William Blum

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William Blum in 2007

William Blum (/blʌm/; March 6, 1933 – December 9, 2018) was an American author and historian. He was a critic of United States foreign policy. He worked in a computer-related position at the United States Department of State in the mid-1960s.[1] He was known for his works The CIA: A Forgotten History (1986), Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower (2000) and Killing Hope (2003).

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.[2]

Blum was born in Brooklyn, New York. He died on December 9, 2018 in Arlington, Virginia from kidney failure at the age of 85.[3][4]

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  1. Montgomery, David (January 21, 2006). "The Author Who Got A Big Boost From bin Laden". The Washington Post. pp. C01.
  2. Oliver, Mark (January 23, 2006). "Osama bin Laden recommends". The Guardian. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  3. "William Blum, Independent Journalist and Anti-Imperialist Historian, Dies at 85". Democracy Now. December 11, 2018. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  4. William Blum, U.S. Policy Critic Cited by bin Laden, Dies at 85

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