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Anti Chomsky Reader [Paperback]

Peter Collier , David Horowitz
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Sept. 1 2004
This description is based on the MIT professor's writings on linguistics in the 1950s; but beginning with his criticism of the Vietnam War in the 1960s, Chomsky became much better known for his radical politics than for his theories of language. Over the past forty years he has gained a devoted following in the United States and Europe for his increasingly bitter--some say hysterical--censure of U.S. "crimes." Chomsky has complained about being ignored by mainstream publications such as the "New York Times," but in fact his steady stream of polemical works, like the best-selling "9-11," have made him the center of a veritable cult. In "The Anti-Chomsky Reader," editors Peter Collier and David Horowitz have assembled a set of essays that analyze Chomsky's intellectual career and the evolution of his anti-Americanism. The essays in this provocative book focus on subjects such as Chomsky's bizarre involvement with Holocaust revisionism, his apologies for Khmer Rouge tyrant Pol Pot, and his claim that America's policies in Latin America in the 1980s were comparable to Nazism. Scholar Paul Bogdanor writes about Chomsky's hatred of Israel. Ronald Radosh and David Horowitz discuss his gloating reaction to the September 11 attack. Linguists Paul Postal and Robert Levine reevaluate Chomsky's linguistics and find the same qualities there that others see in his politics: "a deep contempt for the truth, descents into incoherence, and verbal abuse of those who disagree with him." "The Anti-Chomsky Reader" presents a fascinating composite portrait of a man who arguably is our most influential public intellectual.

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Peter Collier has written well-regarded biographies of the Rockefellers, the Kennedys and the Fords. David Horowitz is the author of Radical Son, The Politics of Bad Faith, Left Illusions, and other books. He is the President of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture in Los Angeles, California.

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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This book is just plain wrong... Sept. 18 2004
By A Customer
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
1.0 out of 5 stars boring Dec 4 2004
By m
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Liberal or Conservative is not the issue! Sept. 5 2004
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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1.0 out of 5 stars What are you people smoking??!!!? Sept. 24 2004
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and insightful June 7 2004
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
1.0 out of 5 stars Make sure your copy is signed by Horowitz June 2 2008
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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11 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pre-emptive attack? June 15 2004
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The reviews say it All
Jamie Glazov and others (such as ex-Red Diaper Babies Ron Radosh and David Horowitz) have noted the surreal fantasy world inhabited by leftists and their fellow travellers. Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2009 by RushFanForLife
1.0 out of 5 stars Intellectual Self-Defence
Even open-minded people will likely find themselves unable to take seriously the likes of Chomsky. It does not seem possible that we could be so mistaken in what we believe. Read more
Published on March 26 2009 by Stuart Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Wormtongue
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Published on July 21 2006 by Pieter Uys
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic eye-opener
I've always been looking at this book with a burning desire to get it. When I finally got it and commenced my reading, I was smitten. Read more
Published on Dec 20 2005
1.0 out of 5 stars I am ashamed of my fellow Canadians.
I am writing to say i am ashamed of the negative reviews posted by my fellow Canadians that critizise Noam Chomsky. Read more
Published on June 23 2005
1.0 out of 5 stars He's Jewish you retards!!!!
Please tell me how a Jewish man can be an anti-Semite. Chomsky loves his country; he just doesn't like what it is doing in the world. And neither do I. Read more
Published on April 25 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars At last the truth!!!
I remember Chomsky's words during the Cambodian Tragedy, and his denials.This book presents his hateful writings to a new generation. Read more
Published on April 18 2005 by Stephen Reeves
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read the Anti-Chomsky Reader
The Anti-Chomsky Reader is a well-documented expose of the exaggerations and distortions made by Noam Chomsky in numerous articles and speeches. Read more
Published on March 30 2005 by Jody
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