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

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Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower
Author William Blum
Country United States
Language English
Genre Politics
Publisher Common Courage Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover, Paperback)
Pages 394
ISBN 1-56751-374-3
OCLC 62712660
This article is about a book by William Blum; for an explanation of the rogue state concept, see Rogue state.

Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower (ISBN 1-56751-374-3) is a book by William Blum first published in 2000. The 3rd revision updates events covered in the book to the year 2005. It examines and criticizes United States foreign policy during and following the Cold War. The book's first chapter is titled "Why Do Terrorists Keep Picking on the United States". Subsequent chapter titles include "America's Gift to the World — the Afghan Terrorist Alumni", "The U.S. Versus the World at the United Nations" and "How the CIA Sent Nelson Mandela to Prison for 28 Years".

"Endorsement" by Osama bin Laden[edit]

It was mentioned in a speech attributed to Osama bin Laden broadcast on January 19, 2006. Bin Laden stated: "If Bush carries on with his lies and oppression, it would be useful for you to read the book The Rogue State." Sales subsequently soared.[1][2][3]

When asked if he was disturbed by bin Laden's endorsement of his book, Blum replied "I was glad. I knew it would help the book's sales and I was not bothered by who it was coming from. If he shares with me a deep dislike for the certain aspects of U.S. foreign policy, then I'm not going to spurn any endorsement of the book by him. I think it's good that he shares those views and I'm not turned off by that."[4] Prior to bin Laden's statement, the book was ranked at 209,000 on Amazon's sales list. By the following Sunday it was number 12.

Bin Laden allegedly quoted the following passage: "If I were president, I could stop terrorist attacks against the United States in a few days. Permanently. I would first apologize - very publicly and sincerely - to all the widows and orphans, the impoverished and the tortured, and the many millions of other victims of American imperialism. Then I would announce to every corner of the world that America's global military interventions have come to an end."[citation needed] The quote is from Blum's 2004 book Freeing the World to Death: Essays on the American Empire, but appears in the Zed Books edition of Rogue State.

Other editions[edit]

  • Blum, William (2006). Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower. Zed Books Ltd. ISBN 1-84277-827-7. 

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