There is no question that if Noam Chomsky was a Russian writing about Russia in this way he'd spend his life in the Gulag. Few countries would allow him to continue lecturing and publishing. Chomsky is no crackpot. He's a brilliant intellectual and a passionately ethical human being. If he is complaining about something, we'd better listen. I'll give you a little taste of this book. These are some of the lies that we are told by our media: 1. That America wants to support democracy and human rights around the world. 2. That America opposes terrorism. 3. That America opposes international drug trafficking. 4. That Noriega was ousted from Panama because of drugs. 5. That the Vietnam War was fought to halt the spread of communism. 6. That America was ever afraid of Soviet military power. If you are willing to re-evaluate every single thing you have come to believe about your country, pick up this little book. It gets right to the point and is extremely readable.
Chomsky does not mince words nor shall I. This book is a clear, concise indictment of US foriegn policy. What does Uncle Sam want? The labor and resources of the third world. We call it a "free market" because that's all we're willing to pay.
Reads fast. And has this imagery and sounds running thru your head like the best documentaries do. Not boring in the slightest. And the best part is that it isn't some wacko-- he's using government papers, and news articles to prove his points.
The book is a short but great analysis of US policies, and although published several years ago still belongs to the most important US critic works.
The main sections of the book are: 1. The main goals of US foreign policy (contains "Protecting our turf", "The liberal extreme", "Restoring the traditional order", "The threat of a good example" and more) 2. Devastation abroad (contains "The crucifixion of El Salvador", "Teaching Nicaragua a lesson", "Making Guatemala a killing field", "The invasion of Panama", "Inoculating Southeast Asia", "The Gulf War", "The Iran/contra cover-up" and more) 3. Brainwashing at home (contains "War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.", "Socialism, real and fake", "The media" and more) 4. The future (contains "What you can do" and more)
Chomsky's other, longer writings tend to be very thick and academic, rather hard to read. This series of books, however, get right to the point, and without watering down the topic. These books brilliantly and convincingly put the post World War II world into perspective. What is really going on. Not "who killed JFK" wacko conspiracy. Not Left vs. Right bickering. Just plain and simple reality, the kind of thing you rarely see in the mainstream. Search INFOSEEK for "the grand area" for my web site.
This book/pamphlet provides Chomsky's cogent analysis of US militarism in the second half of the 20th century. It is a must read for anyone who grew up after the Vietnam war wondering why the US was invading one small Latin American nation after another, all under the auspices of a defense against communism. A must read for anyone with even the most cursory interest in world affairs.
Noam Chomsky, in his excellent dissection of our government's motivations, gives a very telling account of America's countless transgressions world-wide. In addition to giving an in-depth analysis of the subject of foreign policy, Chomsky writes in an accessible manner that avoids too many assumptions of previous knoweldge on the (often) reader's part. It is this aspect, I find, that makes this book a necessary acquisition. I myself first read it as a junior in high school (and am now a freshman in college) and found it an excellent introduction to a view of the workings of society that I otherwise would not have been exposed to. It is important to note that while Chomsky is by all means adamant and assured of his view's veracity, he does not present any sort of dogma. On the contrary, his assertions are firmly rooted in facts and meticulously documented. The issues he brings up, effectively marginalized by the mainstream media, are incredibly important ones that have a direct impact on our society and our passive acceptance of the "reality" it presents us with. True, his arguments may not win universal acceptance from those who read them, but one can hardly deny that the ideas presented in this and a host of other books of his, by shedding light on igonred facets of our society, bring to those interested in understanding the happenings and actions of the powers-that-be a much-needed source of information. Love him or hate him, the mere fact that his ideas are in the public sphere is a victory in itself and a step in the right direction. The fact that Chomsky's books have had a profound effect on me, however, by no means implies that I have swallowed his ideas like some empty-headed automaton. Quite the contrary, I have examined what he has to say and found that I am in agreement with his fundamental arguments. This does not, I believe, a blind follower make. So...pick up this book and take a look at the issues he presents. I would not say something like "decide", for it is not a matter of agreeing or disgreeing with Noam Chomsky, but rather a look at some events of utmost relevance to our day and age. Enjoy and pass it on to a friend.
probably not the greatest chomsky book you can find, but probably the best place to start. very easy to understand, and very enlightening, nonetheless. excellent commentaries on terrible events in our history like the war on drugs, the panama canal, and operation desert storm... i highly suggest you purchase this book
This book kicks MAJOR ass, I reccomend it for anyone interested in learning about government foriegn policy...Especially if you are an anarchist (like me--And the author)...But not only anarchists will enjoy this extremely eye-opening book. DEATH TO FASCIST-IMPERIALIST GOVERNMENTS, VIVA EGALITARIANISM AND HUMAN--FREEDOM!!!