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Deterring Democracy

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Traces U.S. foreign policy objectives throughout the Cold War and offers a commentary on the development of the post-Cold War economic and military structure.
Hardcover, 430 pages
Published May 17th 1991 by Verso (first published 1991)
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Jun 03, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Chomsky Shocker!!!

Chomsky just loooooves pointing out the hidden agendas of the New York Times, and showing how imperialistic US support hinders democracy and sometimes even helps perpetuate genocide in other parts of the world. Yeah, yeah, that's what Chomsky does, and that's great; but did you know that according to the US Labor Party (one of Lyndon LaRouche's apparently ever changing groups he uses to try to spread the 'truth' of things like Aristotleanism and how it's just fucking with us al
Dec 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not the smartest guy in the world but I have good comprehension skills. Even so, Chomsky can be hard to read. He has lots of information and not all of it is presented in a linear fashion. His books are dense and often dry. I love this mind, though, and that's why I keep reading his books.

They are never a quick read. I plan on spending lots of time to stop, think and look up words(!). I think this book is a great example of Chomsky at his best. It's a bit dated here in 2010 but still has lo
Yazeed AlMogren
يُعري المفكر اليساري نعوم تشومسكي الولايات المتحدة سياسيًا وزعمها بنشر الديمقراطية والحرية في دول العالم، الكتاب موثق بالمصادر ومليء بالمعلومات ومناسب لمن أراد إجراء بحوث أو قراءة بيانات معمقة عن سياسات الولايات المتحدة المنهاضة للديمقراطية، ترجمة نسخة دار كنعان لم تكن بالمستوى المطلوب ولم تكن سيئة لتمنعك من قراءة الكتاب
Nov 24, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Although the subject matter was quite interesting, the author's writing style was the epitome of obfuscation. I found it unreadable.
Ashwin Sundar
I am reading chapter 12 of this book for a class taught by the man himself, at the University of Arizona. This is just a place to gather my thoughts.

Chomsky overwhelmingly makes the case for soft power in this chapter, by decrying the horrors and hypocrisy of American hard power.

P. 378: The guiding principle is clear and straightforward: their terror is terror, and the flimsiest evidence suffices to denounce it and exact retribution upon civilian bystanders who happen to be in the way; ou
Dec 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ,,,
The end of the Cold War was greeted by the free world with a self congratulatory praise that echoed off the moon and back. And for the average person, the prospect for disarmament and some kind of 'real' peace had become a tangible reality. But the end of The Cold War gave to the American military industrial complex an opportunity and a problem. The opportunity was that without the USSR as a viable deterrent to American foreign aggression, America now had the opportunity to invade other countrie ...more
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro que despierta como un puñetazo. Dice con claridad todo lo que siempre hemos sospechado sobre la política exterior de Estados Unidos, pero da datos e informes precisos. EEUU siempre ha intentado destruir la democracia de los países con los que mantenía intereses económicos para evitar que las oligarquías perdieran la libertad de actuar en su propio beneficio, y lo ha hecho de la forma mas cruel posible, mediante la violencia. Si hemos de creer a Chomsky, EEUU es el primero y mas mortífer ...more
Kate Taylor
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is just under 30 years old and it's incredible how little has changed in the world. Eye opening and depressing in equal measure.
Antonio Hernández Blas
Debo confesar que me costo trabajo terminar la lectura del presente libro pero es que Chomsky se desborda haciendo un estudio de la actitud del gobierno estadounidense a partir de la segunda guerra mundial y el problema que le presentó el "mal" (comunismo) ante el "bien" (la civilización occidental-estadounidense) y del como dicho mal podría contaminar al mundo con una "mala interpretación" de lo que es la democracia. La "mala interpretación" no es más que ese populismo-nacionalismo que antepone ...more
Aug 25, 2016 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Obama
Hugely well-sourced exposé on US (and, to a lesser extent, UK and Israel) - perpetrated shenanigans in Latin America and the middle east, citing newspapers, authors and agencies from all over the world in nearly every paragraph. Justified or not, the constant stream of sarcasm does start to grate by the time you get through half of it. Noam's condemnation of Singapore's leader as a pseudo-fascist tyrant has been proven wrong by history but apart from that it's really just a savoury bit of global ...more
Rafael da Silva
Os EUA com a sua mania de intervir nos outros países a seu bel-prazer acabou criando e promovendo muitas ditaduras na América Latina. E eles ainda tem o cinismo de dizer que lutam pela democracia, assim como dizem lutar contra o Eixo do Mal (Irã, Síria, Coréia do Norte etc).

Uma coisa que as pessoas podem não saber é que muitos dos inimigos atuais foram aliados que cometeram as mesmas barbaridades que cometem hoje, mas naquele tempo eram aliados, logo os EUA faziam vista grossa sobre isso.

Não pre
Apr 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommend
A good starter for people that don't know much about America's foreign policy (such as myself). Even if you don't agree with his politics or interpretations, he at least gives you plenty of reference points for further research (I have dogeared far too many pages in this book) that you aren't likely to find in most accounts of American history. The book can get a bit repetitive in its message and Chomsky's writing isn't exactly thrilling read, but this is definitely worth a look.
Kevin A.
This is the first Chomsky book and it's one of the most influential things I ever read. It's what really got me started reading about radical critiques of imperialism and U.S. foreign policy. The footnotes alone led me to a lot of other indispensible writers on the same subject like Gabriel Kolko (The Politics of War) and William Blum (Killing Hope).
If one must read only one, this is probably the Chomsky text to read regarding general perspectives on US conduct, with numerous examples. Not a catalog in the manner of Blum's Killing Hope, say, but probably the most thorough single Chomsky book (at the time--he may have issued more comprehensive updated versions since this was written).
David Soucie
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can be said about Mr. Chomsky, is he is very thorough in his research such that every chapter is followed with bibliography. He aptly unveils U.S. Governments desire to thwart all democratic policies of many countries. As well as document, and describe how main stream media is actively complicit in promoting the United States foreign policy
Jan 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, italy
The beginning of an honest history of the 'cold war', in its international and domestic aspects. It is also the book where i first began to understand the relationship that the US had with right-wing power in italy.
Mar 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first Noam Chomsky book i ever read. I was 18 or 19 and it was pretty life-changing. who knew that the same formula of over-throwing a centrist democratically elected government and installing a pro-business dictator could work so well in so many latin american countries?
Gemma Williams
Dec 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been reading a lot of Chomsky lately and it has had a big effect, especially on my reading of the media. This book details the USA's fight against democracy with especial reference to Latin America. Apalling stuff.Currently feeling impotent rage, but am glad he is here to open my eyes.
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Chomsky met zijn libertair-socialistische gedachten poneert enkel in het laatste hoofdstuk 'Macht en Mening' een aantal interessante stellingen.
bv: over het waarom mensen zich in democratische samenlevingen laten onderwerpen.
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read. Answers burning questions
Shriram Jayaraman
The more you read, the more you want to read.
Jul 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If it wasn't for this book, I'd probably be trading stocks, working a government job, drinking Coca Cola every day, and living comfortably right now.
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