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In 9-11, Noam Chomsky comments on the September 11th attacks, the new war on terrorism, Osama bin Laden, U.S. involvement with Afghanistan, media control, and the long-term implications of America's military attacks abroad. Informed by his deep understanding of the gravity of these issues and the global stakes, 9-11 demonstrates Chomsky's impeccable knowledge of U.S. forei ...more
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Published December 4th 2001 by Seven Stories Press (first published November 2001)
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Roy Lotz
Sep 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
For a book that is admittedly kind of a rush job (it consists of a series of interviews done within a few weeks of the attacks, at a time when we were still uncertain whether Bin Laden was responsible), it has held up pretty well. If you are familiar with Chomsky’s critiques of American foreign policy, there will not be very much new here. This book is, rather, an attempt to popularize his basic views; and this means contextualizing the terrorist attack of 9/11 within the history of America’s ow ...more
Jul 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
I'm impressed that Chomsky, in the immediate wake of 9/11, recognized the many counter-currents in society that advocated a more nuanced approach to dealing with the Taliban in order to fight Al-Qaeda. More importantly, he immediately distinguished between the peaceful nature of the vast majority of Islam and the nature of the terrorists who attacked us in its name.
I once had the privilege of listening to Alan Story speak about non-violence. Alan, a South African minister, was conscripted into t
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
9-11 is a collection of essays by and interviews with Noam Chomsky first published in November 2001 in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

In these essays, Chomsky places the September 11 attacks in context and traces the history of American intervention in the Middle East and throughout Latin America as well as in Indonesia, Afghanistan, India and Pakistan – at the same time warning against America's increasing reliance on military rhetoric and violence in its r
Lou (nonfiction fiend)
Jul 04, 2020 marked it as to-read
A reality check for all those who are dangerously myopic and the epitome of the adage ”it takes one to know one.”
Mike Cognato
Ugh. Mad rantings with footnotes (which usually refer back to nothing more than prior Chomsky rantings). The only service Chomsky's political writing has ever provided is to make it easier to recognize uninformed or easily misled twits by allowing them to self-identify whenever they cite him in an argument. He puts the worst possible gloss on any action by the U.S. ever and the best possible spin on assorted tyrants and terrorists in a tedious and predictable way and willfully ignores any inform ...more
Paul Haspel
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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The 9/11 attacks should have been treated and responded to as a crime, not an act of war, according to Noam Chomsky; and as far as he is concerned, if the American government wants to identify a perpetrator of terrorism, it should look in the mirror. Chomsky’s book 9-11 proceeds consistently and unapologetically in that vein; many American readers will find it contrarian, and some will no doubt hate it.

Chomsky’s 9-11 consists of thirteen interviews that Chomsky granted to journalists from a vari
Faris Alsaleh
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This really is a gem of a book. A series of interviews post 9-11. Chomsky is eeriely prophetic with his analysis regarding the events pertaining to 9-11 and its implications. Easily the best book discussing the matter and it's even more mind blowing that these interviews were said more than a decade ago. ...more
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Read No Room For Further Burials. Be depressed and bored and confused at the same time. Then read this Chomsky. You will understand what the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq look like from the perspective of the powerless, impoverished people who make up the vast majority of those nations.
W. Littlejohn
Dec 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to W. by: Anyone who thinks the US was an innocent victim of 9/11
Shelves: scary-stuff
This book does an excellent and concise job of exploding the myth that the US was an innocent victim in 9/11, and that its response (the "War on Terror") was righteous and necessary, and it does so without resorting to so-called "conspiracy theories." Now, personally, I think that those "conspiracy theories" are a crucial part of the damning case against the US, but many people aren't willing to go there just now, and this book is the book for them.

Chomsky reveals that, far from being "anti-ter
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Noam Chomsky often sounds like a voice in the wilderness, especially in the weeks precisely following 9-11, so we should be grateful for an early voice of comparative reason.

Nonetheless, Dr. Chomsky comes across as alternatively over and under-prepared, not that anyone really could have been prepared for 9-11 and its aftermath.

My problem is, whether he is answering interviewer questions immediately following the event, or writing a summary article 8 months later, his answers are delivered like a
Jerry Smith
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Written shortly after the attacks themselves, it is interesting to review Chomsky's thoughts with the advantage of more than a decade's hindsight. He has been proven to be both far sighted and perceptive. Pretty much every aspect of his predictions have come to fruition. The work addresses what the optimal response to these horrendous attacks should be, and what it was likely to be. It is sad indeed that he was proven to be correct.

It could be argued that to fail to provide a robust response to
Matt  Dorsey
Nov 07, 2007 rated it liked it
Compilation of heavily edited transcripts from interviews with Chomsky in the weeks following 9/11. By it's very nature, much of it is redundant, making for an occasionally tedious read. Chomsky takes a primarily historical perspective in his discussion of global affairs and U.S. foreign policy, which isn't always useful, but is frequently interesting. The book serves as a good counterpoint to the nationalistic propaganda the U.S. media was churning out at the time these interviews took place. T ...more
Robert Tulba
Mar 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Harrowing and eye opening. You cannot looks at the military actions of the United States in the Middle East in the same way after reading this short book. I highly commend it to everyone -- if for no other reasons than that the mainstream media and cable networks give you no inkling of what the government is really up to around the world. Which is why Chomsky and others like him are so invaluable.
Shahab Mosharraf
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
My first ever Chomsky read. It felt very brave of him addressing USA as a terrorist-state for it's subsequent deeds, specially at a time right after 9-11. The way he sees the cause and effects of the US policies are surely thoughtful and in some case, tremendously just! ...more
David Sarkies
Jul 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: It's probably a little obsolete now
Recommended to David by: A friend named Neil
Shelves: politics
A Noam Chomsky interview
12 December 2010

This small book is a transcript of a radio interview with Chomsky shortly after the September 11 attacks. I remember being in Sydney late 2001 when a friend of mine saw this book and said 'I'm not surprised Chomsky has already written a book about September 11th'. At the time I had never heard of Chomsky, however that ignorance has since changed.

I'm not surprised that Chomsky released a book quickly as well, because the event was such a psychological sho
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the aftermath of the of Paris terror attack last November 13, 2015, the international (i.e. Western) media covered it extensively and the majority in social media sympathized with the French. Facebook had even added the option to overlay profile pictures with the French flag and activated its "safety check" feature.

However, an opinionated minority expressed a grievance toward peoples' (both in the media and social media) limited attention. Many cited the suicide bombing that rocked Beirut jus
Apr 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
A collection of interviews with Chomsky after the attacks on 9/11. The over-ridding message is that Chomsky would like to see the U.S. take the approach of compiling evidence of criminality and presenting such findings to the World Court. Unfortunately, the US is the only nation (with the exception of Israel) to vote against such machinations and has decided to take the vigilante approach, thus producing martyrs and a new generation of “terrorists.” Another illuminating point: Chomsky observes t ...more
May 13, 2007 rated it really liked it
If you've read anything else by Chomsky, you know exactly what you're getting -- the argument of a brilliant man who knows history better than god but has incendiary views. Chomsky does a good job explaining the context surrounding the hatred. Those who disagree with him will say he is an apologist for terror.

This book goes through US foreign policy in the last several decades highlighting many examples to support the argument that "when they do it to us we call it terrorism; when we do it to th
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: politics
These interviews collectively smack of an apologia for terrorism committed by non-US bodies, for Chomsky seems to invariably find a preceding cause for assaults directed toward America. He seems to pay scant regard to intentions, focusing instead on a consequentialist view of American-Middle east conflicts. Granted the Americans must have erred in foreign endeavours, yet the author's eerie ability, or inclination rather, to find an explanation, or excuse even, for anti-Western sentiment seems di ...more
Djayawarman Alamprabu
The term Conspiracy theory is an effort to blur the factual insights of every institutional Audit. Thats why we tend to take lightly to these kind of Institutional Audit because we labeled them as conspiracy theory just like what the media wants us to do.

Muhammad SAW, Yeshua/ISA/Jesus was also considered as a conspiracy theorist at their struggle to convey God's message. But it doesn't mean the message that they are preaching is a conspiracy. That's just how people at that time trying defend the
Jul 25, 2011 rated it liked it
A collection of interviews with Chomsky with the international media immediately following 9/11, in which he discusses the motivations for the attack, American foreign policy, and the West's potential (at the time) response. The interviews can get a bit repetitive with overlapping questions and answers, but nonetheless the dialogue is thought-provoking. One of Chomsky's best points is that we engage in so much American exceptionalism regarding terrorism and attacks on America that we ignore stat ...more
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
A bit scattered, sure, which can be attributed to the oddity of publishing a series of interviews which have been heavily expanded after-the-fact. However, lots of good information here distilled in a short book. Unlike what some detractors have said in other reviews, Chomsky is not a ranter. He has some stories he uses as examples more than once, but these are in no way rants. Anyone who has heard him speak or watched his speeches on videos or listened to radio interviews knows this. He's calm, ...more
Oct 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: university
As you'd expect from a book that collects Chomsky's interviews from just over a week after September 11th, his analysis is brief yet his answers are well informed. He remains strongly critical of US foreign policy, often referring back to past precedents (referencing actions in Indonesia and Nicaragua) to state that, whilst the attack on the World Trade Center was a severe incident, America is the main practitioner of terrorism, reacting to the guns being pointing the other way. It's short, repe ...more
Jun 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
leftwing anti-trutherism. basic thesis is, like ward churchill, that some people push back. we should not be surprised by this. it's almost as though author wants to remind us that the alleged enemy has agency & initiative, that the US has pissed people off sufficiently that they may in fact want to fight. there is therefore no need for the argument that GWB allowed or hired UBL to attack new york. that's the occam's razor reading, anyway. text is otherwise full of the professor's normal argumen ...more
Elizabeth Atwood
May 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Noam is such an intelligent man, it's a shame that people keep asking him such lame questions. This book basically establishes time after time (it's a series of interviews with Noam after 9/11) that the United States has committed countless acts of international terrorism, yet remains inculpable. Reading this type of book is always taxing to me, especially being an American Citizen. I simply cannot comprehend the atrocities committed in the name of God and greed. ...more
Gertrude & Victoria
Jun 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
Chomsky's analysis of September 11, 2001 wasn't very compelling, as it lacked any semblance of rigor. I felt like I was left out in the cold somewhere between the Mongolian-Chinese-Russian border. There are plenty of other books out there on the subject that are much better. I'd advise you pass this one up and look elsewhere. Don't waste your time or money. ...more
Jack Ochs
May 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
collection of interviews with Chomsky in the first few weeks following 9/11. He is a master of cause and effect, capable of seeing how the past, present, and future are all connected. Made me question many of my fundamental beliefs about this country.
Mar 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
i am always paranoid bring this type of book over the boarder.
Perceptive insights into events after 9-11 and terrorist activities in general.
Mar 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Overall a pretty good read. Some of the sections are a bit less interesting but in the other ones some pretty good facts and opinions are stated.
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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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