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Interventions

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  438 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Featuring 30 timely, accessible and urgent essays, Noam Chomsky examines the burning issues of the post-9/11 world, covering topics such as the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the Bush presidency and the Israeli invasion of Lebanon.
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published 2007 by City Lights Books
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sean
Aug 21, 2007 sean rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the french
HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!
Michael Soskil
Oct 27, 2008 Michael Soskil rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Recent US history fans, Dems, Right wingers wanting to understand the opposing point of view
This collection of essays by Chomsky gives evidence that the motives of the Bush administration in regard to foreign policy matters were less then scrupulous and motivated by a desire for United States military domination of the world. While the views given are not at all objective (Chomsky's views couldn't be any more to the left), he does make good points about the failings of our current political system, the ease with which the President can gain popular support for international policy by l...more
عاطف عثمان
تشومسكي إنسان جدير بالاحترام، مشغول بالهم الإنساني العام، قسم الله له حظا من النزاهة يحسد عليها.

الكتاب مقالات (قرابة 50 مقالة) تدور نسبة كبيرة منها حول غزو العراق والباقي متعلق بفلسطين واسرائيل. قد يُعرض البعض عن قراءة الكتاب الآن اعتقادًا بأن هذه المقالات - المكتوبة منذ 2002 حتى 2007 - فقدت قيمتها بمرور الوقت وتغير الإدارة الأمريكية، لكن الواقع أن قراءة السياسة الخارجية الأمريكية (منذ ما بعد الحرب) غير مرهون بتغير الإدارات على ما أرى.
Simon Wood
FUN SIZE CHOMSKY

"Interventions" is an accessible and readable collection of op-ed articles Chomsky wrote between November 2002 and February 2008. Focussed, as ever, on the foreign policy of the United States they cover a wide range of countries and issues, from Nuclear Proliferation, Iran, Somalia, Palestine. Unsurprisingly the main focus of the articles is Iraq.

The articles are 1000 words roughly and were available for publication though apparently the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston G...more
Dale
Interventions is a set of editorials written by Noam Chomsky for the New York Times syndication service. The editorials were not actually published in the Times, of course, nor were they published in US newspapers, with rare exceptions. They were, however, picked up by the international press. This is unsurprising: Chomsky talks about a reality that the US corporate media strives very hard to ignore or misrepresent. He has been consistently right about the reasons and results of the war in Iraq,...more
Eric Gulliver
This is a collection of around forty-five 1000 word essays that are part of Chomsky's New York Times Syndicate writings. As always, the essays are usually printed outside of the United States, but rarely featured domestically. It is a quick read, and despite the fact that Chomsky does well in synthesizing information, these essays do not lend themsevles to comprehensive analysis or detailed footnotes (that which Chomsky is know for). However, these essays are extremely timely (with the most rece...more
Domagoj Čavrak
Anyone who is not familiar with US foreign policy, which the White House describes as the war against terrorism and threats that endanger their freedom, should most definitely consider Chomsky as a viable read. A read and a reread at that.
"...foreign and domestic."
Yes, most definitely one of the two.

It is easy to fall pray to the misinformation spat out by the media, spun by the various spin doctors and cohorts of the omnipresent and ever-powerful people that draw the lines behind your backs. N...more
Nathan
Collection of Chomsky Op-Eds. Probably better to pick up one of his more substantial books or even listen to an interview, but this is readable enough.
Rakesh
Very insightful. Author prattles on slightly too much about Iraq. I do however believe it to be a good overview of a variety of issues. Essays are short and largely to the point. There are also a good deal of references. From this collection of essays, interested readers can then move onto others of his works which delve further into the topics covered here.

3.75 stars: Lost points on excessive focus on Iraq, but I admire what he is trying to do in all.
Eric Piotrowski
How odd to get Chomsky in bite-sized chunks. These were written for the NYT Syndicate (though none have been printed in the NYT), so they're all 2-3 pages. He clearly has a bit of trouble making it concise enough, and the desert-dry sarcasm that I love so much doesn't show up much. But it's still packed with important info and perspective, so it's certainly worth a read. Finally -- a Chomsky book you can keep in the bathroom!
Doug
Nothing earth-shaking if you are familiar with Chomsky's other work. Lots of insights into events of the time period covered by these essays, again typical of Chomsky. Very worthwhile reading if you want to have a broader view of world events than what is portrayed in the US news. I've read a few of his other books, which I also highly recommend. Manufacturing Consent, Hegemony or Survival, Profit vs. People.
Jason
Jun 10, 2012 Jason rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Left-siders
I heard this guy's name bandied about in nearly all areas of global policy, war, human rights, etc. so I figured I'd give him a chance. A little too liberal for my tastes, but decently written. I don't know that I will be trying to digest him in such a large dose again.
robert
This is a collection of brillant and concise (easy to read!) Op-Eds written by Prof. Chomsky during Bush 2 for the New York Times syndicate (none of which the NYT paper accepted for their own Op Ed section for publication). Way recommended!
Daniel
Chomsky as usual is on point, but I want to hope that with the Neocon administration out of power that many of his arguments in this book are obsolete or perfectly applicable to the next administration. But I'm probably wrong.
Kyoungjin Lim
Chomsky's editorials on "inconvient truth" to New York Times syndcate. Too inconvients and too truthful to be printed on any Americal maintream newspaper. (None of them was appreared on the NYT)
James
Chomsky at his most accessible in a series of short essays published in various newspapers in the USA. Excellent toilet reading, really gets the bowels moving :-)
Nicole
Aug 10, 2009 Nicole marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I have read a bit of this book - I tend to pick it up and put it down. I think I bought it because Noam has such a cute face and I like his name.
Robb
Ah Chom...

Telling it like it is, sadly to almost nobody.

Fight on, warrior. Fight on.
Mahomed Latiff
Insightful and it provides perspectives on issues not before exposed to the light of day.
Ambar Yadav
To Ronald Reagan and Beyond! A scathing attack on American Exceptionalism
Zuzu Burford
Reading these essays you realise what a great intellectual Noam was.
Charles Weinberg
easily digested essays. will use for the pacifist club at h.s.
Michal Wigal
Classic Chomsky, a bit too Israel-Palestine oriented
Travis Lenting
Read it twice - chock-full of notes!
Zrinka
Interesting, brief and to the point.
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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.

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...more
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