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The rise of international jihad and Western ultra-nationalism

In The Management of Savagery, Max Blumenthal excavates the real story behind America's dealings with the world and shows how the extremist forces that now threaten peace across the globe are the inevitable flowering of America's imperial designs.

Washington's secret funding of the mujahedin provoked the Russian invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. With guns and money, the United States has ever since sustained the extremists, including Osama Bin Laden, who have become its enemies. The Pentagon has trained and armed jihadist elements in Afghanistan, Syria, and Libya; it has launched military interventions to change regimes in the Middle East. In doing so, it created fertile ground for the Islamic State and brought foreign conflicts home to American soil.

These failed wars abroad have made the United States more vulnerable to both terrorism as well as native ultra-nationalism. The Trump presidency is the inevitable consequence of neoconservative imperialism in the post-Cold War age. Trump's dealings in the Middle East are likely only to exacerbate the situation.

©2019 Max Blumenthal (P)2019 Tantor

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must know information

Great research and information you will not hear in the News cycle .... This is why our world looks like it does today.

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Connects the Dots

Progressively builds a clear picture of the state of affairs regarding the War on Terror. Makes far more sense the MSM narrative sound bites and misinformation.

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  • jeff
  • 03-09-19

Middle management of savagery.

Max Blumenthal is one of our best fact based chroniclers of world events. This is clearly his best yet. However in this piece Max reveals his didactic side by extended criticisms of corporate media and bought politicians. He describes the rise of Al Qaeda Isis and Trump as blowback: the unintended consequences of the bad ideas of stupid people. A common refrain. An understandable conclusion if it happened once in a while. But as this book points out it happens all the time. I wonder if Blumenthal sees the consistent pattern that he so eloquently describes; Blowback is not a bug in the system. It is a feature. It is driven by profit seeking and the advance of deeply disturbing form of totalitarian capitalism capable of selling crack to its own citizens and funding both sides of a war. Max if youre reading this, your readers are angry. We read your books because you are one of the few who report on the corruption of power and its consequences. However we already know our leaders and our institutions corrupt. We see the evidence everyday as our tax dollars engorge elites with ever increasing amounts of wealth and power. Furthering this insidious engine of death and misery all around the planet. We want to know who is behind that corruption and how to stop them. I’ll wait for your next book: The CEOs of Savagery.

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  • Brandan Zsoldos
  • 26-11-19

Well researched, informative, and intriguing.

Amazon's reveiw requirements have an arbitrary requirment of 15 words which I didn't want to use, but here we are.

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  • A. Kaiser Architect
  • 01-11-19

Puts you in the US war machines latest mess

First as of the writing of this review Max Blumenthal was arrested in SWAT action by DC police on bogus charges for a suppose assault were he tried to get food to hold outs in the Venezuelan who were being starved out by a mob of right wing protesters and police 4 months ago. Blumenthal is also the editor for the Gray Zone which has been giving the deep state a lot grief. In this you get an on the ground view of this brutal war and the false narrative the US mainstream media paints. In this books you get the bloody warts and all view of event all to often caused by our Deep State.

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  • Feridoun
  • 06-02-20

In One Word, Flawless

I do not write reviews of any sort. But I felt that I had to in this case. As a person who has lived in the Middle East for an extended period of time, I found the author’s work to be compelling, fair, and frighteningly accurate. The author methodically breaks down the complex issues of today’s Middle East into their basic elements before reconnecting those elements by exposing their perceived AND real connections within the larger picture. A phenomenal book for those who dare to challenge well-established political fallacies with open mind and deep research.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-10-19

Expectations Exceeded

I was already expecting great work from Blumenthal, based on his journalism, and the book didn't break from his superb ability to dig up the most important of facts and provide an excellent history and narration of the Western Genesis of Muslim extremist terror. Able to clearly discern between Propaganda and flat out lies, there is so much here that would make the average American entirely rethink the last 40 years, the people that are in public office, and why we are spending so much money to continue to exacerbate a problem we created, instead of mending relations and assisting war torn countries to create allies instead of enemies. Highly recommended reading, and can't wait to see another book from Max.

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  • Terry
  • 05-02-20

Good book, a lot to comprehend

It’s a thoroughly well documented story as stated in the title. I think I would have preferred reading the book. There are so many names and stories to keep track of while listening as the narrator speeds you through it. It took a while to get in sync with the narrator’s speed reading Author did a great job but I was hoping he would have mentioned the mysterious murder of Seth Rich.

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  • G. Thomas
  • 01-02-20

Excellent. Should be required student reading.

Blumenthal, always an excellent journalist, continues his excellent work with Management Of Savagery. An insightful look at the underlying truth which motivates the Empire. Greed and nationalistic fervor.

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  • Donald R.
  • 24-11-19

Brave truth teller!

Enlightening one to a very complex and purposefully distorted war narrative. Hard to follow middle eastern names but not insurmountable in the end.

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  • Nope
  • 24-11-20

If you think the government has your

Best interests in mind, ask the American Indian how that worked out for them.... I don't remember who said that but this book helps prove the point. Politicians are as crooked as a dog's hind leg. Those in powerful positions do awful things to people. You keep electing these lifetime politicians and it gets worse. The scary part is that they put people they have in their pockets, into positions within agencies that have the power to fabricate a completely false accusation about you or senario if you get in their way, or if you don't agree with them. I think the example of the FBI trying to get the guy (who ended up shooting up the gay bar) to "perform a controlled terror attack" is just the tip of the iceberg. It's pretty frightening. Not that I feel bad about that scumbag, but it's a basic example of how manipulation is present. The book over all is pretty interesting.

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  • John
  • 06-08-20

This is pure Russian propaganda

I do not consider myself a right wing nor a left wing person and I am sorry to say that it is taking me almost entire book to finally realize that this was propaganda. Now I understand how people are sucked in to so many false ideas and books. I believe there were many truths spoken but in such a way that it was misleading. So if you read this book with the idea of propaganda you will be much wiser.

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