The Management of Savagery, by Max Blumenthal

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The Management of Savagery: How America’s National Security State Fuelled the Rise of Al Qaeda, ISIS, and Donald Trump 

THE MANAGEMENT OF SAVAGERY tells the story of the parallel rise of international jihadism and Western ultra-nationalism. Since Washington’s secret funding of the Mujahideen following the Russian invasion of Afghanistan in the 1970s, America has supported extremists with money and hardware, including enemies such as Bin Laden. The Pentagon’s willingness to make alliances abroad have seen the war coming home with inevitable consequences: by funding, training, and arming jihadist elements in Afghanistan, Syria, and Libya since the Cold War and waging wars of regime change and interventions that gave birth to the Islamic State. Meanwhile, Trump’s dealings In the Middle East are likely only to exacerbate the situation further.

Blumenthal excavates the real story behind America’s dealing with the world and shows how the extremist forces that now threaten peace across the globe are the inevitable flowering of America’s imperial designs of a national security state. And shows how this has ended with the rise of the Trump presidency.

Editorial Reviews

Review

“Max Blumenthal has spent the last decade transforming himself into one of the most vital voices in journalism today, always speaking truth to power with fearlessness and integrity.”
—Reza Aslan, author of Zealot

“One of the finest and most intrepid journalists working in America today.”
—Andrew Cockburn, author of Kill Chain

“Max Blumenthal audaciously takes in-your-face, on-the-ground journalism into the realm of geopolitics.”
—Juan Cole, author of The New Arabs and Engaging the Muslim World

“Looking for honest journalism—read Max Blumenthal.”
—Oliver Stone

“A thought-provoking disturbing book about America’s foreign wars and the impact on the USA itself. Max Blumental cuts through official propaganda to the facts. He illuminates the darker corners of foreign policy drawing incisive and unnerving conclusions we ignore at our peril. He is a courageous and essential commentator for our troubled times. We all need to read this book to better understand the world we live in.”
—Gabriel Byrne

“Insighful … The failure, as Blumenthal writes, to place these conflicts in context, to examine our own complicity in fueling a justifiable anger, even rage, dooms us to perpetual misunderstanding and perpetual warfare. Our response is to employ greater and greater levels of violence that only expand the extremism at home and abroad.”
—Chris Hedges, TruthDig

“The strength of the book is in connecting the dots, and the masterful narrative it weaves together. Most readers will find much that is new to them. A journalistic achievement whose importance could barely be exaggerated.”
— Asa Winstanley, Middle East Monitor

“A useful antidote to the torrents of pro-empire bilge promoted by conservatives and liberals alike.”
Morning Star

“Blumenthal’s angry book provokes anger, as well it should. He makes a convincing case that the cynical and failed policies of America’s secretive military-intelligence apparatus helped deliver Trump into the Oval Office.”
The Deep State

“A far more cogent explanation for the US wars in Afghanistan along with Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Libya, and Syria. It reads like a real-life whodunit tracing the shadowy back channels of the CIA, FBI, DIA, and NSA piping jihadists around the greater Middle East to create chaos only to find their assets turning against them. Besides being well written, the analysis of the maturation of the neoliberal imperial project by the world’s sole remaining superpower illuminates the current bi-partisan consensus for militarism.”
—Roger D. Harris, MintPress News

“A serious read for anyone that wants to understand the role that US Foreign Policy played in the arrival of Jihadists groups like al-Qaeda, al-Nusra and ISIS. And the arrival of Trump.”
—Mick Wallace, MEP –This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

About the Author

Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author whose articles and video documentaries have appeared in the New York Times, Daily BeastGuardianHuffington PostSalonAl Jazeera English and many other publications. He is Senior Editor of AlterNet’s Grayzone Project and the author of Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, which won the 2014 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Notable Book Award, the New York Times bestseller Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party, and The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza. His documentaries and on-the-ground reports have been seen by millions.

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