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  • Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky
    • Narrated By Brian Jones, Noam Chomsky
    Overall
    (560)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    For more than half a century, the United States has been pursuing a grand imperial strategy with the aim of staking out the globe. Our leaders have shown themselves willing, as in the Cuban missile crisis, to follow the dream of dominance no matter how high the risks. Now the Bush administration is intensifying this process, driving us toward the final frontiers of imperial control, toward a choice between the prerogatives of power and a livable Earth.

    Jazz Listener says: "Great book, lousy reader"
    "Clarity in our foreign policy over past 100 years"
    Overall

    Chomsky gives a blow by blow type of recapitulation of the U.S.'s foreign policy from the events leading up to the Cuban Missile Crisis to our current war in Iraq. It's hard not to see the inconsistencies in the policies we hold when one decade any given people are considered terrorists (supported or not by the U.S.) and the next decade they are labeled as "freedom fighters" for "democracy". Also it's difficult to ignore the Big Money connection to our foreign policy, and Chomsky does very well to mention those influences.

    Having listened to John Adams Biography recently, it smacks in similarity to the power and manipulation that France exercized in American Independence. When you strip away the nobility and glory that 8th grade American history texts give to our own Revolution, America's independence was 'granted' by France more so that America would be an economic and small political resource for Frances plan of hegemony. Nomsky implies that the US's foreign policy is no more interested in other countries (Irag, Nicaragua, Cuba etc.) gaining "democracy" than France was interested in the nobel act of freeing America.

    Flaws: The narrator speaks a bit too quickly for some of Chompsky's powerful statements. The book is not broken into chapters, so it's one continuous read (listen).

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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