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Inventing the Axis of Evil: The Truth about North Korea, Iran, and Syriaby Bruce Cumings
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Ever since the “axis of evil” label was first applied by President Bush in his 2002 State of the Union address, the hawks in his administration have left little doubt as to where they intend to turn their attention after Iraq: North Korea, Iran, and Syria. Yet most Americans know very little about these three countries beyond what the Pentagon has told them.
For those wanting to know more about “who’s next,” this “timely exposition on global (in)stability” (Korean Quarterly) by three leading experts on each country sets the record straight, confronting relentless fearmongering with hard facts. The authors explore each country’s history and internal politics alongside the spotty record of past U.S. interventions, including the Korean War and the CIA-sponsored overthrow of Iran’s elected prime minister in 1953. As one reviewer pointed out: “The most important thing we know about Syria is that we really don’t know what’s going on in Syria” (Slate). While entertaining no illusions about these despotic regimes, Inventing the Axis of Evil demonstrates that the truth is far more complicated than some would have us believe.
Three renowned experts set the record straight on North Korea, Iran, and Syria--the countries caught in the crosshairs of the Bush Administration.
The Bush administration has thus far left little doubt regarding its intentions for the unfortunate countries that compose the so-called "Axis of Evil." It has already disposed of Iraq, while North Korea and Iran ignore U.S. threats at their peril. The same goes for Syria, the object of an intense propaganda campaign in the waning days of Operation Iraqi Freedom - when it was reported that contingency plans for war with Damascus were under review. Yet Americans know very little about these three "evil" countries beyond what the Pentagon has told them. In Axis of Evil, noted experts on each country set the record straight, confronting relentless fearmongering with hard facts. The authors explore each country's history and internal politics alongside the spotty record of past U.S. interventions - including the war in Korea and the CIA-sponsored overthrow of Iran's elected prime minister in 1953. While entertaining no illusions about these despotic regimes, Axis of Evil demonstrates that the whole truth is more complicated.
About the Author
Bruce Cumings is the author of North Korea, Koreas Place in the Sun, and Parallax Visions. He teaches at the University of Chicago.
Ervand Abrahamian is distinguished professor of Iranian and Middle Eastern history and politics at Baruch College, City University of New York. He is a co-author (with Bruce Cumings and Moshe Maoz) of Inventing the Axis of Evil: The Truth About North Korea, Iran, and Syria and the author of The Coup: 1953, the CIA, and the Roots of Modern U.S.-Iranian Relations, both published by The New Press. The Coup was selected as the history book of the year by a committee of independent public intellectuals in Iran. Abrahamian was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Moshe Maoz is the author of Syria and Israel and Assad. He is a professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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