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McCoy, Alfred W.

Works: 99 works in 372 publications in 4 languages and 14,990 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Military history  Caricatures and cartoons 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
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Most widely held works about Alfred W McCoy
Most widely held works by Alfred W McCoy
The colonial crucible : empire in the making of the modern American state( )

15 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,815 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reveals how the experiment in direct territorial rule subtly but profoundly shaped U.S. policy and practice, both abroad and, crucially, at home. Essays show how the challenge of ruling such far-flung territories strained the U.S. state to its limits, creating both the need and the opportunity for bold social experiments not yet possible within the United States itself. Plunging Washington's rudimentary bureaucracy into the white heat of nationalist revolution and imperial rivalry, colonialism was a crucible of change in American statecraft. From an expansion of the federal government to the creation of agile public-private networks for more effective global governance, U.S. empire produced far-reaching innovations. From publisher description
Policing America's empire : the United States, the Philippines, and the rise of the surveillance state by Alfred W McCoy( )

15 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 1,799 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the dawn of the twentieth century, U.S. Army occupied Manila and plunged into a decade-long pacification campaign. Armed with technology from America's first information revolution, the U.S. colonial regime created modern police and intelligence units. In Policing America's Empire Alfred W. McCoy shows how this imperial control slowly crushed Filipino revolutionary movement with firepower, surveillance, and incriminating information. Even after Washington freed its colony, it would intervene in Philippines for next half century using it as a laboratory for counterinsurgency and rearming local security forces for repression. Trying to create a democracy in Philippines, the United States unleashed undemocratic forces that persist to present day. Security techniques bred under colonial rule were not contained. Migrating homeward through personnel and policies, these innovations helped shape a new federal security apparatus during World War I. Once established under pressures of wartime mobilization, this American system of public-private surveillance persisted in various forms for fifty years, as a matrix that honeycombed U.S. society with active informers, secretive civilian organizations, and government counterintelligence agencies. In each succeeding global crisis, this covert nexus expanded its domestic operations, producing new contraventions of civil liberties--Publisher's description
Closer than brothers : manhood at the Philippine Military Academy by Alfred W McCoy( )

8 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 1,610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this book, Alfred W. McCoy takes a new approach to the military and political history of the Philippines. Comparing two generations of graduates from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) - the classes of 1940 and 1971 - McCoy uncovers fundamental differences in their academic socialization and subsequent ascent to power. Viewed through this comparative lens, the story of these two classes becomes the history of the entire Philippine army, offering important insights into the complexities of Filipino involvement in war and peace from the 1930s to the 1990s."--Jacket
Torture and impunity : the U.S. doctrine of coercive interrogation by Alfred W McCoy( )

15 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,559 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the publisher. Many Americans have condemned the "enhanced interrogation" techniques used in the War on Terror as a transgression of human rights. But the United States has done almost nothing to prosecute past abuses or prevent future violations. Tracing this knotty contradiction from the 1950s to the present, historian Alfred W. McCoy probes the political and cultural dynamics that have made impunity for torture a bipartisan policy of the U.S. government. During the Cold War, McCoy argues, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency covertly funded psychological experiments designed to weaken a subject's resistance to interrogation. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the CIA revived these harsh methods, while U.S. media was flooded with seductive images that normalized torture for many Americans. Ten years later, the U.S. had failed to punish the perpetrators or the powerful who commanded them, and continued to exploit intelligence extracted under torture by surrogates from Somalia to Afghanistan. Although Washington has publicly distanced itself from torture, disturbing images from the prisons at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo are seared into human memory, doing lasting damage to America's moral authority as a world leader
A question of torture : CIA interrogation, from the Cold War to the War on Terror by Alfred W McCoy( Book )

15 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 1,508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this revelatory account of the CIA's secret fifty-years effort to develop new forms of torture, historian Alfred W. McCoy uncovers the deep, disturbing roots of recent scandals at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo. Far from aberrations, as the White House has claimed. A Question of Torture shows that these abuses are the product of a long-standing covert program of interrogation."--Jacket
The politics of heroin : CIA complicity in the global drug trade by Alfred W McCoy( Book )

35 editions published between 1991 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,088 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first book to prove CIA and U.S. government complicity in global drug trafficking, The Politics of Heroin includes meticulous documentation of dishonesty and dirty dealings at the highest levels from the Cold War until today. Maintaining a global perspective, this groundbreaking study details the mechanics of drug trafficking in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and South and Central America. New chapters detail U.S. involvement in the narcotics trade in Afghanistan and Pakistan before and after the fall of the Taliban, and how U.S. drug policy in Central America and Colombia has increased the global supply of illicit drugs
The politics of heroin in Southeast Asia by Alfred W McCoy( Book )

26 editions published between 1972 and 1989 in English and held by 1,086 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Laos: war and revolution by Nina S Adams( Book )

16 editions published in 1970 in English and Undetermined and held by 848 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the shadows of the American century : the rise and decline of US global power by Alfred W McCoy( Book )

14 editions published between 2017 and 2019 in English and held by 651 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores America's rise as a world power--from the 1890s through the Cold War--and its bid to extend its hegemony deep into the twenty-first century through a fusion of cyber war, space warfare, trade pacts, and military alliances. McCoy analyzes the marquee instruments of US hegemony--covert intervention, client elites, psychological torture, and worldwide surveillance. Peeling back layers of secrecy, he exposes a military and economic battle for global domination fought in the shadows, largely unknown to those outside the highest rungs of power. McCoy devotes his final chapter to laying out a series of scenarios that make the case for the inevitable decline of the American empire and the rise of China. --Adapted from publisher description
Philippine social history : global trade and local transformations by Alfred W McCoy( Book )

22 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and held by 519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Southeast Asia under Japanese occupation by Alfred W McCoy( Book )

18 editions published between 1980 and 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Endless empire : Spain's retreat, Europe's eclipse, America's decline( Book )

8 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As Brazil, Russia, India, China, and the European Union now rise in global influence, twenty leading historians from four continents take a timely look backward and forward to discover patterns of eclipse in past empires that are already shaping a decline in U.S. global power"--Page 4 of cover
War on drugs : studies in the failure of U.S. narcotics policy( Book )

7 editions published in 1992 in English and Spanish and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since the United States declared its "war on drugs" in the early 1980s, cocaine addiction rates have increased, "crack wars" have become an urban phenomenon, heroin use has multiplied, U.S. prisons have become overstuffed with convicted street users, and the Third World's production of narcotics has skyrocketed. U.S. drug policy failures are legion, and the essays in this volume explain why. One of the most pervasive reasons, which is addressed by several contributors to this book, is that U.S. intelligence organizations have long abetted the international traffic in narcotics as they carried out their cold-war missions. This point is rigorously argued and documented in the essays focusing on Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Pakistan. Among other themes explored is the notion that drug policy has been formulated without paying sufficient attention to the history of narcotics as a global commodity subject to the same stimuli as other goods produced in some of the world's most impoverished nations. In addition, U.S. trade policy has been almost willfully counter-productive. Closing U.S. markets to licit agricultural goods from these nations often stimulates the production of narcotics. With contributions from historians, criminologists, sociologists, political scientists, journalists, and policy analysts, the book provides a complete survey of U.S. narcotics policy in relation to Latin America's cocaine traffic and Asia's heroin trade
An anarchy of families : state and family in the Philippines( Book )

17 editions published between 1993 and 2010 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Winner of the Philippine National Book Award, this pioneering volume reveals how the power of the country's family-based oligarchy both derives from and contributes to a weak Philippine state. From provincial warlords to modern managers, prominent Filipino leaders have fused family, politics, and business to compromise public institutions and amass private wealth - an historic pattern that persists to the present. Edited by Alfred W. McCoy, An Anarchy of Families explores the pervasive influence of the modern dynasties that have led the Philippines during the past century. Exemplified by the Osmeñas and Lopezes, elite Filipino families have formed a powerful oligarchy - controlling capital, dominating national politics, and often owning the media. Beyond Manijla, strong men such as Ramon Durano, Ali Dimaporo, and Justiniano Montano have used "guns, goons, and gold" to accumulate wealth and power in far-flung islands and provinces. In a new preface for this revised edition, McCoy shows how this pattern of oligarchic control has continued into the twenty-first century, despite dramatic socio-economic change that has supplanted the classic "three Gs" of Philippine politics with the contemporary "four Cs" - continuity, Chinese, criminality, and celebrity. -- from back cover
Priests on trial by Alfred W McCoy( Book )

8 editions published in 1984 in English and Undetermined and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Father Brian Gore and Father Niall O'Brien and their experiences as priests in the Philippines. The theology of liberation and the politics of religion.___
Drug traffic : narcotics and organized crime in Australia by Alfred W McCoy( Book )

8 editions published between 1980 and 1986 in English and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Voices from the Plain of Jars; life under an air war by Fred Branfman( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the Vietnam War the United States government waged a massive, secret air war in neighboring Laos. Two million tons of bombs were dropped on one million people. Fred Branfman, an educational advisor living in Laos at the time, interviewed over 1,000 Laotian survivors. Shocked by what he heard and saw, he urged them to record their experiences in essays, poems, and pictures. Voices from the Plain of Jars was the result of that effort. When first published in 1972, this book was instrumental in exposing the bombing. In this expanded edition, Branfman follows the story forward in time, describing the hardships that Laotians faced after the war when they returned to find their farm fields littered with cluster munitions—explosives that continue to maim and kill today
Lives at the margin : biography of Filipinos obscure, ordinary, and heroic( Book )

5 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philippine cartoons : political caricature of the American era, 1900-1941 by Alfred W McCoy( Book )

4 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Foltern und Foltern lassen : 50 Jahre Folterforschung und -praxis von CIA und US-Militär by Alfred W McCoy( Book )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in German and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Closer than brothers : manhood at the Philippine Military Academy
Policing America's empire : the United States, the Philippines, and the rise of the surveillance stateCloser than brothers : manhood at the Philippine Military AcademyA question of torture : CIA interrogation, from the Cold War to the War on TerrorThe politics of heroin : CIA complicity in the global drug tradeAn anarchy of families : state and family in the PhilippinesLives at the margin : biography of Filipinos obscure, ordinary, and heroic
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