The Assassination of Julius Caesar: A People’s History of Ancient Rome (2003)

Michael John Parenti (born September 30, 1933) is an American political scientist, academic historian and cultural critic who writes on scholarly and popular subjects. Read the book:

He has taught at American and international universities and has been a guest lecturer before campus and community audiences.

For many years Parenti taught political and social science at various institutions of higher learning. Eventually he devoted himself full-time to writing, public speaking, and political activism.[5] He is the author of 23 books and many more articles. His works have been translated into at least 18 languages.[6] Parenti lectures frequently throughout the United States and abroad.

Parenti’s writings cover a wide range of subjects: U.S. politics, culture, ideology, political economy, imperialism, fascism, communism, democratic socialism, free-market orthodoxies, conservative judicial activism, religion, ancient history, modern history, historiography, repression in academia, news and entertainment media, technology, environmentalism, sexism, racism, Venezuela, the wars in Iraq and Yugoslavia, ethnicity, and his own early life.


Ethnic Politics and the Persistence of Ethnic Identification
The American Political Science Review, Vol. 61, No. 3, 1967. (pp. 717–726)
Review Symposium: Maximum Feasible Misunderstanding
Urban Affairs Review, Vol. 5, No. 3, 1970. (pp. 329–341)
The Possibilities for Political Change
Politics & Society, Vol. 1, No. 1, 1970. (pp. 79–90)
Power and Pluralism: A View from the Bottom
The Journal of Politics, Vol. 32, No. 3, 1970. (pp. 501–530)
Repression in Academia: A Report from the Field
Politics & Society, Vol. 1, No. 4, 1971. (pp. 527–537)
Book Review: The New Socialist Revolution
Critical Sociology, Vol. 5, No. 1, 1974. (pp. 87–91)
Is Nicaragua More Democratic Than the United States?
CovertAction Information Bulletin, No. 26, 1986. (p. 68)
State Power and the JFK Assassination
Prevailing Winds, No. 1, 1997. (pp. 31–39)[b]
Methods of Media Manipulation
The Humanist, Vol. 57, No. 4, 1997. (pp. 5–7)


The Anti-Communist Impulse. Random House, 1970.
Trends and Tragedies in American Foreign Policy. Little, Brown, 1971.
Ethnic and Political Attitudes. Arno Press, 1975. ISBN 0-405-06413-6
Democracy for the Few. c.1974.
8th edition, 2007.[10] ISBN 978-0-495-00744-9
Power and the Powerless. St. Martin’s Press, 1978. ISBN 0-312-63372-6, ISBN 0-312-63373-4
Inventing Reality: The Politics of the Mass Media. 1986. ISBN 0-312-02013-9
2nd Edition, 1993. ISBN 0-312-08629-6
The Sword and the Dollar: Imperialism, Revolution and the Arms Race. St. Martin’s Press, 1989. ISBN 0-312-02295-6
Make-Believe Media: the Politics of Entertainment. St. Martin’s Press, 1992. ISBN 0-312-05603-6, ISBN 0-312-05894-2
Land of Idols: Political Mythology in America. St. Martin’s Press, 1993. ISBN 0-312-09497-3, ISBN 0-312-09841-3
Against Empire. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1995. ISBN 0-87286-298-4, ISBN 978-0-87286-298-2
Chapter 1 available online.
Dirty Truths. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1996. Includes some autobiographical essays. ISBN 0-87286-317-4, ISBN 0-87286-318-2
Blackshirts & Reds: Rational Fascism and the Overthrow of Communism. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1997. ISBN 0-87286-329-8, ISBN 0-87286-330-1
America Besieged. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1998. ISBN 0-87286-338-7, ISBN 0-87286-338-7
History as Mystery. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1999). ISBN 0-87286-357-3, ISBN 0-87286-364-6
To Kill a Nation: The Attack on Yugoslavia. Verso, 2002. ISBN 1-85984-776-5
The Terrorism Trap: September 11 and Beyond. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 2002. ISBN 0-87286-405-7
The Assassination of Julius Caesar: A People’s History of Ancient Rome. The New Press, 2003. ISBN 1-56584-797-0.
Superpatriotism. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 2004. ISBN 978-0-87286-433-7
The Culture Struggle. Seven Stories Press, 2006. ISBN 1-58322-704-0, ISBN 978-1-58322-704-6
Contrary Notions (City Lights Books, 2007).[8] ISBN 0-87286-482-0, ISBN 978-0-87286-482-5
God and His Demons. Prometheus Books, 2010.
The Face of Imperialism Paradigm, 2011.
Waiting for Yesterday: Pages from a Street Kid’s Life Bordighera Press, 2013.
Profit Pathology and Other Indecencies Routledge, 2015.

Book chapters

“American Foreign Policy: A Tragic ‘Success’.” In: Curtis, Alan (ed). Patriotism, Democracy, and Common Sense: Restoring America’s Promise at Home and Abroad. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield; Washington, D.C.: Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation, 2004, pp. 159–168.

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