I probably would not have been writing this review if there had been no intervention by CIA with the democratically elected government of Mossadegh in Iran in the 1950's. I immigrated here from Iran. Imagine, a democratic Iran...overthrown by help of CIA. When you read this book, you learn of all the other interventions by US across the globe. I really wish that people who attack this book are right...but history is behind Mr. Chomsky.
The path of our country does not comport with the golden rule and we have the power to change this. Hegemony or Survival is an outstanding work of well-researched facts, which exemplifies the courage to defy contemporary media brainwashing of the masses by exposing the insidious course of our beloved America by its ill-guided leadership from both sides of the isle. Mr. Chomsky has created an irrefutable historical account of a political agenda that is attempting to quench the perilous vice of avarice. An extremely treacherous mindset is rampaging with unbridled control within our own country. Unquestionably, a wakeup call from a solid intellectual source. To dissent is our duty as Americans. Get the book and decide for yourself.
Mr. Chomsky?s perspective is radical but that doesn?t mean he is wrong. I suspect this book could offend those readers who think that Americans are always the ?good guys?, and who still believe in "Manifest Destiny". As much as I admire the United States of America, this book did help me understand that this Superpower, just like all of the other great civilizations that preceded it, hardly ever acts inspired by the noble and altruistic motives officially cited. This book is an eye opener and it is full of evidence to support the claims it makes. You may disagree with his views, but knowing them should offset the almost always bias ?official story?.
My compliments to Mr. Chomsky for his tremendous courage. Had he lived in a less tolerant society, he would most like have a price on his head.
Mr. Jones does a fine job narrating the book, even though he sometimes impresses an alarmist tone that may lead listeners to give less credit to the text. An argument is sometimes more convincing if it is made with a more neutral demeanor.
It would be a mistake not to read this book if indeed you seek to understand the past, present and future of the United States in the world.
The difference between Naom and other so called political pundants is that he does the research to back up his claims. And not just any research, very very thorough research. A must read for any politically aware person.
Chomsky gives very detailed examples of state sponsored terrorism over decades and looks at the current world from an angle many of us do not bother to take the time to see.
To anyone who has asked the question "Why do they hate us?", look no further than "Hegemony or Survival".
Most Americans will never know the crimes committed in their name.
It's "ok" if you wish to swallow any constructed reality whole - the American Media, gulp - the "Compassionate Conservative" agenda, gulp - Our role as a beacon to global democracy, gulp. But when gulpable feels more like gullible isn't it time we say, "I know what I know with the information I've received, but I'll listen to a different perspective." What do you have to fear, but a possible truth that doesn't sit well in the grand scheme of things. You can always ignore or deny it later if you wish - or dismiss it all together.
This book is an astonishing piece of writing. This book is not written by Chomsky - yes, that is true. Almost, all of the book is put together by references from other documents. This amazing construction runs from sentence to sentence, paragraph after paragraph. This style of book in audio ONLY would be lost to some listeners like samreeve, from Pleasanton - who might complain that there are not eneough refrences. In Audio, it might carry this impression that these are author words while in reality he has just put it together from sources, which are clearly set off by quotation marks and referenced in the printed form.
I've not seen a book which is almost created wholly from Cut&Paste of diverse sources and yet remains chorent and readable.
What this audiobook did for me was to convince me to buy and read the printed version of "Hegemony or Survival". As I was listening to the audiobook, I could tell that Noam Chomsky was attempting to provide me with information about, and perspectives on, the state of our nation and the world--information and perspectives that are unavailable elsewhere. At the same time, however, the reader seemed to be doing his best--by reading in a rapid monotone--to make Chomsky's information both boring and difficult to understand. Chomsky quotes from many sources, but I had difficulty identifying the boundaries between Chomsky's prose and the quoted material, because the reader plowed on through everything, main text and quoted material, without variation of tone or speed. I look forward to being able to make these distinctions when I read the printed book.
Even though the general concepts are worthwhile, there is a paranoiac tone to this read (maybe the voice of the reader doesn't help) which casts a shadow of doubt on the book. Also is makes it sound like there has been a overall plan by Reagan, the Bushes and Clinton, which seems a bit far fetched. It probably gives the government too much credit.
Thought there have been economical forces behind many of the decisions. However, this is nothing new and the US has been trying to increase its hegemony since it coming out of isolation after WWII. Specially in Latin America which it considers its back yard.
Really liked all the quotes of George Kennan, though brilliant and glad to learn that he is still alive, doubt that those quotes were intended to be used as in this book. Regardless of Kennan's brilliance, he came to notice after his theory of containment, and has been known as a Soviet expert. Also claims that there wasn't an accord not to invade Cuba, thought Kissinger reports otherwise. One would probably get more out of reading Kennan and Kissinger than this book, since even though not as current give more insight and understanding of what goes on in the government. Maybe in 30 years or so we might get something equivalent on this era.