Magazine article New Internationalist

Altered States: A Reader in the New World Order // Review

Magazine article New Internationalist

Altered States: A Reader in the New World Order // Review

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Books on "the state of the world' are appearing thick and fast in the current period between the end of the Cold War and the beginning of the new millennium. These two books are diametrically opposed in style though not necessarily in content or message.

Its blurb describes Altered States as 'a comprehensive guide to the emerging new world order'. 'Guide' is perhaps not the right word. It's a collection of essays by an impressive and international array of over 50 thinkers and commentators including Noam Chomsky, Edward Said, Mary Kaldor and Tony Benn. The emphasis is very much on the role of US foreign policy in the post-Cold War, post-Gulf War, post-Soviet world. Given the editors' penchant for the Middle East, there is a strong and incisive focus on this political hotspot and the effects of the Gulf War regionally and worldwide.

Divided into thematic and geopolitical sections, this book provides informed and often overtly polemic, reading. But it is dense-and best suited to dipping into if you want to read a thought-provoking essay about a particular subject or area. …

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