(Chomsky 1985) Turning the tide


Chomsky, Noam. Turning the tide: U.S. intervention in Central America and the struggle for peace. Boston: South End Press; 1985.

Chomsky examines state terrorism and counterrevolutionary warfare conducted by the USA through proxies in Central America in the 1980s, especially the contra war in Nicaragua and death squad activity in El Salvador, as well as their historical context. This was the book that first made me aware of the extent of distortion of reporting on U.S. foreign policy in the mass media (and in mainstream historiography), and changed my political views from far Right to far Left over the course of a single month. It is as much about this distortion of fact as about the facts being concealed.

 

 

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