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William Blum

(b. 1933)

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William Blum

William Blum

William Blum

 

Name: William Blum

Summary:

William Blum is a controversial political writer and book author whose writing is critical of American foreign policy. In his written work, he attempts to bring attention to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and its work around the world, which he sees as a force for evil. Blum's general theme revolves around the concept that the U.S., as the world's dominant and sole superpower, uses military force, political assassinations, and other unethical means to get what it wants.

Blum formerly worked for the U.S. State Department until his dissillusionment and opposition to American policies in Vietnam caused him to resign from the State Department in 1967.

He previously worked with Philip Agee, another critic of the CIA, and once attempted to turn his book, "Killing Hope," into a movie. His work with movie director Oliver Stone on this project fell through in the 1980s.

Blum founded Washington Free Press and is the author of a monthly newsletter titled "The Anti-Empire Report."

In January 2006, Osama bin Laden released an audio tape threatening the U.S. and quoting William Blum while recommending that Americans read Blum's Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower. This 'free advertisement' caused a huge increase in sales of "Rogue State."

Blum says he is a Socialist and counts himself as a supporter of Ralph Nader's Green Party and Independent presidential campaigns.

Occupation: Political writer

Career History: U.S. State Department, independent political writer, author

 

Publications:

Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower -- by William Blum

Killing Hope : U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II-Updated Through 2003 -- by William Blum

West-Bloc Dissident: A Cold War Political Memoir --by William Blum

Freeing the World to Death : Essays on the American Empire --by William Blum

 

Worked/Collaborated With: Philip Agee, Oliver Stone

 

Sources & Links:

William Blum--Wikipedia Article

About the Author: William Blum--Zmag Article

Washington Free Press--An independent, volunteer-based newspaper

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