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Parenti, Michael 1933-

Works: 245 works in 602 publications in 9 languages and 14,085 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Author of introduction, Other, Creator, Editor, Performer
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Democracy for the few by Michael Parenti( Book )

61 editions published between 1970 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 2,452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book tries to explain how democracy is incongruous with modern-day capitalism and is consistently violated by a capitalist social order, and yet how democracy refuses to die and continues to fight back and even make gains despite the great odds against popular forces. It offers an interpretation that students are not likely to get in schools or colleges, nor in the mass media or mainstream political literature. In addition, the book devotes attention to the FOUNDATIONS AND HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT of American politics
Inventing reality : the politics of the mass media by Michael Parenti( Book )

25 editions published between 1986 and 1993 in English and held by 1,635 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How much of what the news media tell us is true, and how does it control our view of the world? In this passionate, controversial critique of the news media, Michael Parenti examines the subtle but profound ways in which the media influence and manipulate the public's perception of reality. It attacks the widely held belief that the news media are controlled by liberals and liberal opinion - and clearly depicts the news media as a controlling institution of the American capitalist system, an institution that serves the interests of the rich and powerful while appearing to serve the many. In this thoroughly revised and updated edition, Parenti dissects news coverage of the most recent world events - including the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Gulf War, the U.S. invasion of Panama, and the contra war in Nicaragua - and demonstrates how the media shape public awareness and attitudes through distortion or suppression of specific information. His argument will reeducate and enrage a public that has come to believe in an impartial, free press
The assassination of Julius Caesar : a people's history of ancient Rome by Michael Parenti( Book )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2016 in English and French and held by 1,053 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Most historians, both ancient and modern, have viewed the Late Republic of Rome through the eyes of its rich nobility. They regard Roman commoners as a parasitic mob, a rabble interested only in bread and circuses. They cast Caesar, who took up the popular cause, as a despot and demagogue, and treat his murder as the outcome of a personal feud or constitutional struggle, devoid of social content. In The Assassination of Julius Caesar, the author Michael Parenti subjects these assertions of "gentlemen historians" to a bracing critique, and presents us with a compelling story of popular resistance against entrenched power and wealth. Parenti shows that Caesar was only the last in a line of reformers, dating back across the better part of a century, who were murdered by opulent conservatives. Caesar's assassination set in motion a protracted civil war, the demise of a five-hundred-year republic, and the emergence of an absolutist rule that would prevail over Western Europe for centuries to come." "Parenti reconstructs the social and political context of Caesar's murder, offering fascinating details about Roman society. In these pages we encounter money-driven elections, the struggle for economic democracy, the use of religious augury as an instrument of social control, the sexual abuse of slaves, and the political use of homophobic attacks. Here is a story of empire and corruption, patriarchs and subordinated women, self-enriching capitalists and plundered provinces, slumlords and urban rioters, death squads and political witch-hunts."--Jacket
Power and the powerless by Michael Parenti( Book )

8 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 744 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Make-believe media : the politics of entertainment by Michael Parenti( Book )

16 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 729 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells how movies and television have propagated images and themes that support militarism, imperialism, racism, sexism, authoritarianism, and other undemocratic values. Also discusses films and television programs of progressive hue. [From preface]
The anti-communist impulse by Michael Parenti( Book )

14 editions published between 1969 and 1990 in English and Portuguese and held by 728 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sword and the dollar : imperialism, revolution, and the arms race by Michael Parenti( Book )

11 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and held by 671 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To many, the foreign policy directives of the United States seem bewildering and sometimes inharmonious with its domestic political values. Why does the U.S. seem to support foreign dictators' Why has it invested so many of its resources in stockpiling nuclear arms' Why doesn't the U.S. act as a force for peace throughout the world' In this probing, provocative analysis, Michael Parenti reveals the hidden agenda of American foreign policy decsisions. No matter which party is in power, the U.S. acts to protect the interests of large American-based corporations, in order to maintain valuable overseas markets and cheap foreign labor. In lucid detail, Michael Parenti examines just how these very private interests determine America's public policy goals, from the impoverishment of developing nations to the building of an intimidating nuclear arsenal. What he discovers will surely be controversial and suggests that the greatest threats to democracy'both here and abroad'may emanate from within the United States itself
To kill a nation : the attack on Yugoslavia by Michael Parenti( Book )

17 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"To Kill A Nation reveals a decade-long disinformation campaign waged by Western leaders and NATO officials in their pursuit of free-market reforms. The political and economic destabilization of that country continues today, Parenti shows, as does the forced privatization and Third Worldization of the entire region."--Jacket
Land of idols : political mythology in America by Michael Parenti( Book )

7 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History as mystery by Michael Parenti( Book )

14 editions published between 1999 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Michael Parenti does battle with a number of Mass-marketed historical myths. He shows how history's victors distort and suppress the documentary record in order to perpetuate their power and privilege. And he demonstrates how historians are influenced by the professional and class environment in which they work." "History as Mystery pursues themes ranging from antiquity to modern times, from the Inquisition and Joan of Arc to the anti-labor bias of present-day history textbooks. Parenti challenges the image of early Christianity as a movement for the poor and a beacon of light in the Dark Ages. He unmasks the Church's support of slavery and serfdom, its suppression of learning and culture, and its oppression of heretics, women, and Jews."--Jacket
The terrorism trap : September 11 and beyond by Michael Parenti( Book )

9 editions published in 2002 in English and Spanish and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book analyses the deeper causes and meaning of September 11. The author dissects the religious, political, and economic forces behind the attacks, putting them in proper historical perspective, which includes an understanding of Afghanistan's hidden history. He answers such questions as: Why did September 11 happen? Who is to be blamed? Who is taking advantage of the crisis? Who is hurt by all the ensuing events? And why do they hate us? He sees the religious terrorism of today as related to a long-standing religious tradition of violence as well as being a reaction to a US-led globalization process that has impoverished and angered much of the world. This book helps us understand what the author feels that is needed to save democracy from terrorism and reactionism
Dirty truths : reflections on politics, media, ideology, conspiracy, ethnic life and class power by Michael Parenti( Book )

4 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Political essays and poems. In Young People Are Different, he writes: "Hostage in their homes, / kept alive by the telephone / fully animated only when taking flight / in rough formation. / They rebel / so better to submit / to their totalitarian peerage."
Against empire by Michael Parenti( Book )

13 editions published between 1995 and 2006 in 4 languages and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Veroordeling van de binnen- en buitenlandse politiek van de Verenigde Staten vanuit een marxistische invalshoek
The culture struggle by Michael Parenti( Book )

13 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Michael Parenti shows us that culture is a changing process and the product of dynamic interplay between a wide range of social and political interests. To understand society, Parenti argues, we need to understand the problem of culture as well as that of power."--Jacket
America besieged by Michael Parenti( Book )

4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

America Besieged deals with the underlying forces within U.S. society that deeply affect our lives. Showing how we are being misled and harmed by those who profess to have our interests at heart, Michael Parenti writes: "We are indeed a nation besieged, not from without but from within, not subverted from below but from above
Trends and tragedies in American foreign policy by Michael Parenti( Book )

7 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The face of imperialism by Michael Parenti( Book )

18 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the last half-century we have witnessed a dramatic expansion of American corporate power into every corner of the world, accompanied by an equally awesome growth in U.S. military power. This book analyzes this global empire: what interests it serves and what effect it has on the peoples of the world and on their struggles for real democracy and social justice. The enormous cost of this superpower expansionism is borne by the U.S. public. The empire feeds off the republic. A richly financed corporate-military complex is matched at home by increasing poverty, the defunding of state and local governments, drastic cutbacks in human services, decaying infrastructure, and impending ecological disaster. This book shows that the people of the targeted nations suffer expropriation of their communal wealth and natural resources, complete privatization and deregulation of their economies, loss of local markets, deterioration of their living standards, growing debt burdens, and the bloodstained suppression of their democratic movements. The empire's wars help maintain the international system of finance capital. Countries that attempt to pursue an independent course of self-development apart from global free-market capitalism are demonized as anti-American and anti-West and subjected to sanctions, economic strangulation, regime change, and if necessary, direct aerial attack and invasion."--Publisher's description
Blackshirts and reds : rational fascism and the overthrow of communism by Michael Parenti( Book )

5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Parenti shows how "rational fascism" renders service to capitalism, how corporate power undermines democracy, and how revolutions are a mass empowerment against the forces of exploitative privilege. He also maps out the external and internal forces that destroyed communism, and the disastrous impact of the "free-market" victory on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union
Superpatriotism by Michael Parenti( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the true meaning of patriotism by examining how political leaders and the media use fear to win support for military interventions and inflated arms budgets at the expense of projects that serve the real needs of humanity
God and his demons by Michael Parenti( Book )

6 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Dutch and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Argues that much of the evil done in the world throughout history has been in the name of religion and that followers of religious leaders and others in power are being exploited
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The assassination of Julius Caesar : a people's history of ancient Rome
Inventing reality : the politics of the mass mediaThe assassination of Julius Caesar : a people's history of ancient RomeMake-believe media : the politics of entertainmentThe sword and the dollar : imperialism, revolution, and the arms raceTo kill a nation : the attack on YugoslaviaLand of idols : political mythology in AmericaHistory as mysteryThe terrorism trap : September 11 and beyond
Alternative Names
Michael Parenti académico estadounidense

Michael Parenti Amerikaans politicoloog

Michael Parenti saggista, storico e politologo statunitense

Michael Parenti US-amerikanischer Politologe, Historiker und Publizist

Parenti, Maĭkl 1933-

Parenti, Majkl

Parenti, Majkl 1933-

Parenti, Michael

Майкл Паренті

Мајкл Паренти

Паренти Майкл

Паренти, Майкл 1933-

مايكل بارنتي، 1933-