The world's leading intellectual offers a probing examination of the waning American century, the nature of US policies post-9/11, and the perils of valuing power above democracy and human rights.
In an incisive, thorough analysis of the current international situation, Noam Chomsky argues that the United States, through its military-first policies and its unstinting devotion to maintaining a world-spanning empire, is both risking catastrophe and wrecking the global commons. Drawing on a wide range of examples, from the expanding drone assassination program to the threat of nuclear warfare as well as the flashpoints of Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Israel/Palestine, he offers unexpected and nuanced insights into the workings of imperial power on our increasingly chaotic planet.
In the process Chomsky provides a brilliant anatomy of just how US elites have grown ever more insulated from any democratic constraints on their power. While the broader population is lulled into apathy - diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable - the corporations and the rich have increasingly been allowed to do as they please.
Fierce, unsparing, and meticulously documented, Who Rules the World? delivers the indispensable understanding of the central conflicts and dangers of our time that we have come to expect from Chomsky.
©2016 Valeria Wasserman-Chomsky (P)2016 Macmillan Audio
Noam Chomsky's books are full of cited information that leads to endless routes of knowledge. He isn't too aggressive with his opinion, nor is he the type of writer that goes off on whims. Everything he talks about is a reflection of the sources he had studied. This book will give you many avenues to look down, to formulate your own opinion.
No B.S. reviews. I'll never soft-pedal bad writing or inept narration.
Regardless of how important it is to hear what Mr. Chomsky has to say—this audiobook is unlistenable.
It's because the narration is horrible. Brian Jones reads in the most bizarre fashion imaginable—with a panic-stricken, hyper-emotional, gravelly whisper—as though he's deathly afraid that someone in the next room might hear him. It's completely weird, and thoroughly distracting.
Furthermore, Jones has adopted a tone of complete sarcasm, as though he's making an ongoing joke—some kind of insinuation, like "Boy, isn't the establishment stupid—not smart like us!" I've read enough Chomsky to know that it should be read in a factual, not a sneering tone. It's an insult to any serious listener.
To be fair, I don't think ANY of this should be blamed on Mr. Chomsky. He's extremely insightful, and there's just no way he'd want the serious facts of his book to be slaughtered—ruined—by such demeaning narration. Sorry, Noam—you really got shafted on this one!
There may be listeners who'll take exception to this harsh review, but there are certainly others who are simply too politically correct or too timid to mention it.
For my part, it sickens me that Chomsky's book—so pertinent, timely, and necessary—is trivialized by such terrible narration.
Before I abandoned it, I had listened to perhaps thirty minutes of the book—after which I only wanted to retain it long enough to publish this negative review. After that, I'm planning on asking Audible for my money back.
Don't be cowed, Audible Listeners! Stand up for quality! Stand up for sanity! Don't tolerate bad narration! And sorry again, Noam—I'll catch you in print!
Excellent compilation of facts rarely heard in the mainstream. Refreshing honesty that should make us rethink how we view and interact with our government and world. We have the power to facilitate change, but we must arm ourselves with the truth before we may begin. May we passionately pursue social justice and equality by legitimate and peaceful means with unquestionable integrity and unwavering courage!
Super detailed history of how we ended up, having one very small group of people, ruling and deciding the future of humanity.
Chomsky understand not only the US but the world powers and how they are interacting each other. If you read one of Chomsky s book, you ll learn more about many other books where you can gradually develop your own theory to view the world.
Oh my god.
We are being kept in the dark about what our government is doing. "Who Rules the World" explicitly shows how our foreign policy is (and has been) out of control... especially when it comes to covert operations. I never knew what my government was doing during the time I was growing up in the 50's and 60's, and then as an adult from the 70's on. If I had known or if we all had known, we might have been able to stop the worst of these operations. I am horrified at the scale and scope of what we have been involved in.Chomsky explains how we were (and still are) deliberately left out of the decision making process to avoid pushback and to avoid discussions involving morality and true American values. The the term "national security" has a new meaning to me now. I see how it is used to keep the public from weighing on decision making that is often indefensible because of its inhumanity. I now see that secrecy is the enemy of democracy. Secrecy cancels the checks and balances of our democracy ... allowing small groups of people to make huge decisions that impact everyone... with no accountability.I would recommend this book to all those who wish to find a way to change the current trajectory of world affairs. We need to start to get our own house in order.
"Blowback" because both of these authors have had the courage to speak truth to power.
Can we rein in our government's covert operations?
A must read for anyone who wants to to find a way to change the current trajectory of world affairs.
There are whole 15 minut passages of the book that repeat word for word several times throughout, with only couple more minutes of additional insight. The book would be half the size if you strip all the repetitiins.
But the story is important and the perspective welcome. I hope the repetitions are not intentional, as Noam Chomsky knows well how to affect opinion and manufacture consent :)
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