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On Power and Ideology: The Managua Lectures

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One of Chomsky's most accessible books, this succinct series of lectures lays out the parameters of his foreign policy analysis.
Hardcover, 140 pages
Published July 1st 1999 by South End Press (first published July 1st 1987)
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Tim
Mar 03, 2013 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book contains the transcripts of 5 lectures given at the Universidad Centroamerica (UCA) in Managua, Nicaragua in early 1986. The lectures outline Chomsky's views on U.S. foreign policy with a specific focus on Latin America and the then-ongoing contra war that the U.S. was waging against the Sandinista government.

In Chomsky's view, U.S. foreign policy is guided by the need to secure U.S. interests (primarily corporate business interests) rather than by the ideals of human rights and democr
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Ollie
Aug 24, 2016 Ollie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been fascinated with the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua ever since learning about it from the Clash and reading Stephen Kinzer's book Blood of Brothers. Can I admit that I really enjoyed the book and saw the Sandinista revolution with mixed feelings? Sure I can. Then, I happened to Google the author and Noam Chomsky (because I couldn't calm the doubting beast) and found out that Chomsky has been very critical of Kinzer's reporting, saying "[The polls] show that all of the opposition p ...more
Dale
Nov 22, 2008 Dale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
This book is a series of 5 lectures given by Chomsky in Managua, Nicaragua in 1987, just after the height of the contra atrocities sponsored by the US government. In these lectures Chomsky examines the foundations of US foreign policy, primarily focusing on the small-scale terrorist wars that the US has sponsored in the third-world. He also devotes one lecture to the large-scale interaction with the other superpower of the time, the Soviet Union.

In this book, as in many others, Chomsky deconstru
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Eric Gulliver
Jun 06, 2009 Eric Gulliver rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most concise collection of lectures outlining conclusions Chomsky has arrived at concerning the US role in the world. This volume is more towards the broad principled discussion rather than the exacted, precise argumentative structure that defines his other books. This is the best book for people just starting to read Noam Chomsky.
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Jun 11, 2007 -uht! rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book helped me to understand what U.S. foreign policy truly is. Our leaders would have us think the world is upset with us for any number of silly reasons, but this book elucidates the 5th freedom and what we are actually DOING in the rest of the world. I wish it were required reading.
Zainab
Jan 18, 2016 Zainab rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The costs are social costs while the benefits are private benefits
Miquixote
Aug 07, 2016 Miquixote rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Chomsky's easy explanation of power and the ideology that necessarily accompanies it. A more accurate title would be how the US uses the state, the military, the economy, and ideology to maintain their power. One of his most succinct works.
Hudi
Buku ini menjelaskan bagaimana hubungan antara bahasa dan kekuasaan. Buku merupakan rekaman dari lecture yang diberikan oleh Chomsky di Universitas-universitas di Amerika Selatan (Latin).
Amal
يجب ان يُقرأ هذا الكتاب لنفهم المحرك الاساسي لسياسات امريكا
بما اننا قررنا بناء مصر بأيدينا
Matteo
Nov 18, 2007 Matteo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Clear, concise. eye-opening.
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Avram Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, political activist, author, and lecturer. He is an Institute Professor and professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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