Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion (Paperback)
"Those who feel that like lemmings they are being led over a cliff would be well-advised not to read this book. They may discover that they are right." Noam Chomsky
Jeffrey St. Clair and Joshua Frank have skillfully smoked out the real Barack Obama . . . the technofascist military strategist disguised as a Nobel Peace Laureate, but owned, operated, and controlled by Wall Street, Corporate America, and the Pentagon. Thomas H. Naylor, co-author of "Affluenza, Downsizing the USA"
The writers assembled here hit hard, with accuracy, and do not pull punches." Marcus Rediker, author of "The Slave Ship: A Human History"
The Barack Obama revolution was over before it started, guttered by the politician's overweening desire to prove himself to the grandees of the establishment. From there on, other promises proved ever easier to break. Here's the book that dares not let Obama off the hook. It's all here: the compromises, the backstabbing, the same old imperial ambitions. Covering all major "Obummer" categories since he took office, this fast-paced collection will delight the critical and offer food for thought for those contemplating the 2012 electoral circus and beyond.
Jeffrey St. Clair is co-editor of "CounterPunch," author of "Born Under a Bad Sky" and "Been Brown So Long it Looked Green to Me," and co-author of "Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs, and the Press."
Joshua Frank is an environmental journalist and co-editor of "Red State Rebels: Tales of Grassroots Resistance in the Heartland." His investigative reports and columns appear in "CounterPunch," "Chicago Sun-Times," Common Dreams, and AlterNet.
About the Author
Jeffrey St. Clair co-edits CounterPunch with Alexander Cockburn. Together they have written Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs and the Press and A Dime's Worth of Difference: Beyond the Lesser of Two Evils.
Born and raised in Montana, Josh Frank lives in New York City. His work has appeared in many publications, including Counterpunch, Left Turn and Z Magazine. This is his first book
"The book is not organized by topic; it’s a random, if chronological, ride through a catalog of catastrophes. But it’s united by the theme of horrendously bad government in the age of Obama. It ignores the mythology and treats Obama based on his actual performance." — David Swanson, FireDogLake