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PETER DALE SCOTT: SELECTED WRITINGS


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A.23 American War Machine: Deep Politics, the CIA Global Drug Connection, and the Road to Afghanistan. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2010. Pp. xii, 396.

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review: "With exhaustive research and extremely persuasive arguments, Scott seeks to prove that the funding and motivation behind America's assertion of global supremacy can be traced to drugs. . . . Scott makes a terrifyingly compelling case; he asks readers to consider what actions taken in the last 50 years have not benefited America's military-industrial complex, such an integral part of the global economy. . . . [His] carefully structured arguments never fail to interest or disturb."

History News Network: "Scott has written a provocative account of CIA machinations and their link to spikes in global drug production, war and terrorism. . . . At his core, Scott is an idealist who believes that in exposing the sinister forces accounting for the spread of unnecessary violence, an aroused citizenry can mobilize to rein them in. The stakes today are especially high, because if left unchecked, the pattern of warfare and destabilization which Scott describes may lead to a global confrontation of truly catastrophic proportions."

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A.20 The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2007. 432 pages. This publication from the University of California Press is now available in bookstores, or (if there is no longer a bookstore near you) from Amazon.com or http://www.barnesandnoble.com/. Click here for reviews. Click here to read an extract on state-sponsored terrorism, Cheney, and Continuity of Government.

I urge visitors who have not yet bought the book to do one of two things: either read the blurbs and customer reviews on Amazon.com, or view the one-hour video discussion of the book at "Conversations with History," Video discussion with Harry Kreisler of the University of California, about The Road to 9/11, August 8, 2007.

A 14-minute video encapsulation of the book can be seen at http://www.911blogger.com/node/13735.

Of the book's fifteen chapters, segments or versions of seven chapters can be seen on line here.

A.19 Drugs, Oil, and War: The United States in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Indochina (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, March 2003). Click here for translation of Preface into Russian.

A19a Die Drogen, das Oel und der Krieg: Zur Tiefenpolitik der USA (Frankfort: Zweitausendeins Versand, 2004), 384 pp., 14.90 euros.

C.57. Adam Jones, ed. Genocide, War Crimes and the West: Ending the Culture of Impunity. London: Zed Press, 2003 (forthcoming). Contains "Atrocity and its Discontents: U.S. Double-Mindedness About Massacre."

C.58. "US Wars in the Light of the International Drug Trade." In Confronting 9-11, Ideologies of Race, and Eminent Economists, P. Zarembka (ed.), Research in Political Economy, Volume 20. Oxford: JAI/Elsevier Science, 2002, pp. 63-81. in press).

C.60. Mark Selden and Alvin Y. So (eds.), War and State Terrorism: The United States, Japan, and the Asia-Pacific in the Long Twentieth Century. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2003. Contains "Drugs and Oil: The Deep Politics of US Asian Wars."

A.2 The War Conspiracy: The Secret Road to the Second Indochina War. New York and Indianapolis: Bobbs Merrill, 1972. pp. xxv, 238.

Kirkus Reviews: "In this remarkable collection of articles, Scott argues that U.S. extensions of the Indochina war have not been in ""response"" to aggressive moves by North Vietnam but that the intelligence agencies have conspired to ""prepare conditions for escalation"" by feeding false information and arranging pretexts for heightened U.S. military action; and that these agencies have always been tied up, in different ways at different times, with private wealth and power, both American and foreign.... Scott's research is impressive and his presentation subtle and usually careful. This is undoubtedly one of the most important overviews to date of the subterranean reaches of the U.S. intelligence machine in Southeast Asia.

Moss Roberts, Bulletin of Concerned Asia Scholars, 1973: " a major scholarly contribution to the study of contemporary U.S.-Southeast Asian foreign relations and the politics of revolution in the region."

Www.guerrillanews.com has a new webpage on The War Conspiracy, including a video interview with Peter Dale Scott, a transcript of the interview, and the text of a new (2001) Introduction to a projected new edition of the book.

A considerably enlarged new edition of The War Conspiracy is projected for release in the summer of 2008. Inquiries should be addressed to the Mary Ferrell Foundation at info@maryferrell.org.

[Note: As far as I know, the CIA did not suppress my book The War Conspiracy.

It's wrong to say that The War Conspiracy never reached the public. Some copies did get sold, at least in the Bay Area where I live. Bobbs Merrill (a subsidiary of the CIA-friendly ITT) never publicized the book and quickly remaindered it. (Someone I knew in the book industry told me that the Bobbs Merrill publicist, a friend whom he saw at a book fair, was unaware of the book in the months after it was published.) As far as I know, it was ITT/ Bobbs Merrill, not CIA, that actively suppressed the book.

I originally expressed this in an Untitled note concerning The War Conspiracy. In Robin Ramsay, "View from the Bridge," Lobster 41, Summer 2001, 24.]

C.16 "The Vietnam War and the CIA-Financial Establishment," in Mark Selden (ed.) Remaking Asia: Essays on the American Uses of Power. New York: Pantheon, 1974. 107-26. Translated into Japanese by Kaji Etsuku, in Muto Ichiyo and Moriya Fumiaki (eds.), Asia o okasu (Tokyo: Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 1975), 100-69. Discussion in Les Temps Modernes, 331 (February 1974), 1394ss.

(In collaboration with Franz Schurmann and Reginald Zelnik) The Politics of Escalation in Vietnam. With a foreword by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. Boston: Beacon Press, 1966, and in paperback, New York: Fawcett Premier Books, 1966. pp. 160. Translated into Italian as La Politica dell' Escalation nel Vietnam (Milan: Il Saggiatore, 1967).

"The United States and the Overthrow of Sukarno, 1965-1967," Pacific Affairs, LVIII, 2 (Summer 1985), 239-64. Reprinted in Intelligence/Parapolitics (Paris), 79 (July 1986), 13-19. Translated into Dutch as "De Verenigde Staten & Indonesie 1965," in Indonesie: De Waarheid Omtrent 1965 (Amsterdam: Indonesia Media, 1965), 170-235. Translated also into Bahasa Indonesia, as (1) Peranan C.I.A. Dalam Penggulingan Bung Karno. Buku ini dilatang beredar oleh KEJAGUNG RI. (West Berlin: Perhimpunan Indonesia, 1988); (2) Peranan C.I.A. dalam penggulingan Bung Karno Konspirasi Soeharto-CIA : penggulingan Soekarno, 1965-1967 (Surabaya: Pergerakan Mahasiswa Islam Indonesia: Perkumpulan Kebangsaan Anti Diskriminasi, [1998]); (3) An anthology, Gestapu, matinya para jenderal dan peran CIA (Yogyakarta : Cermin, 1999); (4) Peran AS dalam penggulingan Soekarno, in Joesoef Isak (ed), 100 Tahun Bung Karno (Jakarta: Hasta Mitra, 2001), 278-316.


D.217A "Using Atrocities: U.S. Responsibility for the Slaughters in Indonesia and East Timor."
Deep Times, 1998.

"The Two Indonesias and The Two Americas." Lobster, 35, Summer 1998, 2-7. Also The Consortium, III, 12 (Issue 64), June 15, 1998, 3-7. [Edited, abridged, and slightly amplified by Robert Parry.]

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"McNamara's Denials, and Ours" (a review of Robert S. McNamara, In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam). Tikkun, 10, 4 (July/August 1995), 67-70.

A propos of the beginning of the Vietnam War, the death of JFK, NSAM 263 and NSAM 273, I strongly recommend the following essay, "Exit Strategy: In 1963, Kennedy ordered a Complete Withdrawal from Vietnam,", by James K. Galbraith (Boston Review, Oct.-Nov. 2003). The same issue carries an excellent essay on the current crisis by Noam Chomsky. I am clearly partial to an essay which vindicates my arguments of 1972 and 1993, against reiterated contrary arguments from top establishment historians like Karnow, Giddings, and Berman. But in dealing now with the crises of 9/11 and Iraq, I think it is useful to see how our academic and journalistic establishments can repeat reassuring but valueless distortions and lies for over a generation, particularly when it concerns how this nation went into another war.

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