I would like to thank Paul Getman, Joseph Lim and Michael Marchino, graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania, for their assistance in the preparation of this book. Among the many others who provided valuable comments on the manuscript, or other forms of aid, Philip Agee, Benedict Anderson, Richard Arens, Lawrence Birns, Jan Black, Noam Chomksy, Richard DuBoff, David Felix, Michael Klare, Jack Malinowski, Elizabeth Petras and Ellen Ray deserve special mention. John Schall and Michael Albert of South End Press also made many useful suggestions and extended other forms of help in all phases of the production of this volume. The responsibility for the contents of this work, however, rests entirely with the author.
I would also like to express my great debt to the numerous authors and publications that deal with Third World conditions, often with great competence and humanity, but without effective access to the populations of the west, and, most particularly, the United States. It is one of the themes of this book that information is selected and rejected by the U.S. mass media on the basis of principles related to power and interest, not truth and