William Blum left the State Department in 1967, abandoning his aspiration of becoming a Foreign Service Officer, because of his opposition to what the United States was doing in Vietnam. He then became one of the founders and editors of the Washington Free Press, the first "alternative" newspaper in the capital.
Mr. Blum has been a freelance journalist in the United States, Europe and South America. His stay in Chile in 1972-3, writing about the Allende government's "socialist experiment" and its tragic overthrow in a CIA-designed coup, instilled in him a personal involvement and an even more heightened interest in what his government was doing in various parts of the world.
In the mid-1970's, he worked in London with former CIA officer Philip Agee and his associates on their project of exposing CIA personnel and their misdeeds. His book on U.S. foreign policy, "Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II", first published in 1986 and updated since, has received international acclaim. Noam Chomsky called it "Far and away the best book on the topic."
In 1999, he was one of the recipients of Project Censored's awards for "exemplary journalism" for writing one of the top ten censored stories of 1998, an article on how, in the 1980s, the United States gave Iraq the material to develop a chemical and biological warfare capability. Blum is also the author of: "Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower" (updated edition 2005), "West-Bloc Dissident: A Cold War Memoir" (2002), and "Freeing the World to Death: Essays on the American Empire" (2004). His books have been translated into more 15 foreign languages.
During 2002-2003, Blum was a regular columnist for the magazine "The Ecologist", which is published in London and distributed globally. In January 2006, a tape from Osama bin Laden stated that "it would be useful" for Americans to read "Rogue State", apparently to gain a better understanding of their enemy.
Blum currently sends out a monthly newsletter, the Anti-Empire Report. To be put on Blum's mailing list, send him an email. Previous issues of the report can be read on his website. www.killinghope.org
Killing Hope: US Military and CIA
Interventions Since World War II.
by William Blum
"Far and away the best book on the topic."
"I enjoyed it immensely."
"I bought several more copies to circulate to
friends with the hope of shedding new light
and understanding on their political outlooks."
"A very valuable book. The research and organization
are extremely impressive."
A. J. Langguth, author, former New York Times Bureau Chief
"A very useful piece of work, daunting in scope,
Thomas Powers, author, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
"Each chapter I read made me more and more angry."
Dr. Helen Caldicott, international leader of
the anti-nuclear and environmental movements