Inventing the Axis of Evil: The Truth about North Korea, Iran, and Syria

Inventing the Axis of Evil: The Truth about North Korea, Iran, and Syria


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The Bush administration has thus far left little doubt regarding its intentions for the regimes 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 waged in conjunction with 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 Inventing the Axis of Evil, noted experts on each country set the record straight, confronting relentless fear-mongering 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, Inventing the Axis of Evil demonstrates that the whole truth is more complicated. Essential reading for anyone concerned that the deceit of the war in Iraq will lead to further misadventures, this is a vital corrective to the saber-rattling of the Bush administration and an expose of the dubious claims that may well underwrite America's next war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595580382
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 01/01/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 213
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x (d)

About the Author

Bruce Cumings is the author of North Korea, Korea’s 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 Ma’oz) 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 Ma’oz 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.

Table of Contents

Editor's Notevii
1Decoupled from History: North Korea in the "Axis of Evil"1
2Empire Strikes Back: Iran in U.S. Sights93
3Damascus vs. Washington: Between the "Axis of Evil" and "Pax Americana"157

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