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Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post-9/11 World

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In this first collection of interviews since the
bestselling 9-11, our foremost intellectual activist examines crucial new questions of U.S. foreign policy

Timely, urgent, and powerfully elucidating, this important volume of previously unpublished interviews conducted by award-winning radio journalist David Barsamian features Noam Chomsky discussing America’s policies in an
Paperback, 226 pages
Published October 5th 2005 by Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt & Co. (NY) (first published January 1st 2005)
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Dec 30, 2010 Paul rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics
This a re-read of a book I read some years ago; still as sharp and provocative.
This is Chomsky in his easy to grasp mode;not the philosopher or linguist. It is a series of interviews and talks and shows off the breadth of Chomsky's knowledge. He is equally happy going into the detail of US imperial history (Grenada, Guatemala 1954, Vietnam, Cuba and so on), quoting Mill, Cobden, Lord Curzon, Robert McNamara. He dissects US foreign policy in relation to Iraq and the middle east, arguing that the
Tariq Alferis
Jan 17, 2015 Tariq Alferis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"يختفي اهتمام الغرب بقضايا العدوان والمجازر وانتهاكات حقوق الإنسان ونحو ذلك إذا كان سيجني أرباحًا من ورائها".
نعوم تشومسكي

نعوم تشومسكي يدعو الأشياء بأسمائها،تشومسكي ومضة في قلب الإعلام والمفكرين المزيفين، يتحدث خارج القطيع، ينتقد سياسة الأمريكية واحتكار الدول الامبريالية ،الكتاب عبارة عن لقاءات مُنفصلة تم تجميعها على مدار السنوات ، يملك نعوم المستوى فريد من الوضوح لتحليل ديناميات القوة الدولية الحديثة والفكر الامبريالي التوسعي، يُجيب على الأسئلة بحيادة مع إضافة الحجج بوثائق سرية مُفرج عنها.
Tam Nguyen
Jun 13, 2015 Tam Nguyen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cần phải đọc lại lần nữa. Noam Chomsky đích thị luôn là người nghi ngờ thẩm quyền và có một khả năng tư duy chính trị sắc sảo độc lập đến ngạc nhiên. Cuốn sách cho mình biết thêm một cái nhìn khác về nước mỹ, nhiều màu sắc hơn. Và nó cũng là một dạng tham khảo cơ bản cho những người quan tâm đến chính trị và quan hệ quốc tế.
Chris Yogi
May 03, 2009 Chris Yogi rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
yeah, ok, I should probably get off my ass and do something
Amr Moneib
May 12, 2010 Amr Moneib rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a great work. i found it in a bookstore selling it for 1/4 of the price as an outdated book. Although the books is a compilation of interviews in the years 2004 and 2005 I found it really interesting and worthy of reading to our date. Not just it goes as a source of enlightenment of how the US government works, but it tells us how every single ruler on earth manages to sweep the minds of his people and use propaganda material to rule and settle and achieve hidden goals and secrets. Fantasti ...more
Nov 17, 2015 Domhnall rated it it was amazing
An excellent little book, quickly read. Chomsky has been arguing the same points so routinely for so long that, even in these unrehearsed and lightly edited interviews, he is fluent in listing off the detailed evidence on which he builds his arguments. Indeed, because they are interview notes, they read fluently and effectively in a way that more laborious and more academic writing would not match.

Chomsk'y concern is that the USA is an imperfect democracy. "It has democratic institutions but th
Steve Cooper
Jul 12, 2014 Steve Cooper rated it it was ok
It's all very refreshing and feels enticingly rebellious to enter into Chomsky's world, but one must keep reminding oneself that 1) the material presented here can be approached from a wide spectrum of angles, and 2) righteous indignation has its place, but it also has a dangerously seductive drug-like appeal for egomaniacs and know-it-alls.

Criticism of Chomsky's factual errors usually seems to distort the truth itself, and it misses a bigger point. We can accept that all Chomsky's facts are cor
Erik Graff
Jun 01, 2010 Erik Graff rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Chomsky fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Chomsky is one of the more radical and humane thinkers around today. I find him refreshingly helpful as a means of ethically grounding myself as regards the events of the day. Most of my reading about current events is of the establishment press: The NY Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun Times, Newsweek, Time, The London Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal and the like, supplemented by The Nation which usually represents the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, but does occasional ...more
Oct 23, 2007 S rated it did not like it
I'd been hoping that - reputation notwithstanding - Chomsky was an intelligent, well-informed radical. Instead, I discovered he's just short of Lyndon LaRouche. Lots of border-line demagoguery and tinfoil-hat paranoia: sloppy reasoning, more instances of Godwin's Law than I thought possible in a mere 200 pages, and a strange fixation on the militarization of space. Style of the book - a collection of interviews with the sainted Chomsky so fawning that you'd half expect it was a chat on Good Morn ...more
Aug 18, 2015 Naazish rated it really liked it
This book provides food for thought. It shares areas you may want to explore and given an opportunity discuss with well versed friends.
Ahmed Derbala
Apr 18, 2016 Ahmed Derbala rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كتاب عظيم وسلس كعادة البروفيسور يأخذك أستاذ اللسانيات بالام اي تي الى الجانب الاخر من تاريخ الولايات المتحدة وأوهام الدفاع عن حقوق الانسان
قرائته اجباري
Dec 21, 2008 Mark rated it it was amazing
Chomsky is the man. Everyone should read his work.

Aug 03, 2015 Lightmyacid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book, to summarize it in a few words: "the US suxx"
Stanislavo Belov
Sep 21, 2013 Stanislavo Belov rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: esperanto
“Laŭvica kontraŭusonaĵo” ekpensis mi post vidi tiun libron en la kongresa librosalono. Mi loĝas en la lando, kie kritikado kaj akuzado de Usono pri io ajn iĝis neforigebla atributo de la socia kaj politika vivo, ĝisnaŭze stultega kaj trudiĝema. Tamen ĉi-kaze temis pri la libro verkita de la usonano mem. Do mi rememoris pri la postsoveta anekdoto: “Bedaŭrinde, kion oni diris al ni pri komunismo okazis esti mensogo. Sed eĉ pli bedaŭrindas, ke ĉio dirita al ni pri kapitalismo evidentiĝis vero”.

Jan 31, 2017 Aziz rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics
This is palatable Chomsky. Chomsky talking about American foreign policy and the impact of 9/11. While comfortably referencing political philosophers he details US imperial history and dissects US foreign policy in the Middle East. Although of course, the majority of this material is over a decade old and only tangentially related to current goings on, his discussions on propaganda and its divisive effect on the population is more important than ever.
sayed azam
Feb 10, 2014 sayed azam rated it really liked it
طموحات امبريالية

نعوم تشومسكي

التاريخ والذاكرة
كتب عالم الاجتماع الإيطالي أنطونيو غرامسكي في سنة 1925 'إن إحدى العقبات الرئيسية أمام التغيير هي أن القوى المهيمنة تعيد إنتاج أيدولوجية الهيمنة، ومن المهام الجليلة والملحة تطوير تفسيرات بديلة للواقع، ويذكر روبرت مكنمارا في الفيلم الوثائقي 'ضباب الحرب' اعترافا مثيرا للاهتمام، فهو يستشهد بقول الجنرال كورتي ليماي، وكان قد خدم معه في فترة قصف المدن اليابانية بالقنابل الحارقة في الحرب العالمية الثانية، 'لو خسرنا الحرب لكنا حوكمنا جميعا كمجرمي حرب' فما الذي
Jan 30, 2017 Ashish rated it it was amazing
Eye-opener about US policy over the decades. Reveals the ugly face of corporate domination of American foreign policy. These are highlighted with excellent examples.
Jan 02, 2015 Daniel rated it it was amazing
"You can start with small things. For example, I think it would be an improvement if the United States became as democratic as Brazil. That doesn't sound like a Utopian goal, does it? But just compare the two most recent elections here and in Brazil. In Brazil, where there are vibrant popular movements, people were able to elect a president, Lula, from their own ranks. Maybe they don't like everything Lula's doing, but he's an impressive figure, a former steelworker. I don't think he ever went t ...more
Dagan Toombs
Sep 03, 2015 Dagan Toombs rated it liked it
This is a collection of interviews that took place between Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian over the course of two years (2003-2005). Overall, it is a good introduction to Chomsky's views on a number of topics, including terrorism, democracy, propaganda, and the Cold War. Considering that this series of interviews was conducted around the beginning of the Iraq War, some of the material is slightly outdated but interesting to read nonetheless. Much of the content is repeated or can be found in ot ...more
Oct 01, 2008 Marshall rated it it was ok
I've always heard that Noam Chomsky is an anarchist, but I never quite understood this. Basically, he's a socialist that believes in true democracy, a government of, by, and for the people, not the rich elite. With that condition in place, he very much does want all the trimmings of big government: universal health care, lots of regulation, and a strong military. He just wants it to answer to the people, and he wants the rich to foot the bill for all of it.

It's kind of hard to see fault in some
Thiago S.
Dec 17, 2015 Thiago S. rated it really liked it
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Йордан Григоров
1948 - САЩ и ЦРУ подменят изборните резултати в Италия,за да може подкрепяната от тях Християндемократическа партия да спечели 1949 - САЩ провалят общата стачка във Франция (демократично нали) 1953 - САЩ свалят демократично избраният премиер на Иран Мохамед Мосадек и поставят шаха Мохамед Пахлави,като диктатор,за да може спокойно да грабят петрола на Иран 1954 - САЩ свалят демократично избраният президент на Гватемала Якобо Албенц и на власт идва военна хунта резултат от това са 200,000 цивилни ...more
Jamie MacDonald Jones
Chomsky - the poor man's Foucault...

This collection of interviews promised to be everything that I would enjoy - I broadly agree with Chomsky's leanings, his approach and his very valid criticisms of institutions and practices. This is the first I've ever read of his works other than seeing him debate on YouTube and I was excited to become more familiar with his arguments. The book was approachable and indeed doesn't come across as academic in any way - it's just an activist speaking his own opi
Aug 12, 2007 Paul rated it it was amazing
In this new set of interviews, America's foremost intellectual activist looks at new questions of US domestic and foreign policy.

In September 2002, the American government announced a new national security strategy. Instead of pre-emptive war, which might be covered by the UN Charter, the new strategy will be one of preventive war, which is not permitted at all under international law. In other words, America will rule the world by force, and if any challenge to that domination comes about, whet
Jun 19, 2016 Freddie rated it really liked it
Great book. Makes you question the things you may take for granted.

Some of my favorite quotes:

"We can do anything. But people here are trained to believe that there are easy answers, and it doesn't work that way. If you want to do something, you have to be dedicated and committed to it day after day. Educational programs, organizing, activism. That's the way things change. You want a magic key, so you can go back to watching television tomorrow? It doesn't exist. "

"When you have your boot on so
Leo Walsh
May 07, 2013 Leo Walsh rated it liked it
A solid outing from Chomsky. But these are transcripts of interviews by David Barsamian. Who has an annoying habit of lobbing Chomsky softballs, leading the MIT linguist to rehash the same old material. As usual, I like Chomsky. And this is the first post-911 Chomsky I've read in a while.

My favorite observation of Chomsky in this book is how he reacts in shock to our failed invasion of Iraq. Which had been weakened by decades of sanctions. And yet, the USA was unable to take the country over. S
Jan 11, 2010 Juju rated it really liked it
Reading Chomsky is always illuminating for me. While reading this collection of interviews from 2003 and 2004, I did find myself wishing I'd read this five years ago. Despite being written at the tail end of Bush Jr's first term, this information remains incredibly relevant because it is largely information that is either suppressed or buried by the mainstream media. The majority of the book deals with the US's illegal occupation of Iraq, and our foreign policy that dictates to the rest of the w ...more
Zachary Moore
This work gives a good overview of several aspects of American foreign policy and Chomsky's enlightened take on it. Sadly, with the typical inherent contradiction of the progressive left that the power elite uses the government to screw over the rest of us and that therefore the government should have more power. I always find it bizarre that a certain section of the left perceives (correctly) that the actions of the government are tyrnaicall power plays when executed on the international stage ...more
Sep 12, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pop-politics
Left-wing intellectual idol Noam Chomsky sits down with award-winning journalist David Barsamian for the sixth in their series of illuminating interview collections that touches on such topics as the occupation of Iraq, the doctrine of pre-emptive attack, and the threat to international peace posed by the U.S. drive for global domination.

Chomsky is as alert and mischievous as ever and digs deep into his encyclopedic knowledge of U.S. foreign policy to make shocking revelations (US-Turkish-Israel
Leif Barron
Apr 13, 2008 Leif Barron rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
These dialogues between David Barsamian and Noam Chomsky are an eternal pleasure to read as Barsamian is a skilled and informed questioner who understands the best ways to lead both the reader and Chomsky through a mixture of current events and Noam's interpretations of those events.
These little dialogue books are perhaps the very finest introductions for anyone interested in the thought of the most important intellectual of the twentieth century. This title, as well as its follow up, ("What W
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Chomsky is credited with the creation of the theory of generative grammar, considered to be one of the most significant contributions to the field of linguistics made in the 20th century. H
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