I'm an avid reader of the likes of Zinn, Chomsky, and Loewen. This book fits well with their. It is a devastating critique of the presidency and its failures, contrary to the sunshine patriotism view one gets (mis)taught. It likely will appeal to you if you are much like me, cynical about power and presidents but not sure what information to believe or where to find it.
In his intro he states that politics and history are too important to be left to professionals. Then he lays out his case for judging presidents on humanitarian standards. Not their party, not left or right, and he goes into a thorough debunking of nonsense claims about liberal media or universities.
It is a revelation that Nixon and Jackson both ordered genocide, and Reagan worked with generals committing genocide in Central America. One president after another comes up lacking. Clinton and FDR are taken apart for ignoring genocide. LBJ, Nixon, and GW Bush all ordered torture, and Obama ordered assassinations.
But some presidents come off very well. Jimmy Carter was one of our greatest presidents and ex presidents. Grant as well.
Carroll is neither liberal nor conservative. He comes across as a devout compassionate Catholic. His favorite term is ideologically blind, meaning someone so dedicated to an abstract principle he will even let others die to prove it. Libertarians and hardline leftists will both hate him because he tears their worldviews to shreds. But, as he shows, they deserve it, because they are very often blind to the harm they do.
A search for him online shows he's American Indian, very well respected by most but deeply hated by racists and religious exploiters. More can be found at his website http://alcarroll.com and his human rights organization of Natives, www.newagefraud.org. I join them in saying he has my respect, and I expcet this book will be much used as a resource by anyone wanting an antidote to all the hazy president worshipping bios.
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