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Author Bronner, Stephen Eric, 1949-

Title Blood in the sand : imperial fantasies, right-wing ambitions, and the erosion of American democracy / Stephen Eric Bronner.

Imprint Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, 2005.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Special Collections Reitz  327.73009 B789b 2005    ---  Lib Use Only
Description vii, 207 pages : maps ; 21 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-192) and index.
Contents Introduction : the legacy of 9/11 : chronicles of a dark time -- Gandhi's voice : nonviolence and the violence of our times -- Us and them : reflections on Afghanistan, terrorism, and the axis of evil -- Baghdad memories -- American landscape : lies, fears, and the distortion of democracy -- States of despair : history, politics, and the struggle for Palestine -- Anatomy of a disaster : class war, Iraq, and the contours of American foreign policy -- Dub'ya's fellow travelers : Left intellectuals and Mr. Bush's war -- Constructing neoconservatism -- It happened here : the Bush sweep, the Left, and the American future -- Epilogue : democracy, foreign policy, and war.
Summary "Blood in the Sand offers both an incisive analysis and a confrontational critique of America's recent international pursuits and its dominant political culture. Stephen Eric Bronner challenges the notion that everything changed in the aftermath of 9/11. He shows instead how a criminal act served to legitimize political manipulation and invigorate traditional nationalistic enthusiasms for militarism and imperial expansion. Employing his own experiences in the Middle East, Bronner acknowledges - but refuses to overstate - recent progressive developments in the region. He criticizes the neoconservative penchant for unilateral military aggression and debunks the dubious notion of fostering democracy at gunpoint." "While Bronner analyzes authoritarian repression, human rights violations, shrinking civil liberties, and severe socioeconomic inequalities, Blood in the Sand is neither a narrow political diatribe nor a futile exercise in anti-American negativism. The author honors America by condemning the betrayal of the nation's finest ideals by so many of those who, hypocritically or naively, invoke those ideals the most. Bronner sheds new light on those who insist on publicly waving the flag while privately subverting that for which it stands." "Blood in the Sand sounds a clarion call for revitalizing the American polity and reshaping foreign policy along democratic lines. Committed to a political renewal, Bronner urges the American people to recall what is best about their national heritage and the beacon of hope it might offer other countries and other cultures."--Jacket.
Subject United States -- Foreign relations -- 2001-
War on Terrorism, 2001-2009.
United States -- Politics and government -- 2001-2009.
Democracy -- United States.
Democracy. (OCoLC)fst00890077
Diplomatic relations. (OCoLC)fst01907412
Politics and government (OCoLC)fst01919741
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
War on Terrorism (2001-2009) (OCoLC)fst01754980
Chronological Term Since 2001
ISBN 0813123674 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
9780813123677 (hardcover ; alk. paper)

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