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Turning the Tide
U.S. Intervention in Central America and the Struggle for Peace
US Central American policies project broader US economic, military, and social aims, impacting millions in Central America.
Noam Chomsky addresses relations throughout Central America and relates these to superpower conflicts and the overall impact of the Cold War on international relations.

Turning the Tide succinctly and powerfully addresses three interrelated questions: What is the aim and impact of the U.S. Central American policy What factors in U.S. society support and oppose current policy? And how can concerned citizens affect future policy?

Turning the Tide shows how U.S. Central American policies implement broader U.S. economic, military, and social aims even while describing their impact on the lives of people in Central America. A particularly revealing focus of Chomsky's argument is the world of U.S. academia and media, which Chomsky analyzes in detail to explain why the U.S. public is so misinformed about our government's policies.

Whether the U.S. initiates a major invasion in Central America or instead continues to support reaction through the region by economic pressure, CIA intervention, and proxy military activity, many U.S. citizens will want to argue for a more humane policy. Chomsky provides the most compelling available analyses of what is going on, why, and what concerned citizens can do about it.

Other books by Noam Chomsky

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  • Powers and Prospects

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  • Rogue States

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  • Culture of Terrorism

    This scathing critique of US political culture is a brilliant analysis of the Iran-Contra scandal.
  • On Power and Ideology

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  • Propaganda and the Public Mind

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  • Rethinking Camelot

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  • Year 501

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  • On Palestine

    An informative and urgent discussion on the way forward for the justice in Palestine movement.
  • Pirates and Emperors, Old and New

    A brilliant account of the workings of state terrorism by the world’s foremost critic of U.S. Imperialism.
  • Fateful Triangle

    A comprehensive indictment of what Noam Chomsky calls the "disgraceful and extremely dangerous" policy the US has enacted towards Israel.
  • After the Cataclysm

    Dissects the aftermath of the war in Southeast Asia, the refugee problem, the Vietnam/Cambodia conflict and
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  • The Washington Connection and Third World Fascism

    Analyzes U.S. policy in Latin America, Asia, and Africa media and the role of the media in misreporting these policies.
  • Masters of Mankind

    A brilliant indictment of US imperial power.
  • Gaza in Crisis

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  • Hopes and Prospects

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  • Intervenciones

    Short, forceful commentaries on US politics from Latin America to the Middle East.