Friday, April 14, 2006

Review of IRAQ: THE LOGIC OF WITHDRAWAL in Publisher's Weekly

Publisher's Weekly has just run an excellent review of Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal. Thought you all might like to read it...

Arnove, Anthony. Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal. April 2006. 184p. New Press, $19.95 (1-59558-079-4)

Three years into the U.S. occupation of Iraq, the dire predictions of the prewar opposition have proved remarkably prescient, notes activist, writer and editor Arnove (Voices of a People's History of the United States ) in this impassioned, categorical argument for immediate withdrawal. But today's broad sentiment against the war-including the opinions of Americans who explicitly align themselves with an antiwar movement-remains deeply divided on the question of pulling U.S. forces out right away. Arnove, whose book title pays homage to historian and colleague Howard Zinn's classic foray into the Vietnam War debate, accordingly offers a point-by-point challenge to the assumptions underlying arguments accepted by war skeptics for supporting (however reluctantly) an increasingly bloody occupation. His clearly written, well-sourced anti-imperialist critique identifies fear, racism, religiosity, hunger for oil and a "civilizing" pretense behind the Bush administration's rhetoric on the Iraq war and places the conflict in a historical, economic, political and ideological context. Arnove's persuasive reasoning and summaries of relevant events (with two eloquent bracketing essays by Zinn) will prove an invaluable resource to antiwar voices, if unlikely to change adamantly prowar minds. (June)


Blogger MarkEarly said...

I have been reading two interesting books that discuss the Vietnam anti-war protests in an effort to learn what grassroots organizing strategies might best be used as a fulcrum to hasten US withdrawal from Iraq; Fred Halstead's - "Out Now: A Participants Account of the Movement in the United States against the Vietnam War" and "The Party" (history of the Socialists Workers Party organizing efforts).

I am wondering if other readers might have thoughts about lessons learned from the Vietnam protest movement?

*** Review on Amazon by Raul Gonzalez *****
This book by Fred Halstead is the most detailed and accurate account of the movement against the war in Viet Nam in the U.S. which has been written. A particular strength of the book is that it places the war and the movement against it within an international context. The author's attention to fact and detail (the book is well footnoted) recreate the mood and the political battles of the movement's conferences and debates. This book is a good starting place for a person who knew nothing about the anti-war movement or the 60's and early 70's. It is essential for anyone studying the war in Viet Nam. It is a particularly useful book for those looking to learn how a powerful political movement can be built.

Halstead's discussion of the debates within the civil rights organizations and unions is an important contribution.

This book though stands above all others in it's treatment of the anti-war organizing of active duty G.I.s and Viet Nam veterens. G.I.s were an essential componant of the movement. These sections of the book are among it's strongest and are an antidote to both liberal and conservative views of the war.

Finally, Halstead states that he has an opinion. A member of the Socialist Workers Party he was a key player in the events he recounts. Because of his honesty and fairness this is a strength of the book, rather than a weakness.

**** end of book review *******

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