elite perform the government's dirty work by spreading disinformation-including about Vidal himself-to the general public. As a result, Vidal spends much of this book refuting attacks from the mainstream media that portray him as anti-American, although his unabashed style gives readers final say in drawing their own conclusion. Regardless, faithful fans of Vidal will revel in his relentless adoration of Jeffersonian ideals and courageous dissection of the evil roots of American foreign policy. (Feb.) Forecast: The many readers who snapped up Vidal's Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace will no doubt add this to their collection, too. Expect another bestseller. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Kirkus Reviews, December 2002
Publishers Weekly, January 2003
Booklist, February 2003
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When Gore Vidal's recent New York Times bestseller Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace was published, Vidal was described as "a noble defender" of the American Republic. In Dreaming War, Vidal continues this defense by confronting the Cheney-Bush junta head-on in a series of devastating essays that demolish the lies American Empire lives by. He unveils a counter-history that traces the origins of America's current imperial ambitions to the experience of World War II and the Truman Doctrine that gave us our National Security State. Now, with the Cheney-Bush junta preparing us for a new hot war, Vidal asks whose interests are served by this doctrine of pre-emptive attack? Was Afghanistan turned to rubble to avenge the 3,000 slaughtered on September 11? Or was Osama "chosen on aesthetic grounds to be the frightening logo for our long contemplated invasion and conquest of Afghanistan"? After all, Corporate America has long been excited by Eurasia's mineral wealth. Hence Saddam Hussein's abrupt replacement of Osama as the "personification of evil." Vidal conjures up a vision of America in a vengeful mood, where the media is assigned its familiar task of inciting public opinion, where the citizenry are reduced to spear carrying, and the Cheney-Bush junta is the latest, most lethal-and unconstitutional-advocate of Corporate America's Enemy-of-the-Month club.
Main Description
When Gore Vidal's recent New York Times bestseller Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace was published, the Los Angeles Times described Vidal as the last defender of the American republic. In Dreaming War, Vidal continues this defense by confronting the Cheney-Bush junta head on in a series of devastating essays that demolish the lies American Empire lives by, unveiling a counter-history that traces the origins of America's current imperial ambitions to the experience of World War Two and the post-war Truman doctrine. And now, with the Cheney-Bush leading us into permanent war, Vidal asks whose interests are served by this doctrine of pre-emptive war? Was Afghanistan turned to rubble to avenge the 3,000 slaughtered on September 11? Or was "the unlovely Osama chosen on aesthetic grounds to be the frightening logo for our long contemplated invasion and conquest of Afghanistan?" After all he was abruptly replaced with Saddam Hussein once the Taliban were overthrown. And while "evidence" is now being invented to connect Saddam with 9/11, the current administration are not helped by "stories in the U.S. press about the vast oil wealth of Iraq which must- for the sake of the free world- be reassigned to U.S. consortiums."

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