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“From 1945 to the end of the century, the United States attempted to overthrow more than 40 foreign governments, and to crush more than 30 populist-nationalist movements struggling against intolerable regimes.

“In the process, the US caused the end of life for several million people, and condemned many millions more to a life of agony and despair.”

— William Blum

America: Rogue State

bookcover features a U.S. Air Force jet dropping bombs, superimposed on a background of an American flag.

From the Common Courage Press:

Ever meet a hit man? If not, then consider living in his political equivalent: The United States.

In Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower, find out how the U.S. sentences “blasphemers” to death — that is, people and governments blaspheming the “holy objectives of American foreign policy.”

William Blum supplies us with the facts about:

With information such as this available in the public realm, Blum asks, how does the United States get away with it?

A major reason, he concludes, is the world’s long-running love affair with the mystique of “America”, the world’s adoration of what it believes to be the relentless devotion to the cause of freedom and human rights that is America. This adoration has not been of immaculate conception but stems, rather, from the United States as the inventor and perfecter of modern advertising and public relations.

The United States is the world’s only information superpower — and, according to Samuel Huntington in the journal Foreign Affairs, the United States is a “rogue superpower”, at that.

Blum also theorizes about why this cruelty is so inherent in U.S. foreign policy. He relates it to the “Peter Principle”:

“...in a foreign policy establishment committed to imperialist domination by any means necessary, employees tend to rise to the level of cruelty they can live with.”

In Rogue State, learn about decades of ubiquitous U.S. cruelty, kept — remarkably — from penetrating world consciousness or shocking world conscience.

Though Bill “I never inhaled” Clinton calls America “the world’s greatest force for peace”, William Blum shows that our Rogue State is really a marauding Western brute.

“If you believed that the NATO (read U.S.) bombing of Yugoslavia for 78 days and nights in 1999 was a ‘humanitarian’ act, Rogue State hopefully can serve as a wake-up call to both your intellect and your conscience. It is a mini-encyclopedia of the numerous un-humanitarian acts perpetrated by the United States since the end of the Second World War.”

— William Blum

Table of Contents

From Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower


Part I
Ours and Theirs: Washington’s love/hate relationship with terrorists and human rights violators

  1. Why do terrorists keep picking on the United States?

  2. America’s gift to the world — the Afghan terrorist alumni

  3. Assassinations

  4. Excerpts from US Army and CIA training manuals

  5. Torture

  6. The Unsavories

  7. Training new unsavories

  8. War criminals: Theirs and Ours

  9. Haven for terrorists

  10. Supporting Pol Pot

Part II
United States Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction

  1. Bombings

  2. Depleted Uranium

  3. Cluster bombs

  4. Chemical and Biological Weapons abroad

  5. Chemical and Biological Weapons at home

  6. Encouraging the use of CBW by other nations

Part III
A Rogue State versus the world

  1. A Concise History of US Global Interventions, 1945 — present

  2. Perverting elections

  3. Trojan Horse: The National Endowment for Democracy

  4. The US versus the world at the United Nations

  5. Eavesdropping on the planet

  6. Kidnapping and looting

  7. How the CIA sent Nelson Mandela to prison for 28 years

  8. The CIA and Drugs: Just say Why Not?

  9. Being the World’s Only Superpower means never having to say you are sorry

  10. The US invades, bombs and kills for it ... but do Americans really believe in free enterprise?

  11. A Day in the life of a free country ... or ... How does the United States get away with it?

About the author


“Bravo Blum! A vivid, well-aimed critique of the evils of US global interventionism, a superb antidote to officialdom’s lies and propaganda.”

— Michael Parenti
author of To Kill a Nation: The Attack on Yugoslavia
History as Mystery

“Bill Blum came by his title easily. He simply tested America by the same standards we use to judge other countries. The result is a bill of wrongs — an especially well-documented encyclopedia of malfeasance, mendacity and mayhem that has been hypocritically carried out in the name of democracy by those whose only true love was power.”

— Sam Smith
The Progressive Review

“Whatever we think we know about U.S. foreign policy, Rogue State makes it clear that we don’t know nearly enough. This book’s grisly content may seem to require a strong stomach, but reading its words is nothing compared to what has been done — and keeps being done — with our tax dollars and in our names.

“Whether we read Rogue State as a historical narrative or use it as a reference book, William Blum has put together a horrifying and infuriating piece of work. The footnoted information between these covers is enough to make any awake reader want to scream with rage. This is a truly subversive book because it demolishes the foundations of basic illusions about the United States of America as a world power.”

— Norman Solomon
author of The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media
winner of the George Orwell Award

About the Author

William Blum left the State Department in 1967, abandoning his aspiration of becoming a Foreign Service Officer, because of his opposition to what the United States was doing in Vietnam.

He then became one of the founders and editors of the Washington Free Press, the first “underground” newspaper in the capital.

In 1969, he wrote and published an exposé of the CIA in which was revealed the names and addresses of more than 200 employees of the Agency.

Mr. Blum has been a freelance journalist in the United States, Europe and South America. His stay in Chile in 1972-73, writing about the Allende government’s “socialist experiment”, and then its tragic overthrow in a CIA-designed coup, instilled in him a personal involvement and an even more heightened interest in what his government was doing in various corners of the world.

In the mid-1970s, he worked in London with former CIA officer Philip Agee and his associates on their project of exposing CIA personnel and their misdeeds.

In 1999, he was one of the recipients of Project Censored’s awards for “exemplary journalism” for writing one of the top ten censored stories of 1998, an article on how, in the 1980s, the United States gave Iraq the material to develop a chemical and biological warfare capability.

He is once again living in Washington, D.C., outstandingly ineligible to renew his lapsed security clearance...

William Blum is also the author of Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II

Related sites

Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower

This is author William Blum’s personal website for this book. Here you can order a copy signed to you personally, and shipped immediately, directly from the author.

Also, several of the chapters of Rogue State (linked to above) are available to read online on Mr. Blum’s site.

The Real Drug Lords:
A brief history of CIA involvement in the Drug Trade

by William Blum

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