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Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance | [Noam Chomsky]

Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance

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.
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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. Noam Chomsky investigates how we came to this moment, what kind of peril we find ourselves in and why our rulers are willing to jeopardize the future of our species.

Lucid, rigorous and thoroughly documented, Hegemony or Survival is Chomsky's most urgent and sweeping work in years. Certain to spark widespread debate, it is a definitive statement from one of the world's most influential political thinkers.

©2003 Noam Chomsky; (P)2003 Audio Renaissance, A Division Of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Judged in terms of the power, range, novelty, and influence of his thought, Noam Chomsky is arguably the most important intellectual alive." (The New York Times)
"In this highly readable...critique of American foreign policy from the late 1950s to the present...Chomsky brings together many themes he has mined in the past, making this cogent and provocative book an important addition to an ongoing public discussion about U.S. policy." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Ayad 04-01-04
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    "A view of world events that will shock you awake!"

    Chomsky's message is so jarring that your reaction will be one of incredulity. Do your own research; I did and found that his facts stand their ground. This work will alter how you view the world we live in. As an audiobook, it is exciting, riveting, and excellently narrated.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Arturo Chula Vista, CA, USA 06-08-04
    Arturo Chula Vista, CA, USA 06-08-04
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    "Classic Chomsky"

    If you are the type of person who likes to hear as many opinions on an issue as possible, you cannot avoid Chomsky. A must read for anyone interested in U.S. International policy. In order to not become as narrow minded and arrogant as a Sean Hanity or Geraldo Rivera, one must read as many arguments as possible. If you give Kissinger, Huntington, or even Coulter a chance, you would be doing a disservice to yourself not to read Chomsky, Zinn, or Said. Chomsky 's strength in Hegemony or Survival is his use of sources, he combines mainstream media, respected academics, and rarely used government documents to make a very strong argument.

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Corona, CA, USA 02-25-04
    Matthew Corona, CA, USA 02-25-04
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    "Americas Guilty Conscience"

    Chomsky isn?t afraid to air the country?s dirty laundry. Listening to this work is like carefully examining your face in one of those lighted magnifying mirrors. Gradually, you begin to see all the flaws, pimples, and wrinkles that are easy to miss at first glance. Chomsky forces the listener to take an objective look at American foreign policy from a global perspective, and it isn't pretty.

    14 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Valley VillageVirgin Islands, U.S. 07-09-08
    Jason Valley VillageVirgin Islands, U.S. 07-09-08
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    "Topic and writing"

    Excellent, However the Narration is a bit to fast and saying the words and not really comprehending the material. This results in the occasional awkward cadence of speech making retention of material difficult

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott M. Nash 04-09-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Flawed but important"

    I'm probably giving this book a higher rating than it deserves, but I think there are enough important facts in it that we can forgive some of the more paranoid rantings. (He sees 'vast, long standing conspiracy' where there is likely only crass insider profiteering). It does provide exceptional reference as to some of the more outrageous crimes zeroing in on the Reagan, Bush crowd. The style is irritatingly smug and pseudo-intellectual and is filled with Noam's usual assertion that the US has never had a leader who wasn't evil and most of the worlds problems are the fault of the US. Very annoying but please drag though it anyway.

    13 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Candace Syracuse, NY, USA 01-28-04
    Candace Syracuse, NY, USA 01-28-04
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    "I love Noam Chomsky..."

    ...but!
    I have read other of Chomsky's books and seen a documentary of his and I really like his work!!! That being said I think the book was read too fast and I think the content was a bit scattered. Maybe the book is easier to follow when you see everything in print. I don't want to discourage anyone from learning more about this very important and interesting material.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    William Pleasanton, CA, USA 10-19-04
    William Pleasanton, CA, USA 10-19-04
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    "Use an alias"

    Absolutley recommend. Not because I accept 100% of what he says, we all have the responsibility to make our own conclusions. But he gives great perspective on the application of power and the tradeoffs we all make. A challenge to apply critical thinking.

    Use an alias? If the justice dept is checking library records, they might be interested in who listens to this....

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Marco Stony Brook, NY, USA 10-08-04
    Marco Stony Brook, NY, USA 10-08-04
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    "Interesting material... but a tough listen."

    While the material is fascinating and, in my opinion, very believable, I unfortunately have to fault the way the book was written and the person reading the book.

    First, let me start with the reader... the book was read very fast and in what I perceived as an angry mono-tone (almost Dennis Leary like). To me, this greatly distracted from the material in the book. Being that this is an audio book, this needs to be considered before you buy it.

    As for the content of the book, I can easily find most of it believable. Unfortunately, I do have to fault the way it is presented. The book comes out more like an ongoing rambling of world events. Making it, in my mind, difficult to follow. It does not provide enough historical background, factual references, and build-up to the events it describes.



    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    "The Big Picture"

    Noam Chompsy presents an overview of the U.S. political agenda I suspected but couldn't formulate myself. He offers a multitude of facts reinforcing his theories. Listening, I felt progessively outraged at the abuse of power and manipulation to justify the means to an end. We think we live in a democratic society but it's an illusion. How can we vote wisely when we are continually fed lies and half truths?

    My only criticism is not with the book, but the reading. It was so fast I had trouble absorbing all the information coming at me. This book I listened to a little at a time.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ali K. Okyay 05-24-07 Listener Since 2007
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    "eye opening"

    Awesome experience. Noam Chomsky presents a different face of the US, simultaneously showing the strong scholarship within the same system that challenges it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "History given the voice of fact....unmissable"

    This is a thrilling book. No heroes, no heroics, no opinions, no villains, no vilification - just the facts...laid end to end so that they speak for themselves. The moral pronouncements and appeals of other 'dissident' voices pale under the crystal objectivity of Chomsky's clear insight into where we are and how we got here. Ideologies are built up and peeled away with the words of the political leaders, the ambassadors, the resolutions and the briefings - verbatim in all their high minded contradictions. Words quoted, actions detailed, patterns established, understanding conveyed. Where is Chomsky in all of this? Unshowy, impeccable, scrupulous, reliable, authorative - he slips into the background and allows Masters of the New Imperialism speak for themselves. Authorial indignation, appeals to morality, the radical as romantic hero?....all rendered irrelevant against historical fact. Read this book and then recommend it to someone else, important doesn't begin to describe it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    "Interesting and insightful"

    The content is very good - Chomsky has been comprehensive and expansive in his explanations. The book is circa 2003 so some of the points are more relevant to that time than to 10 years later. All in all it's well worth a listen and has a lot of extremely valid and interesting points and examples.

    The narrator is American and I found his narrating a bit annoying - from the regular mispronunciation of hegemony as "he-jem-inny" (and yes, I know it's the American way, but is still sounds like English is being butchered) to his attempts to dramatise some passages. With Chomsky's writing, the whole point is that it is calm and matter of fact, so increasing the pace and stressing certain points in the narration didn't seem right and got on my nerves.

    Overall, I would recommend it and say it is definitely worth a listen.

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