Books by Michael Parenti

Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"This lively, lucid tract reminds us that historians gotta have attitude as well as game."
Populist historian Parenti (To Kill a Nation, 2001, etc.) views ancient Rome's most famous assassination not as a tyrannicide but as a sanguinary scene in the never-ending drama of class warfare. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Extremely disturbing, but, for the brave, jolting and necessary reading."
Prominent social critic Parenti (History as Mystery, 1999, etc.) pens a fierce, elegantly constructed elegy not just for the lives sacrificed in the Balkan wars, but for concepts of national sovereignty and constitutionality, which appear to be lost to a corporate-sanctioned new world order. Read full book review >
HISTORY AS MYSTERY by Michael Parenti
Released: Sept. 15, 1999

"Solid if surely controversial stuff."
paper 0-87286-357-3 A somewhat scattered but well-considered manifesto for a history that serves as a weapon —in the age-old war for our intellectual emancipation.— A quarter of college seniors cannot come within 50 years of pinpointing Columbus's arrival in America; 40 percent cannot give the dates of the Civil War; most cannot distinguish WWI from WWII, except to guess that one preceded the other. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Still, Parenti is mostly content to offer propaganda in the place of closely argued advocacy."
America the Beautiful is a lie, and the American dream is a nightmare for all but the rich. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 12, 1993

"Eloquently argued and provocative, but those seeking a solid progressive agenda for a post-cold-war America will be disappointed."
Radical social-critic Parenti (Make-Believe Media, The Sword and the Dollar, etc.) returns, isolating and condemning certain ideological underpinnings of modern American life and casting a baleful eye on everything from New Age hype to more familiar racist, sexist, and capitalist targets. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 2, 1991

"Prickly analysis, peppered with the remains of neatly dissected cultural icons."
Having previously taken aim at, among other topics, American foreign policy (The Sword and the Dollar, 1988) and media propaganda techniques (Inventing Reality, 1986), veteran progressive critic Parenti now delivers a swift kick to the assumption that American mass entertainment, although vapid, remains basically harmless. Read full book review >