Everyone should listen to this book- twice. There is too much information to digest in one reading. Unfortunately, however, Chomsky often ends up preaching to the converted as his research shows a side of America that die hard 'patriots' label as 'anti-American.' Any open minded person however will likely find his research and ideas eye-opening. Some of his books are hard to understand for the first-time Chomsky reader but this one seems to have been written with especially those in mind.
I have this in hardcopy. I just downloaded it: it's almost too much too take in. Not that the author does not provide clear and thorough references--I almost wish he didn't so I could just blow most of it off! The scope of what he reveals as to what our "current" administration (some of them also worked for Nixon) is doing and how long the process has been active boggles my mind. I am not a genius. Thank God for geniuses. I will listen repeatedly until I shoehorn the SCOPE of this into my head.
This might shock some: I have been registered Republican since I could vote. In my small northern town, we stood up for small business-persons. We kept local & state pols honest. That was then.
This whole bit with Enron, Halle-Burton, etc. carving up Iraq and Haiti is NOT Republican! It is NOT Democratic! I live in Florida: if not for Jeb[!] Bush we would still have SURPLUS (did you enjoy your $300 tax refunds?!)
Oh yeah, as of 3/11/2004 Osama is BACK while Georgie was off stomping some made-up threat who just happened to irritate Poppy ten years back. Our way of life is in serious jeopardy FROM WITHIN!
Nuff Preaching. Just Get It!
Noam Chomsky is one of my favorite authors/philosophers, but the reader butchered this book; apparently, trying to read an eight hour book in ten minutes, he is testing his speed-reading skills to the point one can't even follow, much less comprehend the message.
I din't make it to the ending - terrible reading.
The audible reader
You're much better off reading this on your own
Chomsky is one of the greatest minds of our time. But his writing is very stream-of-consciousness. You have to pay attention, but if you do, you'll be rewarded with great insight.
This particular book was a damning criticism of US hegemony. Though he never takes sides outright, it is obvious from the tone that Chomsky sees the United States' strongarm techniques with regard to world dominance in a not-so-positive light.
Opened my eyes.
How and why the United States dominates the world.
Noam Chomsky at his best. An essential work for anyone who is interested in how things really work.
This is typical Chomsky, which I can appreciate. He is well-informed, and the content is generally interesting. I tried to imagine how I might perceive this novel as a person with a conservative bent, and I, perhaps fantastically, concluded that even if I were to dismiss it as Anti-American dribble, I would hope that I could appreciate what his examples suggest about power, survival, and controlling processes in general. Finally, what the #^%#& was the narrator thinking? His pace is way too fast at times. You may want to load up on caffeine or use a listening device that allows you to slow down playback.
I recommend this book to all concerned Americans. The main thesis of the book is that the United States (and the world), not for the first time in history, is facing a choice between the short-term goals of global domination, power, and hegemony in general, or the long-term fight for survival of the human species.
He outlines this by reviewing the history of US intervention in the world, mostly available from his older books, and adding new information: he details the post-9-11 change in American policy, like the new Imperial Grand Strategy, the build-up to the Iraq War, commentary on the Afghanistan bombing, as well as new light shed on the Cuban Missile Crisis. His writing is supported by his research, very rich in detail, sometimes requiring one to rewind the paragraph and listen multiple times to achieve clarity. His morality is quite simple when discussing the subject, namely the truism of universality, "judging ourselves by the same standards we apply to others." The conclusions are quite different than those you will hear in the mainstream--the US is the leading terrorist state, the media are subservient to centers of power, and the goals of state-corporate power are making the world worse, not safer, for our survival.
As stated before, recommended to all concerned Americans for analysis of what should be done in the future for a better world.
I've read several short things published by the author online and, as a respected professor at M.I.T., found them thoughtful and interesting. But not this rant. Comments of others, here, online and in the press have all been equally disturbing to me.
I'm not "liberal," "libertarian," or "conversative" and strongly dislike political labels. Dr. Chomsky clearly does not share my view.
Whether it be the economy, environment, education, or other concerns there seems to be no middle ground any more. Historically this is not true of America. We've always differed, but have historically found a way to resolve differencers, with "liberal" and "conservative" cycles here and there, but no really dramatic swings in either direction.
But the times they are a changing.
Now we have Dr. Chomsky, Russ Limbaugh and the like and everyone chooses his "true believer," dutifully lines up behind them, always blocking out the "bad" news TV channels or websites, minds closed and in lock step.
I've tried to listen to this book twice from the beginning and never gotten beyond the first fifteen minutes. I've also tried to start out in the middle somewhere with the same result. This book disturbs me like true believers like Russ Limbaugh. We must label and belittle our "enemies" in order to shine the light to the correct path.
I've tried to listen and understand whiy I see so many references to this book. It's been a very frustrating experience all around. I read (not listen to) several dozen books each year and often find them bland and boring, but rarely am I ever as frustrated as I've been with this book.
Beware those who engender only love or hate. This book is supposed to propose ideas which end the cycle of religious wars, racial strife, wars based on economics, and all the other foolish acts of humanity throughout history. Instead it finds a way to engender a new kind of polarization. Richard Nixon had an "enemies list. So does Dr. Chomsky.
This is an infuriatingly great read. If you feel a duty to know the largely untold story of US political history and have any devotion to "the golden rule", this is a must read. America is the 64,000 lbs gorilla. Does this give us, the voting citizens, a high obligation to check the natural propensity of big business, polititians and weapons makers to justify terrorism in the name of "our national interest"? fasinating stuff. Enjoy.