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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Timely, urgent, and powerfully elucidating, this important volume of previously unpublished interviews conducted by award-winning radio journalist David Barsamian features Noam Chomsky discussing America’s policies in a
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 5th 2005 by Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt & Co. (NY) (first published January 1st 2005)
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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
Tam Nguyen
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.
Tariq Alferis

"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.
Chris Yogi
yeah, ok, I should probably get off my ass and do something
Amr Moneib
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 i found it in a bookstore selling it for 1/4 of the price as an outdated book.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
Erik Graff
Jun 01, 2010 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
This book provides food for thought. It shares areas you may want to explore and given an opportunity discuss with well versed friends.
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
Steve Cooper
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
sayed azam
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
Dagan Toombs
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
"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
I wasn't sure If I would finish the book but I ended up reading it two times,he knows history well which acts like a glue among his reasoning,clarifying the problem until he reaches it absurdities.The selfishness of The government and shadows of capitalism on totalitarian roots of politics and general economy actions are his main focus,while I heard people saying "how does it matter what does he do? his only one person and..." that's when I noticed his great work- in his words which I enjoyed ve ...more
Chomsky is the man. Everyone should read his work.

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
Mohamed Elserry
الكتاب عبارة عن لقاءات منفصلة و مجمعة علي مدار الاعوام2003-2004-2005
يجيب فيها تشومسكي ...الكتاب بدايته قوية جدا لدرجة تجعل الجزء الاخير منه أقل ثراء رغم أنه جيد أيضا.كالعادة يبدع تشومسكي فالمعلومات التي تبدو عشوائية ومبعثرة يجعلها تشومسكي في صورة واحدة متكاملة و تصبح في غاية الوضوح ..يستمر في انتقاد السياسة الامريكية التي تعتمد علي القوة و بالقوة فالولايات المتحدة فوق القانون حتي و ان اقترفت ما عدته ارهابا او خرقا للقوانين قبل ذلك من قبل الاخرين فالجرائم بالنسبة لها ما يفعله الاعداء اما هي فخار
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
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
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
Leo Walsh
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
Stanislavo Belov
“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”.

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
Suhaib Aamir
Its a lovely book where in the interviews Noam Chomsky has given some insight into his childhood life as well. The point of appreciation was when he recalls his school days and reflects on his creativity because there was no concept of competition among the students. Each student was special in his or her own way. Chomsky claims to have damaged his creativity when he got into high-school where everything was about competition and grades.
Leif Barron
Apr 13, 2008 Leif Barron rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Kelsey Ochs
I haven't read nonfiction for ages. Chomsky is among my favorite political thinkers, mostly because I feel like he comes right out and says the things that other commentators huff and puff and beat around the bush at.

That being said, I felt his comments (the book is in interview format, Q and A) in this particular book were fairly obvious, and lacking the level of insight that usual impresses me. He brings a few solid points to the table, and makes some strong statements and assertions about th
"There is an enormous amount of human suffering and misery which can be alleviated and overcome. There is oppression that shouldn't exist. There is a struggle for freedom all the time. There are very serious dangers... I can't see how anybody can fail to have an interest in trying to help people become more engaged in thinking about these problems and doing something about them."
I have a handful of thinkers that influence my perspective. Primarily Toni Morrison, Patricia Williams, bell hooks, Gina Dent, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcom X, Tookie Williams, Mumia Adbul-Jamal, and most importantly Cedric Robinson. However, for the last 2 years I have clung tightly to Noam Chomsky.

Chomsky continues to investigate "Rollbacks" of the social contract that the Untited States claims within its boarders of democracy, freedom, and liberty. By simple observations from the media on d
Noam Chomsky is the first outspoken US critic opinion that I have read. There have been questions and debates on foreign policy and designs of US, which I have heard earlier. Not many in the Indian press, but an increasing amount over the last decade or so. There has however always been a bias about what it means for India.
But, Chomsky's opinions are well researched,grounded in terms of their validity, more detailed and holistic than anything I ever came across. Interview questions also touch up
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