Wall Street’s Think Tank: The Council on Foreign Relations and the Empire of Neoliberal Geopolitics, 1976-2014

Coming in August 2015 from Monthly Review Press!

The Council on Foreign Relations is the most influential foreign-policy think tank in the United States, claiming among its members a high percentage of government officials, media figures, and establishment elite. For decades it kept a low profile even while it shaped policy, advised presidents, and helped shore up U.S. hegemony following the Second World War. In 1977, Laurence H. Shoup and William Minter published the first in-depth study of the CFR, Imperial Brain Trust, an explosive work that traced the activities and influence of the CFR from its origins in the 1920s through the Cold War.

Now, Laurence H. Shoup returns with this long-awaited sequel, which brings the story up to date. Wall Street’s Think Tank follows the CFR from the 1970s through the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union to the present. It explains how members responded to rapid changes in the world scene: globalization, the rise of China, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the launch of a “War on Terror,” among other major developments. Shoup argues that the CFR now operates in an era of “Neoliberal Geopolitics,” a worldwide paradigm that its members helped to establish and that reflects the interests of the U.S. ruling class, but is not without challengers. Wall Street’s Think Tank is an essential guide to understanding the Council on Foreign Relations and the shadow it casts over recent history and current events.




Ruler and Rebels: A People’s History of Early California, 1769 – 1901

The ruling class in early California tried to maintain power with an iron grip, but it faced plenty of rebellions from disenfranchised groups seeking some clout of their own. Take a trip back in time to the state’s earliest years and discover the untold history of the working poor, blacks, immigrants, Native Americans, and other groups who sought to assert their human rights. Their numerous organized and unorganized rebellions, demonstrations, and boycotts altered history and taught valuable lessons that continue to be significant today. Historian Laurence H. Shoup relies on primary documents and historical resources to prove human rights become real and alive when people engage in direct action. Examining the Gold Rush, the rise of industrial capitalism, the onset of the Civil War and other important events that led to conflict between different groups, Rulers and Rebels explores how the rebels of early California paved the way for democracy. Shoup continues a tradition of historical, nonfiction storytelling with a book that explores the different viewpoints and actions of California’s Rulers and Rebels.

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Imperial BT

Imperial Brain Trust: The Council on Foreign Relations and United States Foreign Policy

(co-authored with William Minter)
Monthly Review Press, New York, 1977
Reprinted by Authors Choice Press 2004

A thoroughly researched expose of the discreet workings of the powerful Council on Foreign Relations…an influential oligarchy which not only studies but forms U.S. policy. With keen insight, the authors trace the origins of the increased power of the organization. –American Library Association Booklist

The first in-depth analysis of the activities and influence of the most important private institution in the formulation of U.S. foreign policy…Shoup and Minter’s work is based on detailed research, including examination of material hitherto unavailable to the public…this work will stand as a milestone.  –Library Journal

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Inigo of Rancho Posolmi: The Life and Times of a Mission Indian

(co-authored with Randall T. Milliken)
Ballena Press, Novato, California, 1999

An innovative biography of an Ohlone Indian, who was appointed an alcalde at Mission Santa Clara, was given a sizeable land grant, and managed to retain over 800 acres of it until his death in 1864.

Deeply researched, rich in detail, and completely trustworthy in its conclusions, this groundbreaking book provides many valuable insights into the larger issues of Indian life in the Spanish/Mexican eras. Rarer yet, individuals come to life with amazing specificity, evoking a complexity of human drama of the clash of cultures out of which modern California has grown. –Malcolm Margolin, author of The Ohlone Way and publisher, Heyday Books

Innovative in its approach and provocative in its conclusions, this book adds insight and controversy to the debate surrounding the purpose, function, and results of the Spanish Mission System in California. –George H. Phillips, author of Indians and Intruders

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The Carter Presidency and Beyond: Power and Politics in the 1980’s

Ramparts Press, Palo Alto, California, 1980
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