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Contrary Notions: The Michael Parenti Reader

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Internationally acclaimed, award-winning author Michael Parenti is one of America’s most astute and engaging political analysts. Parenti’s work has enlightened and enlivened readers for many years, covering a wide range of subjects.

Here is a rich selection of his most lucid and penetrating writings on real history, political life, empire, wealth, class power, technology, c
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by City Lights Publishers (first published July 1st 2007)
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one of the few truly radical voices out there, would be very interested in reading his thoughts on this election
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Recommends it for: Howard Zinn fans looking for something more
I heard this guy from an Alternative Radio spot on OPB one night. If you've ever read Howard Zinn's material and felt he was leaving something out - this book is for you.

Parenti is a radical. He presents reasonable, alternative ideas to what he believes is a conservatively dominated political system. Being a reader, this book covers many different topics, which pretty much all lead back to that point. That is, that even what we identify in politicians and the media as "liberal" or "left" is actu
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Michael Parenti is Noam Chomsky on crystal meth.
Throw in a short fuse, some mild bipolar mania and perfect comedic timing, and the writings and lectures of MP are a Hard-Left force to be reckoned with.
He's concise, passionate, relevant and easy to relate to.
He's the open minded left wing genius that every socialist kid from an Italian family wishes he had for an uncle. Having him as a dad might be a bit much. His daily rants more than likely would've driven me to regicide by my late teens.

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I heard this quote today on the radio, but don't remember the name of the source to whom to attribute. The speaker was in a communist country: "We have a benefit here the democratic nations don't. We KNOW that everything we hear on the radio, watch on tv, and read in the papers is propaganda." Michael is subtle, like a brick through a window.
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Like all Michael's works, he is better listened to than read, and audio of his talks is easy to find - nonetheless an excellent collection of arguments for critically examining and overturning mainstream political narratives.
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American political scientist, historian and culture critic.

Parenti is most known for his criticism of capitalism and American foreign policy.

He holds a doctorate from Yale University.
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