Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower is a book by William Blum first published in 2000. The 3rd revision updates events covered in the book to the year 2005. It examines and criticizes United States foreign policy during and following the Cold War. The book’s first chapter is titled “Why Do Terrorists Keep Picking on the United States”. Subsequent chapter titles include “America’s Gift to the World — the Afghan Terrorist Alumni”, “The U.S. Versus the World at the United Nations” and “How the CIA Sent Nelson Mandela to Prison for 28 Years”.

It was mentioned in a speech attributed to Osama bin Laden broadcast on January 19, 2006. Bin Laden stated: “If Bush carries on with his lies and oppression, it would be useful for you to read the book The Rogue State.” Sales subsequently soared.
When asked if he was disturbed by Bin Laden’s endorsement of his book, Blum replied “I was glad. I knew it would help the book’s sales and I was not bothered by who it was coming from. If he shares with me a deep dislike for the certain aspects of U.S. foreign policy, then I’m not going to spurn any endorsement of the book by him. I think it’s good that he shares those views and I’m not turned off by that.” Prior to bin Laden’s statement, the book was ranked at 209,000 on Amazon’s sales list. By the following Sunday it was number 12.

Bin Laden allegedly quoted the following passage: “If I were president, I could stop terrorist attacks against the United States in a few days. Permanently. I would first apologize – very publicly and sincerely – to all the widows and orphans, the impoverished and the tortured, and the many millions of other victims of American imperialism. Then I would announce to every corner of the world that America’s global military interventions have come to an end.” The quote is from Blum’s 2004 book Freeing the World to Death: Essays on the American Empire, but appears in the Zed Books edition of Rogue State.…

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William Blum

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William Blum
picture of a gray-haired man wearing glasses and a brown plaid flannel shirt; behind him is a crowd of people

William Blum in 2007
Born 1933 (age 80–81)
Occupation Journalist, Author, U.S. foreign policy critic, historian
Genres Political Journalism, History
Notable work(s) The CIA: A Forgotten History(1986)
Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower (2000)
Killing Hope (2003)

William Blum (born 1933) is an American author, historian, and critic of United States foreign policy. He worked in a computer related position at the United States Department of State in the mid-1960s. Initially an anti-communist with dreams of becoming a foreign service officer, he became disillusioned by the Vietnam War. He lives in Washington, DC.[1]




Blum left the State Department in 1967 and became a founders and editor of the Washington Free Press, the first “alternative” newspaper in the capital. In 1969, he wrote and published an exposé of the CIA in which was revealed the names and addresses of more than 200 CIA employees. He has worked as freelance journalist in the United States, Europe and South America. In 1972-73 Blum worked as a journalist in Chile where he reported on the Allendegovernment’s “socialist experiment”. In the mid-1970s, he worked in London with ex-CIA officer Philip Agee and his associates “on their project of exposing CIA personnel and their misdeeds”.[2] He supports himself with his writing and speaking engagements on college campuses.[1]

In his books and online columns, Blum devotes substantial attention to CIA interventions and assassination plots. He has supported Ralph Nader‘s presidential campaigns.[3] He circulates a monthly newsletter by email called “The Anti-Empire Report”. Blum has described his life’s mission as: “If not ending, at least slowing down the American Empire. At least injuring the beast. It’s causing so much suffering around the world.”[1]

Osama bin Laden statement[edit]

In early 2006, Blum briefly became the subject of widespread media attention when Osama bin Laden issued a public statement in which he quoted Blum and recommended that all Americans read Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower. As a result of the mention, sales of his book greatly increased. “I was quite surprised and even shocked and amused when I found out what he’d said,” Blum said. “I was glad. I knew it would help the book’s sales and I was not bothered by who it was coming from. If he shares with me a deep dislike for certain aspects of US foreign policy, then I’m not going to spurn any endorsement of the book by him. I think it’s good that he shares those views and I’m not turned off by that.”[4] On the Bin Laden endorsement Blum stated “This is almost as good as being an Oprah book.”[1]



  1. Jump up to:a b c d Montgomery, David (January 21, 2006). “The Author Who Got A Big Boost From bin Laden”Washington Post. pp. C01.
  2. Jump up^ Bill Blum’s ZSpace PageZ Magazine online, accessed May 31, 2008.
  3. Jump up^ Blum, William On Liberals, Phil Agee, and the 9-11 Truth Movement,Dissident Voice, January 14, 2008. Accessed May 31, 2008.
  4. Jump up^ “Bin Laden plug boosts book sales”Sydney Morning HeraldReuters. January 21, 2006.

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