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The Management of Savagery

How America's National Security State Fueled the Rise of Al Qaeda, ISIS, and Donald Trump
Narrated by: David de Vries
Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, Politics
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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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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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As always, Max Blumenthal must be read

Blumenthal's ability to weave an intensely detailed hidden history of U.S. complicity in the terror regimes which have come to define our last stage of Constitutional democracy and adherence to the Rule of Law both nationally and internationally is bracing and eye-opening.
The narration is clear but performed more than a little too quickly. Several times, I considered slowing down the playback just to be better able to absorb the gravity of the facts and the details as they fly by.

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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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Detailed Analysis

An excellent explanation of how we got where we Anand who is responsible. The depth and detail of Blumenthal’s research is impressive. Highly recommend