Pluto books reviewed in the Camden New Journal

The latest issue of the Camden New Journal contains two rave reviews for Pluto books. It describes Christopher Doran’s Making the World Safe for Capitalism: How Iraq Threatened the US Economic Empire and had to be Destroyed as, “a devastating exposé of the constant reasons for American foreign policy and its uncaring repercussions”. The review continues:

In an act of forensic brilliance [the book] cuts through to the roots of the real political power the US uses, and, above all, its relentless creed of the dollar remaining the most important reserve currency in the world…

The truth is coming to the surface. Sanctions against Saddam’s Iraq boosted the US economy. But now the puppet government is biting back.

America placed a high priority on grabbing and restoring Iraqi oil fields. Oil experts predict that oil production will soar by 2017 to 12 million barrels of crude. The control of this is vital to the US’s financial stability.

Doran has, from obscurity in a university from the deep south, become a John the Baptist, declaring the true gospel.

More than 90 of the leading 150 main economic blocks in the world are represented deep in the effective heart of Washington.

The motivation is profit and power.

Suddenly there are signs of an effective revolt in South America, where certain states have dared to vote for a left-wing governmental.

They are ignoring the warnings of the Pentagon and the IMF who have over the years drained them with high interest rates.

Doran has, like that plaque in ancient Rome, la boco de veritas (the mouth of truth), a mouth that will bite your arm off if you tell lies.

Visit the Camden New Journal to read the review in full.

On Dave Arthur’s Bert: the Life and Times of A.L. Lloyd,  the CNJ comments, “As well as songs, Bert knew many traditional stories, learned from his travels all over the world, and his style of telling them would have the audience enthralled from the beginning to the end. Reading this book, rather than listening to it, you will find yourself equally enthralled.”

Visit the Camden New Journal to read the review in full.

Making the World Safe for Capitalism

How Iraq Threatened the US Economic Empire and had to be Destroyed

Christopher Doran

A fresh take on the causes of the 2003 Iraq war. Provides a radical new perspective based on analysis of trends in global political economy.

“A significant contribution to the scholarly literatures on neoliberalism and the US intervention in lraq. Among the most important claims is that neoliberal governance can assume a distinctly militarised form, as it has in Iraq. … Insightful and compelling.” – David McNally, York University, author of Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance

“Doran pulls no punches in revealing the abuses of corporate and state power. His emphasis on the intimate connection between economic and military interests makes for compelling reading. This is a powerful account of how the expansion of the ‘market economy’ into unwelcoming territory is driven by an iron fist.” – Professor Frank Stilwell, University of Sydney

£17.99 only £16.00 on the Pluto site


The Life and Times of A. L. Lloyd

Dave Arthur. Foreword by Richard Thompson OBE. Preface by Rt. Hon. Sir Stephen Sedley

The definitive biography of the folk legend and left-wing activist.

“When everyone else was listening to Cream, I was listening to A. L. Lloyd.” – Frank Zappa

“I’m old enough and have been close enough to many of the events recounted in this thoroughly but sympathetically researched book to recognise the ring of truth when I hear it.” – Bill Leader, record producer (Bert Jansch)

£24.99 only £22.00 on the Pluto site

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