at our culture of consumption as a scientist would see bacteria
growing in an immense Petri dish. We develop or get conditioned
amidst an amorphous atmosphere of perpetual sales pitches as if
human nature itself possesses some compulsion to lure us, like the
biblical serpent with its glowing apple did to Eve." -Saul
Landau, THE BUSINESS OF AMERICA
Landau's latest book probes and disputes the forces that have transformed
citizens into voracious consumers eager to pillage as much as they
can from Earth. From online shopping to the cash-and-carry ethos
of political campaigns, Landau decodes the subtle ways advertisers
entice us to correct our inadequacies by buying more "things,"
from SUVS and credit cards to that perfect deodorant.
Landau challenges the notion that consumption
must dominate our society and reveals a growing anti-commercialism
Pre-Emptive Empire: A Guide to Bush's Kingdom
2003 book is a scathing account of George W. Bush's world before
and after the 9/11 terrorist attacks that will appeal to anyone
who is disenchanted with the cynicism of Bush's government, and
the blatant imperialist U.S. policy -- or those who
just want to learn about what happened in US politics.
covers the topical and controversial issues -- from terrorism and
US foreign policy to Bush's wondrous election victory; from Enron,
Chile and Pinochet to Cuba, the Middle East, the IMF, the environment
and sexual and cultural politics.
Landau provides facts and original analysis on the revolutions
in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala from the 1960s through the
mid 1990s. The book also dissects US-backed counter-revolutions in these
insurrections. Landau combines scholarship with interviews he conducted with Sandinista
leaders and counter-revolutionaries.
"A deeply insightful and provocative study of a subject that
needs to be better understood."
Brenner, American Univeristy, in RACE AND CLASS
"Saul Landau is among the shrewdest, most consistent,
and most courageous analysts of U.S. policy. His new book is a must."
Fred Halliday, London School of Economics
(with Paul Jacobs and Eve Pell)
(with John Dinges)
(Edgar Allen Poe Award Winner)
A devastating political document that probes all aspects of the
September 21, 1976 Letelier-Moffitt assassinations, interweaving
the murder investigations by the FBI and the Institute for Policy
Studies. The story surpasses the most sophisticated fiction while
concurrently raising serious and tantalizing questions about the
response of American intelligence and foreign policy to international
A Transnational Institute Report on the