Myths of Free Trade: Why America Trade Policy Has Failed

Sherrod Brown (Author)
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The subject of widespread attention when first released, including the pages of the New York Times Book Review, Myths of Free Trade provides a front-row seat to the Washington spectacle of corporate lobbying and political intimidation that keeps the free-trade mantra alive as American policy, despite all the evidence of its failure.

U.S. Representative Sherrod Brown--a leading progressive voice in Congress and a twelve-year veteran of Washington's trade wars--takes apart free-trade dogma, myth by myth. His book is an accessible, personal, globe-trotting chronicle, taking the reader from the coffee fields of Nicaragua to the sweatshops of China; from the toxic wastelands on the Mexican border to the halls of Congress.

Described as an "essential primer" by The Progressive and a "voice of truth" by Public Citizen News, this edition includes a fascinating update that describes the congressional battle over the Central American Free Trade Agreement--a battle led by Tom DeLay on one side and Sherrod Brown on the other.

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$24.95  $22.46
New Press
Publish Date
October 01, 2004
5.8 X 0.98 X 8.24 inches | 0.86 pounds
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About the Author

United States Senator Sherrod Brown serves on the Senate Committee on Finance, the Senate Committee on Banking, the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, and the Veterans Affairs Committee. Previously, he represented Ohio's 13th Congressional District and served on the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection. Brown has also taught in Ohio public schools and at the Ohio State University. He is the author of Congress from the Inside. He lives in Washington, D.C., and Cleveland, Ohio.


We discovered that the Chilean government had hired Bob Dole to represent them against U.S. salmon farmers. Dole had served as chair of the Senate Finance Committee, the panel with jurisdiction over trade. After my office alerted the media, Dole angrily demanded to know who that Ohio Congressman was who had outed him.
"Sherrod Brown demolishes the seven myths of NAFTA, and the 'wonders' of free-trade. . . . In Brown we have an eloquent public servant--rather than a go-along private one." --Studs Terkel

"Sherrod Brown reveals the power, corruption, and lies behind U.S. trade policy." --Eric Schlosser