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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Encounter Books (Sept. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 189355497X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893554979
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 15 x 22.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #421,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Since the late 1960s, Noam Chomsky's political writings have been treated with enormous respect in the United States. Read the first page
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Sept. 18 2004
Format: Paperback
Collier and Horowitz totally misconstrue and misrepresent what Chomsky is all about. He's one of the good guys, and doesn't hate anybody, least of all Israel!
As for the claims that Chomsky is a holocaust denier, they are totally and purposefully false. In fact, he is on record as saying that to even entertain the notion is to lose one's humanity. What he does support is the right to freedom of speech. Like most intellectuals (and civilized people in general), Chomsky supports an individual's right to voice his or her opinions. He has never supported the position that the holocaust never happened, but rather supports the rights of people to voice that claim. The difference between the two is critically important. In fact, when questioned about what he personally thinks of holocaust deniers, he always gives the same answer, "They're despicable."
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11 of 19 people found the following review helpful By m on Dec 4 2004
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There are lots of crazy books like this which don't let facts get in the way of trying to discredit a person or idea to further the authur(s) own agenda. But the worst part of this book is that it is boring. Uninspired truely a painfull book to get through. good if you have trouble sleeping.
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17 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Richards on Sept. 5 2004
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Notice how none of this book refutes any of Chomsky's claims. It tries to say he's a holocaust denier which is blatantly untrue. He tries to say Chomsky hates Isreal when Chomsky is Jewish. All this book is, is hatred of person. People who uncover uncomfortable truths should be regarded as heroes, not hated. WAKE UP AMERICA
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13 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Eric Kent on June 7 2004
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Chomsky is a person so brilliant in theory, that he forgets the reality of dealing with people such as terrorists and tyrants. He is now into denying the holocaust and proclaiming how Arafat is virtuous.
This book is both fascinating and insightful. Required reading!!!
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Paulite on June 2 2008
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I don't know much about Collier but Horowitz is a man that history will remember on account of the Academic Bill of Rights. His brilliant proposal for legislation, if passed, would have been instrumental in protecting young minds from ideas of questionable quality - deviant ones even.

Chomsky's books tend to innundate with facts so much so that reading them becomes an invitation to migrane; almost every paragraph is footnoted. This book allows for a quicker read by offering careful interpretation by well respected intellectuals.

Chomsky makes outrageous claims in his books, just a few examples from Failed States:

o calls the US a failed state, a terrorist state even,
o claims that the US is a fruit genocide,
o says that every single US president could be indicted as a war criminal

The above is a prime example of Freedom Of Speech in action. In any other country Chomsky would have been locked up and possibly killed but in America he is unhindered in his criticism of the very cradle of democracy.

Now, if there were an Academic Bill of Rights enacted university students would be safer from such undesierable fruits of the freedom of speech as Mr. Chomsky's writings.
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14 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Lorne Brian Jobe on Sept. 24 2004
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To "Finally someone has taken on Chomsky" Are you nuts man?!? Chomsky does not hate Isreal! And for damn sure doesn't deny the holocaust!!! Are you a child? And not unlike the authors of this atrosity of a book, your claims are convuluded, uninformed, and fallacious at best. (A little Jackie Chiles came out in me there..) Furthermore, the fact that you state "duhh..It's about time somebody challenged Chomsky" What is that?? Chomsky is an intellectual who's been challenged day in and day out (for 30+ years) by right wing numb nuts who want to preach about the "illusions" of the left. The fact is that Chomsky simply lays out the truth about the Isreli occupation of Palestine, and when the truth is stated it's very hard for many people to understand how Isreal can be deemed correct. As for his "hatred" of the United States and stating that they had 9/11 coming to them.....well, actually I'm just gonna stop here because there's no point. To anyone out there who was thinking of buying this book - DON'T. Unless, of course you're privy on spending 30 bucks on a good laugh. Really, this book is just more right wing jargon that deserves nothing but a lighter taken to it. Oh, and check out the company that published it......interesting, yes? Very.
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11 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15 2004
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If you want to know more about Chomsky's views, read his writings first. This book is worth picking up for a different perspective once you have some background -- so you can valuate the author's views rather than swallowing them whole. If you are new to Chomsky, this book will encourage you to dismiss ideas and arguments before understanding them or their context (which is really never useful, no matter what you want to agree with).
In isolation, this book serves to widen the gulf between those who've heard somewhere that Chomsky is a self-hating anti-American evil intellectual (and want this view confirmed and fleshed out), and those who follow Chomsky's well-referenced political writings and ignore his critics. (This is not to mention readers of his linguistic work, which is generally not accessible to lay readers - students of linguistics are often indifferent to his politics. Inclusion of two respected linguists is a point in this volume's favor, but readers may mistakenly conclude that the views are reprentative of the field).
Finally, the one-sided attack mode of this book can be seen even in the editorial reviews, which are full of overt "liberal bias"-style rhetoric. Note the use (and intended/actual emotional effect) of loaded words like "hysterical", "cult", "bizarre", "hate", "gloating".
Consider carefully, and think for yourself.
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