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From Library Journal
From the 1960s to the present, linguist Chomsky has been a prominent critic of American foreign policy, influential in radical and scholarly circles. This collection offers a broad sampling of Chomsky's best writing on the subject. The essays are typical Chomsky: long, analytical, probing, and controversial. Some have appeared in earlier collections; others are expanded transcripts of recent lectures. The most familiar are concerned with U.S. policy in Vietnam, Central America, and the Middle East. Editor Peck gives us an overview of Chomsky's writings in his useful introduction, though he tends to be extravagant in his praise. Even more useful is a long interview with Chomsky himself. Highly recommended for all academic libraries. Thomas A. Karel, Franklin & Marshall Coll. Lib., Lancaster, Pa.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The political and linguistic writings of America's leading dissident intellectual. He relates his political ideals to his theories about language.See all Product Description
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Noam Chomsky makes people think, he poises some of the difficult questions, and will maybe have you struggling to justify some of your best and long held beliefs in people and society. In this way, this book is both a gentle introduction and a great mental workout, if nothing else, and it can be much more.
Starting with this book by Chomsky if you haven't read any of his stuff before is like deciding on a diet and workout plan that is neither drastic or radical, but eases the reader into the Chomsky ways of seeing things, of gathering facts, of interpreting language and of developing ideas and analysis. Chomsky is nearly always delivering arguments that are mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive, which leads for well focussed and sometimes overly-knowledge rich text, but it's well worth the effort - in my book Chomsky is one of the greatest thinkers of the last 100 years - even if you, like me, will disagree with at least 50 percent of Chomsky's conclusions.
At bottom - and what renders the MIT professor a non-person to state and media alike - is his view of Washington not as vaunted leader of the free world, but as a self-serving imperial power, neither better nor worse than its predecessors, but with greatly expanded reach and killing power. To put the point briefly, behind sterling academic and intellectual credentials, he mounts a leftish, but non-Marxist, expose' of Washington's most cherished foreign policy pieties. Just as effectively, he is careful not to put forth a central thesis, theory or organizing idea, that might otherwise distract from the damning indictment his case studies provide of global interventionism.Read more ›
The introduction to this collection of essays (and informative interview) is excellent. It provides a basic overview of Chomsky's philosophy (if you could call it that.) I felt that this book was basic reading, particularly for those who are new to Chomsky's works. In the introduction Peck writes that freedom and the process of indoctrination go hand in hand... and in America freedoms exist "within an ideological consensus that limits debate and protects powerful interests in ways all too similar to those in which obviously repressive societies operate." The entire book (and Chomsky's many other works) provide evidence of these statements. Chomsky is meticulous in combing for details and wants readers to release themselves from the mindlessness of taking information (or veracity of readily available information) for granted. Conventional media are seemingly free from having a burden of proof and need not provide any evidence to support their claims. This is not only the fault of media outlets. The media do what they can get away with. Discriminating, thoughtful readers seeking information should not accept that.
One of the most apt analogies Chomsky makes in the interview is that professional sports, as an example, are one means for deflecting attention from real and important issues.Read more ›
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Mr. Chomsky, a widely famous leftist, is also known as a supporter of global Arab fascism and anti-Semitism. Read morePublished on June 20 2004
The Chomsky reader is a must for anyone, liberal or conservative, who seeks insight away from the mainstream media. Read morePublished on June 19 2003 by iaroke
This book should be required reading for all political science degree majors. Actually it should be required for all students. Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2002 by Shannon L. Heimburg
Yes, this is a politically biased book. Yes, he can sound a little paranoid. BUT this book is an excellent, eye-opening read nonetheless. Read morePublished on Dec 1 1999 by Amazon Customer
This is a great way to get into the works of Chomsky. Chomsky reveals the bias in the media, showing all the pieces of information which were cut off from the mainstream press. Read morePublished on June 9 1999
This book, just like every other political work I have read by Chomsky, presents many very good points. Read morePublished on April 6 1999
There is no doubt that the Chomsky Reader is the quintessential introductory book for those who claim to think independently. Read morePublished on April 1 1999
I was completely disappointed by the first two reader reviews listed under the entry for this book. How can one submit a book review when one pigheadedly refuses to even read the... Read morePublished on March 15 1999
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