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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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

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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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

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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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

I love Noam Chomsky...

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

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

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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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