by Mumia Abu-Jamal and Stephen Vittoria
In Book Three: Perfecting Tyranny, Abu-Jamal and Vittoria continue their epic recounting of the history--and present reality--of America. This volume challenges the acceptance of some of the most heralded features of American superiority--a free press, an independent judiciary, individual liberty, equal rights for women and minorities--and shows how these are often myths bent to the will of the Empire. As with the previous two volumes, the authors recount not only the onslaught of the American Empire, but the fearless persistence of a resistant American People who refuse to acquiesce. Although this concludes Murder Incorporated the trilogy, the Corporation--and the resistance against it--carries on. Series Overview: The prevailing myth is that America's prized possessions and greatest exports are democracy and the dream of freedom. The naked truth, say Abu-Jamal and Vittoria, is that the American dream is illusory and America's greatest export is in fact murder--and that along the way to the kill, it thieves, suppresses, and tyrannizes. More than a history book, this is a lively, irreverent, and spirited alternative to the orthodoxy of American Exceptionalism.
About the Contributors:
Mumia Abu-Jamal is an award-winning journalist. He spent more than 28 years on death row for allegedly killing a white police officer in Philadelphia. Despite his three-decade imprisonment, most of which was spent in solitary confinement on Death Row, Abu-Jamal has relentlessly fought for his freedom and for his profession. He is the author of nine books, including Death Blossoms and Live from Death Row, and thousands of radio commentaries.
Stephen Vittoria is a film director and producer. His documentary films include Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal and One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern. He lives in Los Angeles, California.