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  • Hegemony or Survival

  • America's Quest for Global Dominance
  • By: Noam Chomsky
  • Narrated by: Brian Jones, Noam Chomsky
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 648
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 125

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, lousy reader

  • By Jazz Listener on 03-25-04

Another well-researched book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-04

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.

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