Global Health Justice

May 31, 2022

[BOOKS] on War in Global Health

By Steve Gloyd

Here is a list of some books that emphasize the role of the USA in fomenting war across the world, often to protect US dominance, corporate exploitation, and promote neoliberal policies –  or to undermine or overthrow governments that challenge such exploitation. Some of the books include:


“Washington Bullets” by Vijay Prashad (2020)

    • Prashad examines the global impact of American foreign policy and interventions, shedding light on the often devastating consequences of U.S. military actions. This book is essential for gaining a critical perspective on America’s role in world affairs.

“The Jakarta Method” by Vincent Bevins (2021)

    • Bevins uncovers the brutal history of U.S.-backed anti-communist campaigns during the Cold War, revealing the widespread use of violence and its long-lasting effects. This book offers a sobering account of covert operations and their implications.

“Overthrow” by Stephen Kinzer (2006)

    • Kinzer provides a comprehensive account of U.S. involvement in regime changes around the world, revealing the motivations and consequences of these interventions. Reading this book is crucial for understanding the historical context of American foreign policy.

“Empire’s Workshop” by Greg Grandin (2006)

    • Grandin explores the ideological roots of U.S. interventionism, particularly in Latin America, and how it shaped the nation’s perception of its role in the world. This book offers valuable insights into the cultural and political underpinnings of American foreign policy.

“Hegemony or Survival” by Noam Chomsky (2003)

    • Chomsky critically analyzes U.S. foreign policy in the post-Cold War era, arguing that its pursuit of global dominance may ultimately lead to peril. This book is essential for understanding Chomsky’s influential perspectives on geopolitics.

“Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky” Editors Peter Mitchell and John Schoeffel (2002)

    • This compilation of Chomsky’s talks and discussions provides a comprehensive overview of his views on power, media, and U.S. foreign policy. Reading this book offers unparalleled access to Chomsky’s incisive analysis and critique of contemporary politics.


These books collectively offer a critical examination of U.S. foreign policy, shedding light on the historical context, motivations, and consequences of American interventions around the world. They provide essential perspectives for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of global geopolitics and the impact of U.S. actions on a global scale.


All books should be available free through your public library, including audio books.