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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; 1 edition (April 3 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805082840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805082845
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Half a century ago, in July 1955, Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein issued an extraordinary appeal to the people of the world, asking them "to set aside" the strong feelings they have about many issues and to consider themselves "only as members of a biological species which has had a remarkable history, and whose disappearance none of us can desire." Read the first page
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By F. B. Fisher on Jan. 22 2008
Format: Hardcover
YR's review is not a review. It's an attack.
It's a "We must be right we're the US" diatribe.
It shouldn't be published as a review.
The fact that there are a lot of YR's in the U.S. is really frightening.
There is only one country in the world capable of destroying the world and only one country in the world who has no conscience about doing that as long as there's a dollar in it.
Thank God there are Noam Chomsky's who have not yet been silenced by the imperialistic thugs that Americans elect.
Noam Chomsky gives me some hope - As a Canadian, We are often confused when we are criticized for having so little military by the only country on earth that we would ever need to defend ourselves from.
It's unfair and perhaps naive but to me Chomsky is like the canary in the coal mine. If the US ever silences him it will be time to fill the basement with weaponry and prepare for the invasion.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Donnelly on Sept. 24 2006
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One of Chomsky's best books ever! If you seek the real truth about what's going on in the world around us you have to read this book. A definite must have!!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Cunningham on June 30 2006
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I hate flying. I have to say that this was one of those books I just happened to pick up in an airport during a lay-over, to help take my mind off it. It worked. Noam Chomsky's often stark and brutal disection of the rampant desire and virtually boundless need for the United States' policymakers to wage a seemingly endless war AGAINST democracy, frankly scares me. If you enjoy the idea that 'democracy promotion' is an job best left to the U.S. government, don't read this book.
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By Troy Parfitt TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 10 2014
Format: Paperback
Failed States calls into question much of what I learned about US history in university and quite a bit of what I’ve read in the news since. It argues, convincingly, with mountains of evidence, that the United States government repeatedly sabotages democracy in the name of democracy - almost everywhere.To this end, Chomsky is relentless, but so very compelling. He starts with ideas of social equality, fairness, fundamental decency, and other common, normal tenets involving basic morality, and goes on to illustrate how Washington (along with London) and its client states (e.g. Israel) care little about decency, morality, etc. and how it repeatedly works to screw this world up. The existence of anti-American extremism in certain parts of the world, and more thoughtful forms of dissent, seem entirely natural given the United States’s recurrent brutality and disdain for fundamental fairness, human rights, etc. I’ve read about Chomsky’s contributions to linguistics (i.e. universal grammar) and have listened to him YouTube a lot, but reading him talk about politics was impressive. It was also distressing and depressing. How messed up is this world? Even more than you think. Still, I think everyone should read this book. I can’t recommend it enough. I will read Chomsky again. Failed States is dark but brilliant.

Troy Parfitt is the author of Why China Will Never Rule the World
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By James "error" Campbell TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Dec 17 2013
Format: Paperback
'Failed States' provides annotation to reality. While it is difficult at times to take face value in some of Chomksy's strongest arguments, a brief confirmation is easily applied from the periphery academic record. Things are, summarily, exactly as Chomsky describes. I am generally perpetually in awe of Chomsky's capacity as a human, academic and scholar. I wouldn't consider it an overstatement to place him as a modern day Socrates in his effect, wise beyond his years and timeless. In today's world, Chomsky remains as one of the last of a small handful of men who I respect with all of my mind, he is old-school, a dieing breed.

'Failed States' provides direct and furious substantiation to the function of the United States of America in the late 20th and early 21st century, through the eyes of the non-aligned. In the fabric of this work, a thorough and spectacular illumination of what is being conducted by the 'free world' is propagated. For many, these words correlate to disturb and infuriate, as quite critically, a very bleak picture is amounted by its revelation. To a very inverted standard, Chomsky actually provides optimism at the end of the book (in the afterwards), which fully inspires its participants who read it, to follow through to the end in what is right.

This book is presented in conjunction with "Hegemony or Survival" (which can be purchased on this site or at other bookstores), I would suggest reading both, starting with Hegemony or Survival. To those who read this book, welcome to the real world. I am here every step of the way walking beside you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Skeptic Critic on Jan. 7 2008
Format: Hardcover
As always, Chomsky presents inescapable facts. His detractors are almost certainly people who haven't even read his books and/or who have an agenda. Read George Tenet's book "In the eye of the storm" after you read Chomsky and you'll see how incredibly accurate Chomsky is in his view of the world. No agendas, no bias, no spin. Merely facts. Chomsky should be taught in every school in the world.
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