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.