Comments and Reviews of the Book
Many thanks for your book which I have just received. Thanks for writing this timely book which is inspirational. Thanks for all your work for peace Vijay.
– Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 1976, Founder, Peace People, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Be good if they this book was sent to each MP and US politician as they can have mediation and not rush into wars and conflicts. It is great to see good cuts with military expenditure here in the UK too
– Michael Snellgrove, Quaker from Cambridge, United Kingdom
I’m fascinated by The Economics of Killing, to the point that whenever I now hear or read any geo-political news or business news related to the arms trade (such as BAe’s figures today) I hear it/read it through the reference point of the book. Very well-researched and well-written indeed.
– Francis Hallawell, Media Presenter, United Kingdom
I just read your book, congratulations. It’s a page turner well researched and wonderfully written. I am very proud of you dad xx Love.
– Renu Mehta, Founder, Fortune Forum, United Kingdom
Dear Vijay, many congratulations with your book. I – and many with me – think you are a very brave person!
– Marjolijn Snippe, LL.M International Law, World Federalist and advocate of United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA) – Netherlands
You have done a good job, the material reads well, and the research is equally good.
– Roger van Zwanenberg, Commissioning Editor and Chair, Pluto Press
The book is a fascinating analyses and full of fresh insights. It exposes how the western governments used their nasty power and their vested interest to subjugate developing countries. It is factual, hardnosed and difficult to deny.
– Rev. Brian Cooper, Coordinator and Interfaith Secretary, Uniting for Peace and, UK
Vijay Mehta’s The Economics of Killing is a value based book. It articulates the manner in which nations express the value they place on pursuing peace and security by killing, fear, threats and the pursuit of dominance — bloated military budgets. Mr. Mehta offers a route to a more humane law governed path based on values that inarguably are more sustainable, productive, and serve life affirming processes — jobs, justice, peace, and sustainable development. The book raises a challenging question: How much is the US to blame for the excessive militarization of international affairs and economics? Regardless, the US must change and the rest of the world must also change. What could be clearer at this moment: planning to fight and fighting wars is not a sustainable course for our global family.
- Jonathan Granoff, President Global Security Institute, USA
I was very impressed with your latest book. It was full of thought-provoking insights on a subject that I thought I knew about!
- Phil Sedler, Treasurer, London Region CND and Tower Hamlets CND, UK
It is one of the most eloquently written book, I have read for a long time.
- Carole Thomas Arts Editor (BA, ITEC, IHHT, CtHA)
The Economics of killing book is very thorough and timely piece of work
- Dr Stuart Parkinson, Executive Director, Scientist for Global Responsibility (SGR)UK
I hope your book will be widely reviewed and read and thus contribute to the vital changes the world has needed for a long time already. With much appreciation for all your terrific work for peace.
– Peter Van Den Dungen, UK
I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to read your book, each and every chapter of which was illuminating for me. I’m really impressed with your research, arguments and delivery, and now have a springboard to look further into the issue of the arms trade, in the hope that I may persuade others, within our Amnesty group in particular, to see the issues from the perspective convincingly set forth in your book.
- Anne Ridgley, Exeter Amnesty, UK
Your book, The Economics of Killing, will certainly open the eyes and ears of politicians and bureaucrats to think before investing on arms, ammunition and allied infrastructure for waging war against human beings. Hope it will open the doors of peace and prosperity globally to live without fear of nefarious forces at work all over the world.
- H. R Bangia, Hony. Secretary, Indian Institute of Public Administration, India
It is high time that the arms industry was challenged squarely and comprehensively. You have done it, well done. You have been a great champion of Peace and I am full of admiration for your dedication and commitment to Peace.
- Satish Kumar, Editor-in-Chief, Resurgence Magazine, UK
I had re-read you book and it is excellent, deeply inspiring and challenging to all who wish to work for real change. Thank you Vijay, With you all in spirit,
- Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Northern Ireland
At first blush, it appears very skilfully written, based on much research, and includes very helpful resource information (at back). It was highly informative and interesting – very pertinent to our global crisis.
- Mark Singer, Punimpub Publishing, USA
The Economics of Killing describes how the military industrial complex works, its links with the global financial crisis and “the role Western governments play in perpetuating conflict.”
- The Docklands & East London Advertiser, Thursday April 26, 2012, London
The Economics of Killing reminds me of the many books written by Noam Chomsky about the imperialistic policy of the USA, the book of John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hitman, and many other books. Some people who have read books like these become “indignados”, and start to demonstrate and take action against these crimes against humanity. The Economics of Killing is quite impressive and very well documented.
- Geert Callens, Philosopher, Author of Eight Days a Week, Belgium
I am writing this to thank you for the most cherishing gift in the form of your book entitled the Economics of Killing. I congratulate you on your singular achievement. I find the book not only informative, rich in content but also inspiring. The book also gives us an insight into your personality embedded in humanness or if I use Shakesperean phrase it is ‘full of the milk of human kindliness. Both of us seem to share the same vision.
- Dr. Sohan Lal Gandhi, International President, Anuvrat Global Organization (ANUVIBHA), Jaipur – 302 017 (Rajasthan) INDIA
I just wanted to give my personal feedback about your book. I have purchased it some months ago and read it with keen interest. This is a very valuable book to me. It presents answers to many questions I pondered for some time. Your reviews of the political history and your candid and deep-thought analyses are enlightening.
Thank you very much!
- Uli Spalthoff, Director of Media Development for Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies,
By his own admission, Vijay Mehta chose a provocative title for his book The Economics of Killing in which he blames Western democracies for fuelling ‘war and poverty in the developed world’. His meticulous research bolsters his argument, and whether you agree or not, Mehta makes a charge that goes to the heart of modern strategic policy making.- Humphrey Hawksley, BBC World Affairs Correspondent and Commonwealth Journalist Association-UK member
The book Economics of Killing is an expose of the military-industrial complex shows how its actions grease the transfer of resources from the poorest to the richest globally. A valuable, well-argued, passionate and clearly written book
- John Green, Morning Star, May 2012, UK
The research that went into the book is very impressive as is the range of the argument. I find the argument you make in the book quite persuasive that a major cause of the crisis is the imbalance in the global economy between the US and China and then the connection you make between the US refusal to sell military and dual-use products to China and that trade imbalance. On the role of the media, I agree that there is less questioning of the rightsand wrongs of war per se as opposed to the rights and wrongs of an attack on country x as opposed to country y. I accept we should probably give more airtime to the arguments of those who see war in itself as something that should no longer be employed in international relations
- Alistair Burnett, Editor, The World Tonight, BBC News, UK
1. Mehta in his book attempts to quantify the human impact of US Global Militarism: forced migration, refugees, pollution, ill health and more. His book contain a vast amount of material about the murderously destructive nature of capitalism and is highly recommend.
- Mike Phipps, Editorial Board, Labour Briefing, June 2012, UK