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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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    S Houston, TX, USA 03-30-05
    S Houston, TX, USA 03-30-05
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    "Needs 2 listens"

    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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Ruskin , FL, USA 03-13-04
    Richard Ruskin , FL, USA 03-13-04
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    "You Cannot Ignore This"

    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!

    9 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    bobconner 04-07-14
    bobconner 04-07-14
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    "A Contest In Speed-reading?"
    What disappointed you about Hegemony or Survival?

    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.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I din't make it to the ending - terrible reading.


    How could the performance have been better?

    SLOW DOWN!


    What character would you cut from Hegemony or Survival?

    The audible reader


    Any additional comments?

    You're much better off reading this on your own

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Pflugerville, TX, United States 01-08-14
    James Pflugerville, TX, United States 01-08-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Not light reading"
    Would you listen to Hegemony or Survival again? Why?

    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.


    Has Hegemony or Survival turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    If you could give Hegemony or Survival a new subtitle, what would it be?

    How and why the United States dominates the world.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    peter salem, or, United States 03-19-12
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    "Loved it"
    What made the experience of listening to Hegemony or Survival the most enjoyable?

    Noam Chomsky at his best. An essential work for anyone who is interested in how things really work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Cambridge, MA, USA 01-21-06
    Shawn Cambridge, MA, USA 01-21-06
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    "Interesting, but..."

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ray Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA 11-13-04
    Ray Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA 11-13-04
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    "Another well-researched book"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry`` Sydney, N/A, Australia 03-18-04
    Jerry`` Sydney, N/A, Australia 03-18-04
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    "Disappointed"

    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.

    30 of 69 people found this review helpful
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    P. Sims Chicago, Il 06-05-07
    P. Sims Chicago, Il 06-05-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Hegemony of Survival"

    Great book. A must read for all!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    04-20-05 Member Since 2003
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    "hedgemony or Survival"

    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.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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