Publishers Weekly, 1990-09-07 In these informal, challenging essays that link the personal to the political, Zinn ( A People's History of the United States ) aims to shake complacency, to challenge what he calls ``American orthodoxies'' or received opinions about history and government. He charges that Machiavellian tactics have dominated policies of presidents in their pursuit of ``national security interests.'' Calling the American economic system ``shamefully wasteful and unjust,'' the Boston University political scientist urges a ``real war on poverty'' and on pollution, a turnaround in national priorities away from massive military spending. Recognition that the Soviet Union is a police state, he believes, should not lead us to embrace ``fanatical anticommunism'' or to justify the U.S. government's control over other countries. He argues that there are no just wars, accuses the major media of slavishness to government-business control and knocks social theories that resort to ``human nature'' to explain war and class inequities. (Oct.)
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