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A best-selling indictment of media complicity with international money and power from "a first-rate dissident journalist" (Robert Hughes). In these passionate reports from Vietnam, South Africa, and Burma, award-winning journalist and documentary film-maker John Pilger gives the unfiltered truth about worldwide struggles for justice and the international role of the United States and Britain. From inside "big media," he also shows how news gets buried, demolishing utopian illusions about the "media age" and the "global village." Hailed by Time Out as "the closest we have to the great correspondents of the 1930s like Ed Murrow and James Cameron," John Pilger is an unflinching crusader whose work has opened the eyes of hundreds of thousands of people. His new book, Hidden Agendas, is a guided tour through the invisible corridors of power and the forgotten stories of the powerless. With 100,000 copies already in print in the United Kingdom, Hidden Agendas is a bracing corrective to media apathy, and essential for anyone who wants to know how the world really works.

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John Pilger has been a war correspondent, author, and Academy Award-winning filmmaker. He has twice been named Britain's Journalist of the Year (the highest award for journalism) and his many other honors include a United Nations Association Media Peace Prize. He lives in London.

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Award-winning British journalist Pilger, author of A Secret Country: The Hidden Australia (1992), looks again for the truth behind Orwellian officialdom in Great Britain, the US, South Africa, Indonesia, and, most notably, Burma. Pilger makes a clear and disturbing case that US management of the media in the Gulf War covered up one-quarter of a million deaths, most of them civilian. And the reader may well follow his claims, US protests to the contrary, that the subsequent embargo kept food out of the mouths of children and medicine from the sick. But to go light on his criticism of Saddam Hussein or to claim that Israel is nothing but a US client state that has committed more acts of terrorism that any other Middle East entity seems like old Soviet propaganda, rather than truth. Pilger is, in fact, fervently anticapitalist in the manner of an old-style Soviet apparatchik. Thus, one cannot entirely trust his critique of big media such as CNN and the various enterprises of Rupert Murdoch, though such criticism is gratifying and long overdue. Pilger strikes home the most convincingly when he takes on British arms merchants, and he does so by sticking to numbers and actual quotations from officials. He's at his most passionate in his two chapters on modern Burma, writing about a railroad and an oil pipeline being built with slave labor, even with child labor. One would hardly expect Pilger to say kind things about Burma's generals, and he documents the collusion of multinational companies in the exploitation of Burma, but even here one senses that a fine reporter has veered into pamphleteering. A brave and badly needed corrective that itself seems untrustworthy at times but manages to point out the lies behind slick official policy and criticize the media that sell them, even so. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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