The Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire

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9780007181636: The Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire

An utterly entrancing new collection of essays, as controversial, inspirational and passionate as anything Arundhati Roy has yet written.

In this collection of speeches and essays, gathered together here for the first time, Arundhati Roy writes, with passion, clarity and urgency, about the subjects dearest to her heart, subjects which must be of the utmost importance to any of us interested in democracy, in global justice, and in the direction certain powerful agencies beyond our control are taking the world.

Focusing largely on that intense period leading up to and beyond the UN's attack on Iraq, Roy systematically deconstructs the US government's argument for going to war. She brilliantly exposes the gaping errors in their thesis, the hypocrisy and false ideology behind the rhetoric that led to 42% of the American public believing that Saddam Hussein was directly responsible for the attacks of 9/11 on the World Trade Centre, and that a bombed, besieged and starved country such as Iraq was a direct threat to the safety of the mighty USA.

Roy opens our eyes, like no other writer can do, to the problems that our increasingly divided world is creating, highlighting the growing disparity between rich and poor, with the world's poor increasing by 100 million in the last ten years.

Every article Arundhati Roy writes, every speech she gives, attracts worldwide attention and this collection, controversial, polemical, provoking but always inspirational, is an essential addition to her work.

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‘Though she be but little, she is fierce. Roy is witty and moving, and her passion is focused and mordant. She is a great modern rhetorician, treading the boards of a world stage.’ The Times

‘Roy is excellent at putting across the rational arguments and web of facts that are necessary to back up her opinions. She has a good command of both the big picture and the small and allows people to speak for themselves, pushing those who are often forgotten into the foreground of the debate.’ Natasha Walter, Guardian

‘Roy should be required reading.’ Marie Claire

‘Roy is always passionately intense. Her controversial views on terrorism are single-minded and uncompromising. She compels you to have an opinion on matters she feels are important.’ Observer

‘Roy is to be congratulated for a real and personally risky political engagement at a time when many Western writers of her celebrity can respond to world events only from a debilitating aesthetic distance.’ Time Out

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Arundhati Roy is the author of the novel THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS which won the Booker Prize in 1997.

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Roy, Arundhati
Published by Flamingo (2004)
ISBN 10: 0007181639 ISBN 13: 9780007181636
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1

Book Description Flamingo, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0007181639

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