Contrary Notions
The Michael Parenti Reader





Book News, Inc.

"Prominent leftist public intellectual Parenti has built a reputation for himself as a trenchant, yet engaging and accessible, critic of capitalism, imperialism, and other forms of exploitation and violence and this diverse collection of his writings will not disappoint his fans (nor, probably, convince his detractors). Over the course of the collection he takes on the corporate media, intellectual repression in academia, the stolen presidential elections of 2000 and 2004 (not that he's a fan of Al Gore or John Kerry), right wing judicial activism, free-market orthodoxies and mythologies, racism, sexism, homophobia, postmodern attacks on Marxism, the distortions of dominant history, ill-informed demonizations of the Venezuelan political process, his own life, and many other topics."


Michael Parenti interviewed by ZNet
Oct 9, 2007
"The book's subtitle is 'The Michael Parenti Reader.' It is a composite selection of my various writings, focusing on the kind of systemic approach that is so grandly ignored or viciously misrepresented by many persons across the political spectrum: left, right, and center." - ZNet

Mother Teresa, John Paul II, and the Fast-Track Saints
Oct 22, 2007
"Mother Teresa’s “hospitals” for the indigent in India and elsewhere turned out to be hardly more than human warehouses in which seriously ill persons lay on mats, sometimes fifty to sixty in a room without benefit of adequate medical attention. Their ailments usually went undiagnosed. The food was nutritionally lacking and sanitary conditions were deplorable. There were few medical personnel on the premises, mostly untrained nuns and brothers." - Michael Jensen, CommonDreams.org

Michael Parenti on Freedom Radio
Oct 29, 2008

"This week at 10 we will be speaking with scholar, essayist and author Michael Parenti. His most recent book is Contrary Notions, The Michael Parenti Reader, published by City Lights.

'Michael Parenti is a towering prophetic voice in American life. We need him now more than ever!'
—Cornel West

'Radical in the true sense of the word, (Parenti) digs at the roots which . . . sustain our public consciousness.'
—Los Angeles Times Book Review"

- Justin Desmangles, KDVS

Aurora Online

"A prolific author, a charismatic speaker, and a regular guest on radio and television talk shows, Parenti communicates his message in an accessible, provocative, and historically informed style that is unrivaled among fellow progressive activists and thinkers."


Gender Savagery in Guatemala
Jul 14, 2007
"On the outskirts of Guatemala City the body of an 18-year-old woman of indigenous ethnicity was recently discovered by her frantic parents who had been searching long and hard. Forensic evidence showed that she had been repeatedly raped and tortured and that her head had been severed from her body with a blunt knife while she was still alive." - Michael Parenti and Lucia Munoz, Political Affairs Magazine