From a noted historian and foreign-policy analyst, a
groundbreaking critique of the troubling symbiosis between
Washington and the human rights movement
The United States has long been hailed as a powerful force for
global human rights. Now, drawing on thousands of documents from
the CIA, the National Security Council, the Pentagon, and
development agencies, James Peck shows in blunt detail how
Washington has shaped human rights into a potent ideological weapon
for purposes having little to do with rights--and everything to do
with furthering America's global reach.
Using the words of Washington's leaders when they are speaking
among themselves, Peck tracks the rise of human rights from its
dismissal in the cold war years as "fuzzy minded" to its calculated
adoption, after the Vietnam War, as a rationale for American
foreign engagement. He considers such milestones as the fight for
Soviet dissidents, Tiananmen Square, and today's war on terror,
exposing in the process how the human rights movement has too often
failed to challenge Washington's strategies.
A gripping and elegant work of analysis, Ideal Illusions argues
that the movement must break free from Washington if it is to
develop a truly uncompromising critique of power in all its
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