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Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  11,458 ratings  ·  399 reviews
An immediate national bestseller, Hegemony or Survival demonstrates how, for more than half a century the United States has been pursuing a grand imperial strategy with the aim of staking out the globe. Our leaders have shown themselves willing-as in the Cuban missile crisis-to follow the dream of dominance no matter how high the risks. World-renowned intellectual Noam Cho ...more
Paperback, 301 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Owl Books (NY) (first published January 1st 2003)
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Feb 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics, philosophy
I am positively drawn to the words of Chomsky for the following reasons: he is unflinchingly honest, he writes with a dispassionate demeaner that appears to be completely disinterested, he is never episodic, and the implications of what he writes are startling and desperately important.
Chomsky writes very matter-of-factly, using occasional sarcasm, but never retreating to overblown rhetoric. His quote-heavy prose is straightforward and undeniable. This man is an encyclopedia of historical knowle
Jan 05, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A quick read, and has a tone exactly like watching Chomsky speak. The assertions which seem to him incontestable, the thick and layered cynicism, the stoic application of morals no matter the context or scale. The title refers to Chomsky's belief that the world has two options: American global hegemony, or the survival of the human race. If the human race is to survive, America must cease it's quest, almost completed, for global dominance. However, he does not develop the reasons for this to be ...more
Brook Miscoski
Aug 03, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people who want an intro or surface level viewpoint on US dominance issues
I think that the issue of hegemony vs valid self interest is a complex issue, and depending on your political biases, Chomsky may be a good place to start. Hegemony or Survival, like most of Chomsky's books on foriegn policy issues, gives a good window into what he has written on those issues. As a mildly idealistic pragmatist, I appreciate the critique of hegemony but did not feel that the analysis and factual assertions were adeaquate to enhance my understanding. I felt let down by a writer wh ...more
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

An incredibly interesting initial argument that gets so battered over the head and dissected utilizing the same damn historical case studies over and over that I could barely finish this book. Chomsky's logic is absolutely sound and the history backs him up. But this book would read infinitely better as a conference paper or as ONE chapter versus the rambling, jumpy, and sometimes amateur analysis it offers instead. Chomsky also seems to suffer here from a real bad case of organization; section
My focus for re-reading this Bush-era (junior, the painter) critique of American’s foreign policy is to assess its accessibility. However, a side-tracked foray into reading some negative reviews turned into a useful exercise:

The Criticisms:
--Let’s review the common negative reactions:

1) “Cynical”, “alienating”, “radical”:
--The curious activist’s dilemma between being accessible (to build mass movements), and being principled… Chomsky dives in without complex verbiage, but also does not do much h
Jun 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics
What to conclude about U.S. foreign policy from Chomsky's fierce, eye-opening critique?

Simply put, the policy is to dominate and control the world politically and economically by wielding an unmatched and ever-expanding military power to crush whomever it deems a threat whenever it wants.

Hence, the title: "hegemony" refers to the current trajectory of U.S. foreign policy (accelerated by Bush II primarily by way of his doctrine of preemptive war in the aftermath of 9/11) while "survival" refers t
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
من اكتر الكتب اللى اصبابتنى اكتئابا عن مهازل أمريكا ازاى دخلت العراق و عن ما تسعى اليه بما يدعى الحرب الوقائية و هى ف الاصل لحرب الاستباقية عن مهازلها ف صربيا
حقا هيمنة ملعونة
اعجبنى وصفه بما فعله فيدل كاسترو و اصحابه بأنهم هزوا كيان الولايات المتحدة
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Any caring non-Americans knew what USA did and is doing. Noam Chomsky just managed to write it down into one neat book.
Zach Irvin
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Chomsky is ruthless in this book. He extensively quotes elected officials, academics and news pundits to expose the jingoistic neoliberal agenda America has pursued for decades. Most shocking to me is the candor used by officials when talking about the brutal and exploitative methods America uses to establish power around the world. From the support of murderous dictators to the outright disposal of democratically elected officials that do not support American business interests. Chomsky reveals ...more
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that's gonna leave me in a vaguely angry mood for the next month. Jesus.
Omar  Abusada
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
.هذا الكتاب مهم جداً لكل من يؤمن بنظرية المؤامرة، ويعتنق فكرة معاداة الإمبريالية الأمريكية.. لكن مهلاً فهذا العمل أعقد وأهم وأخطر من ذلك بكثير

المؤلف أشهر من أن يُعرّف، وهو المثقف البارز وعالم الألسنيات الشهير نعوم تشومسكي، أحد أهم وأشهر الشخصيات المعاصرة. وقد أصدر كتابه هذا في عام .2003 بُعيد الغزو الأمريكي للعراق، وهذا الغزو بما حدث قُبيله وأثنائه، كان المدخل الرئيس للكتاب، والفكرة المركزية التي تدور عليها أطروحته

يبدأ الكتاب بعرض دراسة علمية تتنبأ بفناء الجنس البشري بعد بضع آلآف من السنين، ويُ
Jan 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, politics
With crystal clear prose and thoroughly researched (and copiously footnoted) detail, Noam Chomsky reveals the current Iraq war to be just the most recent in a line of ultra-right nationalist aggression by both of the dominant political parties of America as they force (often successfully) an elitist American agenda to the forefront of world politics. Chomsky logically connects the current situation with past American terrorism waged against Nicaragua, Cuba, etc. The man is without question one o ...more
Jean Tessier
Diatribe against American imperial policies.

Early on, Chomsky warns his reader not to confuse state power with a country and its people. One can be critical of state policy while praising the country and its culture. Interestingly enough, one reviewer on has fallen into that trap and assumes that since Chomsky is critical of the current administration, he must hate America too.

Chomsky documents how the Monroe Doctrine has shaped American policy, both foreign and domestic for the past
Scott Lupo
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
My first Noam Chomsky book although I have read articles and excerpts from him. This is a great book that details U.S. foreign relations policies up to 2004. Subject matter wise he is THE expert. Not only has he done his homework through diligent research he also puts these complex, multi-layered, and nuanced problems into the light. If you live in a world where you think the U.S. is perfect and altruistic in its dealings with the rest of the world you may not want to read this book as it will p ...more
-Mucho ejemplo real, pero mezclando la necesidad con la opción.-

Género. Ensayo.

Lo que nos cuenta. El libro Hegemonía o supervivencia (publicación original: Hegemony or Survival. America's Quest for Global Dominance, 2003), con el subtítulo El dominio mundial de EEUU, es un repaso a la estrategia imperialista de los Estados Unidos de América que, mediante acciones agresivas desde lo político y lo militar, buscaba primero la primacía mundial y ahora, tal vez, enlentecer el declive de su poderío q
Ericka Clouther
This is a long refutation of the concept that it is helpful to security or morally right to maintain American hegemony. It is also, to a lesser extent, a refutation of that democratic peace theory (the theory that democratic countries go to war with each other less) somehow contributes to increased world peace.

The book is a scathing indictment of American foreign policy which is equal parts nightmarishly frightening (talks about American "terrorist actions") and somehow also totally boring. I t
Amanda L
Chomsky, use your words. To be fair, I wasn't actually able to finish it (yet) but do intend to as it is a thesis demanding attention; however, I did get far enough to shake my judgmental fist. How can entire paragraphs--- let alone pages-- of text be comprised entirely of a string of isolated quotes by other sources with no context? It was like compilation essay(s) by an inexperienced schmuck of an undergrad lacking any semblance of an original thought in his head or influence--- not a renowned ...more
Mohammad Ali
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ميزة الكتاب في هاد الوقت المتاخر
إنو بيجمع كتير من الافكار المتناثرة بمكان واحد
بنصح فيه
المترجم عقد عملية القراءة بلا طعمة أحيانا، ندمت ما قريته بالانكليزي.
ولكن بيضل كتاب 5 نجوم
ياسمين خليفة
رغم اهمية وخطورة موضوع هذا الكتاب وهو سعي الادارة الامريكية للسيطرة على العالم وما فعلته أمريكا في دول امريكا الجنوبية والوسطى وفي العراق ودول الشرق الاوسط من مجازر وجرائم ومؤمرات
لكن الكتاب صعب في القراءة اولا بسبب تكرار المعلومات في عدة فصول وثانيا بسبب عدم قدرة الكاتب على التركيز في حديثه على نقطة او موضوع معين وتشعبه في الحديث بين أكثر من دولة واكثر من منطقة
مما جعلني اتوقف عن القراءة بعد 200 صفحة خصوصا ان اغلب المعلومات الورادة في الكتاب قرأتها من قبل في كتب أخرى
Sep 25, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
Few contemporary intellectuals divide opinion quite like Chomsky. To his defenders, he sets out an irrefutable case that US history is dominated by an underlying imperialistic aim that is self-serving, hypocritical and essentially malign. To his detractors, his argument often boils down to "US capitalism is responsible for the world's problems, violent resistance to its proliferation is inevitable, therefore that too is the fault of capitalism."

In truth, I've yet to be wholly convinced by Choms
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, politics
In case you're not familiar, this is the book that Hugo Chavez cited at the UN, the day he was railing against the US and calling Dubya the devil and whatever else. A group here in town was doing kind of an impromptu book-group reading of it, so I thought I'd join in. I knew that few of them had read Chomsky before, and being liberals I wondered what they'd think. Personally, I'm a little ways left of liberal, but I'm not the world's biggest Chomsky fan. Before this one I had read some short stu ...more
Sep 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics
"Not to have read him is to genuinely court ignorance" -Nation

This quote, on the back cover, just about sums it up. With each passing page you become more aware that you know next to nothing about events in the world today, and more specifically how much the US is involved. In fact, it is unlikely that you will initially believe how many pies the US has its fingers in. The portrayal of events feels extremely conspiratorialist, but the evidence is all expounded upon at great length.

The book assum
Greg Talbot
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Chomsky, long recognized as a leading far-left writer and thinker, has something of a defining book in “Hegemony or Surivival”. In some ways, his reflective work on the U.S.'s involvement in global affairs is more important and instructive in 2013, than when the book was published in 2003. Not only does Chomsky give a frightening but comprehensive view of where we are as a country, he details the dark dirty wars that are still largely unknown to the US public. Whether the killing of six Jesuit S ...more
Nov 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Talks all about the first war on terror in the 80's, and the destruction it caused, the failed attempts by the opressed to get america out of their country and to stop killing everyone, America's stranglehold on the UN. He spells out how America is so full of shit by the application of double standards, both philosophically and in the UN, where the rules don't apply to it. It's a pretty sad state of affairs really, when a person or entity is so full of shit as to pronounce vigorously one thing a ...more
Erik Graff
Jul 21, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chomsky fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Another Chomsky screed, this being an overview of the history of modern American foreign policy in light of its contemporary occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq in the ostensive cause of fighting "terrorism." Chomsky demonstrates again and again and again that the real, the maximum terrorist is the United States of America.

I believe I bought this book at the Evanston Library booksale and lost it by leaving it in the washroom at work. I hope the finder reads the thing.
Jul 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Read this book, or live in America at your own peril. To paraphrase one reviewer, to not read Chomsky is to court ignorance.
Parth Agrawal
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I picked up this book, I wondered how could a choice as ridiculous as the title of the book can be presented to mankind. I mean its clear right? What would you prefer: Hegemony or Survival? I guess the people here would agree with me that the right answer to this question is: Hegemony-> As long as we are alive and there is no imminent threat to our survival
Survival-> As soon as we realize that there's an imminent threat to our survival

Well there's one or two flaws with this approach
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics, history
An absolutely eye opening of US policies that is a must-read if you're seeking to make sense of what is happening and why.

The book never fails to expose the US government's quest for global domination. Chomsky discusses how US foreign policy has been designed to mostly serve elite economic interests since the end of WW II. and how US support for dictators who have brutally repressed their citizens and organized labor.

Also as military technology has become more lethal, Chomsky believes that huma
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
You cannot easily disregard the conclusions drawn from this book. There is no such thing as a responsible superpower, irrespective of the ideology. While the British empire was more conspicuous and unshackled by the need to be politically correct, USA has engaged in doublespeak while carrying out its noble agenda of spreading freedom and democracy across the world, while also securing its “strategic interests”.

Those memes of oil, democracy and American obsession make you laugh. You just didn’t k
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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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