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An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire / Edition 1

An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire / Edition 1

by Arundhati Roy
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Roy delivers her ever cogent thoughts on money, war, racism, democracy, and how to confront empire.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780896087279
Publisher: South End Press
Publication date: 09/01/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Arundhati Roy wowed critics with her writing debut, The God of Small Things, which won the Booker Prize in 1998. She has also published several collections of essays The Cost of Living, Power Politics and most recently War Talk. Ms. Roy is an outspoken critic of India's nuclear weapons testing, controversial environmental issues and the US "war on terrorism".

Table of Contents

Peace Is War1
Instant-Mix Imperial Democracy41
When the Saints Go Marching Out69
In Memory of Shankar Guha Niyogi79
Do Turkeys Enjoy Thanksgiving?83
How Deep Shall We Dig?95
About Arundhati Roy157

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An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
keyoda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Author won Man Booker Prize for 'God of Small Things'.
JayHay More than 1 year ago
I don't think anyone could exercise more free speech than Mr. Roy has done is this rather interesting comparison of the United States to India and its struggle to gain a place in the world community. The US's efforts in several hotspots around the world, most notably Afghanistan and Iraq, are criticized greatly in the book reiterating the irony of a free Iraq under occupation. I think that Roy's argument is sound and should be considered but must be considered from both sides of the argument. Roy takes a more direct, aggressive approach to the argument against the United States while simultaneously arguing about the failures of democracies around the world, in particular India struggles with the concept. It's my opinion that Mr. Roy needed to pick one subject or the other: America's failures in spreading democracy or the failure of democracy itself. Had he selected one of the aforesaid topics, I think that his inquiry and conclusions would have been clearer. Overall the book was not a very good read and was sporadic in its presentation of the facts concerning America's struggle with leading the spread of democracy and the world's acceptance of democratic principles.