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Power And Terror

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In this, his first new book since the international bestseller 9-11, Noam Chomsky presents his latest thinking on terrorism and U.S. foreign policy, focusing on alternatives to the current course of armed provocation.

Noam Chomsky is the author of, among many other books, Profit over People, and the international anti-war bestseller 9-11, which has sold over 300,000 copies

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Jim Bennett
There are no readers indifferent to Noam Chomsky. At one point he and his wife agreed, if he continued as an activist and they had children, she'd better have a good job because he could be in jail. Later, he commented that, being part of the establishment he wasn't that vulnerable any more. (Chomsy has contributed new insight to language, especially its development in children.)
With that background, let me tell you what this book is: it's a series of questions and answers about the US and its
Aug 16, 2014 Farheen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Farheen by: Kai Kim
Shelves: human-wrongs
Chomsky's style as usual to the point and no sugar-coating. The book is laid out in a Q&A format although some of his longer answers are taken from his talks and presentations. There are three parts of the book with a fourth section on Recommended readings and about the film Power and Terror.

The third part has an excerpt of a talk he gave in 2002 to benefit the legal defense of a friend and Israeli Arab member of the Knesset, Azmi Bishara. It was delivered at Hunter College, NYC. Titled Vis
Ahmad Ardy
Seperti biasa, kritikan tajam Chomsky terhadap hegemoni kekuasaan yg menyebarluaskan budaya terrorism dlm dunia. Buku ini terdiri daripada soalan temubual, teks2 ceramah, dan diskusi post-forum beliau. Soalan di sini adalah direct. Isu keganasan di Amerika selatan (elsalvador, nicaragua, guatemala) antara yg menjadi highlight. Juga menarik adalah Chomsky menjawab kritikan intelektual lain kepadanya seperti: Chomsky oversimplify things dan terlalu essentialize Amerika sebagai empire of evil. Clas ...more
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"If you want to end terrorism, stop participating in it". That is the central message of Power and Terror, a set of talks and interviews given by Noam Chomsky following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

2700 civilians killed; a terrible crime, indefensible. This we can all agree on. 2700 - approximately the number of civilians killed by the US military in a typical week during the Viet Nam war. Or the number of Kurd civilians killed in a week by the Turkish government with the blessing
Karlo Mikhail
Chomsky still chocks up the now typical indignation against the 9-11 terror attacks, the social injustices that had a hand in fueling the attacks, and the U.S. state's own terrorist response as exemplified by the U.S. "War on Terror." Chomsky also unveiled the myriad ways in which the corporate media supported the U.S. war of aggression against Afghanistan by propagating baseless details that justify the American imperialist project.

However, I cannot help but frown at some of the outlandish noti
Spolu s posledními částmi Stoneových Neznámých dějin Spojených států skvělé shrnutí skutečných teroristických činů konce století. Je zajímavé číst tyhle přednášky s odstupem, srovnávat predikce a nedávné posunutí hodin zkázy nasvědčuje, že lidé jsou ve většině nepoučitelní (nebo takto - zlepšování je minimální). U této publikace zamrzí odfláknutý překlad s častými repeticemi slov i vynechávkami různých spojových výrazů.
A typical Chomsky book that compares non-state terrorism (Al Qaida) with state terrorism (coups in Guatamala, war in Vietnam). Although Chomsky always seems to be generally caring about the suffering of all peoples his refusal, more than 21 years after the Islamic revolution in Iran, to acknowledge the repression, torture, murder, unlawful trials, unjust imprisonment and rape in Iran under the ayatollah and the mullahs shows he picks his dictatorships as he pleases. I guess one peoples suffering ...more
Randy Pradhana
American Dream you said? Idiotic, Selfish, Greedy, Evil Government i said!. Well please send this love letter for Mr. Obama bin Laden.
I learned from reading this book that there are more atrocities that have been committed by the government/policy makers and executors of the United States of America than I realized before. Haiti, El Salvador, Guatemala, Cuba, Argentina, Germany, Japan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Grenada, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq... I don't believe every word I read in a book just because it's a book, but I know from other sources facts about U.S. atrocities. It still surprises me to learn new bits.
A must for those wishing to familiarize themselves with Chomsky, though die-hards will probably find this work too breezy and light. Contains interview and speech excerpts from the socio-linguist cum political activist, especially as they pertain to the role rhetoric, language, and definition play in igniting terrorism/counter-terorism, and their collateral fires. Pieces are aptly selected, and, on the whole, the collection well-edited.
"Poder e Terror" da Editorial Inquérito (2003)
Ismael Galvan
I read Chomsky's "9-11" and found it very informative so it was only natural that I'd pick up the follow up. You don't have to read them in any particular order but I do see them as a set. It's interesting how people label Chomsky a radical when he follows every rule of making a rational argument. If you're concerned about the War on Terror and need some clarification, then you'll want to read this.
Raghav Bansal
Splendid work by Noam Chomsky:
9-11 incidence has revealed the real face of US and its atrocities over the rest of the world.According to Chomsky,THE US practice terrorism under the name of war against terrorism.And what is terrorist attack and who is terrorist depends upon who and where it took place.
If you want to you the real face of global terrorism must go for it
C. Scott
Chomsky has an amazing ability to see the big picture. Compared to others, the big picture he sees is like a remastered 72mm technicolor print of Lawrence of Arabia at a theater... and everybody else is midnight movies on a 12 inch black and white TV with no rabbit ears.
Very enlightening and thought provoking, but not very even handed and left me wondering a bit at how much of Chomsky's statements should be taken at face value. For what it was though ( a short compilation of interviews and speeches ) I found it worth reading.
Alessandro Pellizzari
Poco da dire. Cambiano gli scenari e la situazione internazionale, ma non i comportamenti dei governi.
In questo libro Chomsky analizza cosa sia il terrorismo, e come lo si puó fermare (smettendo di commetterlo)
He goes on a bit here. I would have preferred a written analysis of the problem rather than interview excerpts. Mr. Chomsky discusses the roots of terror but fails to propose a solution.
Aug 23, 2007 Joshua rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chomsky fans
post 9-11 chomsky is interesting. we live in a different world today, a state of fear for sure. if you like chomsky and current events then this is a good read.
CHomsky is amazing, even if he is rather radical. He does found his arguments on convincing fact. I recommend it to many who are strong republicans and love Glenn Beck!
Chomsky's like the bible for Catholics, everyone's heard of him, but barely anyone has really ever read him, including me.
An interesting read for a non-political person like me who is not that familiar with political books.
The world may have lost the late Edward Said but there's Chomsky to tell it how it should be.
Nils Franco
Would recommend if you are or someone you know is American. Chomsky covers it all.
Old interviews and talks, circa 2002. Worth it for $3.
Jan 21, 2009 Freakball is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
were gonna free the fuck outta your country
Not bad, the man knows his stuff.
9-11 by Noam Chomsky (2001)
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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
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