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The WikiLeaks Files: The World According to US Empire

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  321 ratings  ·  38 reviews
When WikiLeaks came to prominence in 2010 by releasing 2,325,961 top-secret State Department cables, the world saw what the USA really thought about national leaders, friendly dictators & supposed allies. It also discovered the dark truths of national policies, human rights violations, covert operations & cover-ups. The WikiLeaks Files is the 1st volume that uses experts t ...more
Hardcover, 614 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by Verso (London/NY) (first published June 2nd 2015)
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Jason Gordon
Aug 29, 2015 rated it liked it
I would not recommend this book to those who are well informed and I would hesitate to recommend this book to those who are uninformed about the workings of US empire.

There are some great chapters in this book and they are as follows:

Chapters 1-3.

The chapter pertaining to the ICC is phenomenal.

The chapters outlining the workings of US Empire in Syria, Russia, Turkey, East Asia, Venezuela, and Latin America were quite clear and very enjoyable.

I am hesitant to recommend this book mainly becau
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, history
The Wikileaks Files does a great job incorporating information from the leaked diplomatic cables with an overall narrative depicting the inner workings of the US empire.

The first section, chapters 1 to 3, is a concise overview of the nature and operational modes of US imperialism, including a brief history of its evolution from classical land grabs (Phillipines, Cuba) through armed regime change (Nicaragua, Iran, Honduras, and many others) and ending with neoliberal "free trade" enforced by exto
Bob H
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This seems to be an executive summary; as we learn, Wikileak’s “Public Library of US Diplomacy,” or PlusD, is now a searchable archive of over 2.3 million documents, and not just the recent “Cablegate” leak but the Kissinger and Carter cables as well, going back to 1966. Chapter 4, “Indexing the Empire,” alone is worth a four-star rating, since it describes the collection and provides journalists and researchers useful tips on how to search PlusD, and more important, find similar cables to put a ...more
Ron Turner
Jun 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
I was very disappointed with it.

I was hoping for a detailed independent account of what's happening around the world. The truth behind the news. Instead it was a series of far left essays that channeled Noam Chomsky and whined about rogue nations like Iran, Venezuela and North Korea being misunderstood.

It's a shame because I think Wikileaks would be great as an independent watchdog. Let's expose the shenanigans of the American government and multinational corporations. But let's also shine the l
Alicia Fox
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
This book took me an eternity to get through because there's so much information to read. Leaked diplomatic cables are used interspersed with background information to illustrate how the foreign policy practiced by the United States has little or nothing in common with the values and objectives our leaders espouse. Whether the president was Bush or Obama, nothing changed except undermining democracy abroad in order to protect the interests of American corporations and investors, and the military ...more
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Generally, this is an illuminating book on the US Government's place in international politics and its attempts to keep the US "exceptional", which happens to use the WikiLeaks cables as contextualising sources -- the introduction points out that academic journals, in particular, have ignored them. The quality of the different chapters varies widely (the first three and last two are the best), and there's plenty of overlap between them, but they're all worth at least glancing through, even if on ...more
Debra Jeakins
Jul 31, 2015 rated it liked it
THE WIKILEAKS FILES: THE WORLD ACCORDING TO US EMPIRE BY JULIAN ASSANGE was to me a very difficult book to read. In my humble opinion it was loaded with too many facts your head starts swimming,so I took a different approach to the book.I went to the index in the back of the book picked a topic and then went and read the pages noted. To me it was the easiest way to absorb the facts in the book. With no thought to political correctness Assange has used this book and the information he acquired, t ...more
Sami Eerola
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
You would think a book with this tittle would be exiting, but this was extremely dry and boring. Most of the book content is already known if you have read any Noam Chomsky's books or something similar. The actual Wikileaks cables don't bring nothing new, only small details of how American diplomats, politicians and intelligent agents actually think about other countries. The writers are actual politics experts so the language of the book is mostly impartial and that makes it so boring. Noam Cho ...more
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics
Contrary to the opinion in the most popular review, I think this book should definitely be recommended to people who don't have much background knowledge. We have the responsibility to know what kind of forces are influencing our lives. It is an awakening revelation of how unilateral interests overrides all, including human rights/principles touted as buzzwords all the time. Not necessarily saying that it is evil, but it is good to know to avoid naiveness.

The book summarised relatively contempor
John Mabbs
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An extraordinary book that reveals the multitude of double standards, brazen illegal interference in the affairs of sovereign nations around the globe by the United States government.
A must read for anyone who wants to get to the truth about the duplicity and hypocrisy of the State Department and its acolytes in the corporate owned, mainstream media.
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: geopolitics
The WikiLeaks File, published on September 2015, brings together some of the most critical thinkers around. It offers an in-depth and insightful analysis of the inner-workings, scope and drivers of US imperialism, based on the Cablegate files. On top of that, this book published by verso books is beautifully edited, making it an even more delightful read!
Jason Inglis
Jun 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Hated this book. Assange is a criminal and does not deserve any income from this book. Avoid
Dima Timofeev
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book was design for professionals, primary in political science. Hard to read for usual person. But very interesting. For everyone who likes politics and history.
Alex Gruenenfelder
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is incredibly important, especially now. If everyone read this, the world would more thoroughly understand the implications of United States foreign policy.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nothing new to see here.
Amirah Azhar
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Terrible editing, but a pretty good read nonetheless.
Mar 19, 2017 added it
Important but hard to understand
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When WikiLeaks released the trove of documents that came to be known as the Embassy Cables, the reaction of the media was rather tepid. The New York Times and the Guardian, both WikiLeaks media partners at the time, dedicated very few column inches to discussing the content of the US diplomatic cables and instead focused on the snide and snarky comments some diplomats made about world leaders they worked with. The US government, on the other hand, was apoplectic with rage that its private commun ...more
Feb 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Sebastian Coe
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It provides a well-organized look of what the billions of words Wikileaks have provided are all about, without having to get lost in a sea of databases or hundreds of related news articles of varying quality, and journalistic ethics.

If you have read Chomsky, with or without Wikileaks, most of this is old news. It serves as additional "confirmation" of things that have been going on for decades, and are well-known within intellectual circles that are critical of U.S. interventionism across the A
Sandy Masia
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Not a simple book to get through, loaded with facts and figures you might not know and in a range of historical backgrounds you might know little about. It reads like a textbook.
If you get through it, you won't deny it's importance and relevance to you, in this world, today. American foreign policy, hegemony, affects us all. This is a glimpse into how the empire works, how it launches it operations and influences the world.
If there is one book you should read, up there with Noam Chomsky, it is
Jul 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Important history, but not sure about the organization of this - an expert in a particular country talks about the leaked diplomatic cables from that country. The experts are a little too augured in on the nuances of that country rather than the larger story of the disconnect between US high minded goals and US actual behavior in relations with that country. Also could have used more on how and why the leaks really haven't changed our policies or attitudes, or how the leaks basically set up two ...more
Proletarian Bästärd
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
The first three chapters (for which there are curiously no authors listed) are absolutely indispensable for understanding the US Empire and its relationship to the rest of the world. The book is highly recommended for that aspect alone.
The rest of the book's chapters will be of varying interest to readers depending upon their region of interest; I personally found the chapter on Israel most informative, as that's my primary area of interest in regards to US foreign policy. The chapter on Syria,
Vasil Kolev
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics
The analysis in the book were somewhat hit and miss. Some were good, some bad, almost all of them biased (some of them very), and sadly almost none were comprehensive enough. The authors of the different chapters seemed like journalists, trying to make a story, not to go deeper and put things in the full context.

It's a start, but not as good as it could've been. I hope the next such books would have more depth.
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
For those that take an active interest in US foreign policy, there are very few surprises in store. That said, this volume is a collection of contributions from scholars, journalists and Think Tank intellectuals that perform a breakdown of the CableGate leaks on a region-by-region basis, and offer up samples of the cables that give insight into the day-to-day grind of Empire. The most interesting aspect of this work just might be the view one gets of how the Empire views itself.

Having had it on my 'currently reading' shelf since the 15th of June, I'm putting this to one side for now. The 'unsuccessful attempt' shelf isn't quite the right place for it since I haven't actually abandoned it and intend to finish it. However, that probably won't be any time soon, and it really annoys me to have to have things listed as currently reading for months on end.
Lydia Granda
I wish I could write an honest review of this book, unfortunately, I won it on a goodreads giveaway yet after 3 contacts to the contributor, wikileaks, from Goodreads I still have not received it even though I won it on August 15, 2016. So much for honesty, Wikileaks.
I finally did receive the book, it's an interesting book to read, especially for those who are politically inclined. The book goes into history of the U.S. from a different perspective. We are taught that the U.S. is a country that
Ivan Kapersky
Jordan Peacock
Sep 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Very hit and miss. The chapter on the ICC was *excellent*. Some chapters were good for the historical overview but had little novel content to recommend them.
Dec 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Reads like a college textbook at times - best is to take a chapter and dip in rather than a straight read-through.
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Julian Paul Assange is an Australian publisher, journalist, software developer and Internet activist. He is the founder, spokesperson, and editor in chief of WikiLeaks, a whistleblower website and conduit for worldwide news leaks, with the stated purpose of creating open governments. Assange has worked as a computer programmer and was a hacker during his youth. He has lived in several countries, a ...more

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