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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Timely, urgent, and powerfully elucidating, this important volume of previously unpublished interviews conducted by award-winning radio journalist David Barsamian features Noam Chomsky discussing America’s policies in an
ebook, 240 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Metropolitan Books (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
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 i found it in a bookstore selling it for 1/4 of the price as an outdated book.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
Chris Yogi
yeah, ok, I should probably get off my ass and do something
Erik Graff
Jun 01, 2010 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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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
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
Leif Barron
Apr 13, 2008 Leif Barron rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Rodney Ulyate
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Very interesting. It is nice to know that I'm not the only one that holds some of these views.
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
Sean Finn
Amazing, Chomsky is able not only to find and decode information.
Chomsky stunning in his accuracy, creates patterns in institutions that explain the behaviour of organisations like government that have shaped history and, inevitably, have influenced individual human behaviour.
His analysis of the hierarchical structure of Corporations, Governments and Media show an inextricable link to the incentive to frighten the people of the United States into a sense of nationalism born of fear and consolida
Yonis Gure
Chomsky floors all the bush apologists and iraq-war hawks in this book. He leaves no prisoners.
David Gross
Chomsky is an encyclopedia of the rotten things the U.S. government has done and is doing, and of how the ruling class uses propaganda to enforce cooperation. He preaches mostly to the choir, but with such a relentless litany of detailed stories of ruthless evil that he tends to raise the level of fury and radicalism wherever he speaks. Bully for that. But I don’t find him particularly credible or even interesting. Maybe it’s because I’m already convinced that the government is terrible.
Reading this almost ten years after the beginning of Bush's War on Terror and invasion of Iraq, I feel a deeply harrowing nostalgia. Chomsky avoids the academic pitfalls of obfuscation, presenting contemplative and concise analyses of the crises. I can well imagine directing my kids and grandkids to this as an example of the frustration, cynicism, desperation, and activism, that made up the leftist zeitgeist of the early 21st century.
Very accessible, straightforward interviews with Noam Chomsky between March 003 and February 2005 conducted by David Barsamian.

Even several years later, these interviews are quite timely and in some cases what Chomsky predicts as come to pass.

He is quite good at defining how the American populace is controlled by mass media, and how the United States is a "failed state" with formal democratic institutions that barely function.
Travis Kirk
Loved it! Freaking mind blowing how smart this dude is. This book is a collection of interviews with Chomsky that span the last eight years or so. The interviewer (forgot his name) has been picking Chomsky's brain for 20 years now. / What I learned: more of the same: don't trust people in power (especially americans) yet deeper: Chomsky has a steel trap and recounts tragedy after tragedy of imperialism.
Katherine Haker
i have read this book around 20 times and it shows. the pages are all bent up and the cover is all twisted and messed. and i have read it so many times because every time i do, I LEARN. it's like what? LEARNING? awesome. it is dated but still equally interesting. it makes me feel smart. not like "the jungle is one of my favorite books" pretend smart.
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