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Why Are We the Good Guys?: Reclaiming Your Mind from the Delusions of Propaganda

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A provocative challenge to the standard ideology that Western power is a benevolent force in the world.
ebook, 391 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Zero Books
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Duncan
Written to debunk the myth that western countries are the good guys in global affairs. There are plenty of political commentators out there with views in this vein, but many of the best-known focus on the USA, whereas this book is primarily about Britain, which is why I decided to read it. Disappointingly, I couldn't get into 'Why Are We The Good Guys' at all.

One thing that jumped out at me, having recently read Chomsky's 'Understanding Power', is that on points of fact Chomsky takes enormous a
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Tariq Mahmood
I loved the argument presented. I thought it was very well researched and articulated, but unfortunately I was already sold even before I started reading this fantastic book as I have always had trouble digesting the Western medias narrative, being raised in a very skeptical Pakistani culture.

Although the book is very well presented but I feel the effort may be wasted on the majority living in the enlightened West. After all most are aware of their privileged position and probably keen to maint
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Ollie
I agree with another reviewer that Cromwell does quote many other sources who, to be honest, have better material. However, where this book excels is when Cromwell is highlighting the failures of mainstream media to raise necessary questions and in effect to report the news rather than just repeat the government line or other news outlets. Some of the failings by said media are down right shocking and the impacts are devastating and lasting. People sometimes tend to think the media as somewhat b ...more
Tristan
This book could have been very good. I do not think it is particularly well written and it is in need of a good editor to help give it direction. As someone who frequently gets lost, it feels like reading about me walking one of my less than direct routes to somewhere quite close by to my starting point.

It comes from Medialens, a website which aims to cut through the clap trap of the news corporations and whose work I readily applaud. The book was, however, not very good at all. It seems to deal
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James
Valid points made, as expected, on the nature of corporate-state power and its invaluable servants of propaganda, yet the author's emphatic anti-war stance seems to descend into mere anti-Westernism - to heap blame upon the Allies for the antics of Nazi Germany, for contributing to and intensifying the eruption of the conflict, appears a leap too far for the sceptical mind.
David Walsh
To be skeptical is to question rather than to accept. Common skepticism and philosophical skepticism are not so much distinct concepts as points on a continuum. A problem arises for those of us who maintain a skeptical view of the world - where, if anywhere on this continuum, to stop.

The primary theme of this book is a rebuke of the accepted western worldview, and Cromwell presents much evidence in support of his argument. However, to remain to true to skepticism, we should also be skeptical of
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Steve Gillway
A good book to read when there is some crisis in the world. At the moment it is people drowning in the Med trying to get to Europe. Are we the good guys? If you watch the press/media, then we want to help. This book encourages a greater depth and to question. Have we helped to cause this? The writer looks at the reporting of war, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan, economics - the crash and the aftermath and other issues. He analyses and questions from a left-wing perspective and even delves d ...more
Acinom
Couldn't finish this. Agree with the author's politics, but this isn't particularly well written. It's rather rambling and there's a bit too much of his 'journey' in there, which is the fashion these days of course, but only works for me if the author's experience is particularly entertaining and noteworthy, or written with great insight or humour. I didn't find that the case here unfortunately.
Janusz Kania
The first half of the book is fantastic but it totally falls apart towards the end.
Tony
Best read on an e-reader that lets you change the text to green.
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