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Timely, urgent, and powerfully elucidating, this important volume of previously unpublished interviews conducted by award-winning radio journalist David Barsamian features Noam Chomsky discussing America's policies in an increasingly unstable world. With his famous insight, lucidity, and redoubtable grasp of history, Chomsky offers his views on the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the doctrine of "preemptive" strikes against so-called rogue states, and the prospects of the second Bush administration, warning of the growing threat to international peace posed by the U.S. drive for domination. In his inimitable style, Chomsky also dissects the propaganda system that fabricates a mythic past and airbrushes inconvenient facts out of history.

Barsamian, recipient of the ACLU's Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, has conducted more interviews and radio broadcasts with Chomsky than has any other journalist. Enriched by their unique rapport, Imperial Ambitions explores topics Chomsky has never before discussed, among them the 2004 presidential campaign and election, the future of Social Security, and the increasing threat, including devastating weather patterns, of global warming. The result is an illuminating dialogue with one of the leading thinkers of our time, and a startling picture of the turbulent times in which we live.

©2005 Aviva Chomsky and David Barsamian; (P)2005 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

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"How did we ever get to be an empire? The writings of Noam Chomsky, America's most useful citizen, are the best answer to that question." (The Boston Globe)

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A must-have in your listening library

Noam Chomsky has important things to say about world affairs, the American government's role in them, in particular. His books, though well-researched and informative, can be a bit overwhelming to a lot of readers, myself included. This series of interviews with David Barsamian, an obvious admirer of Chomsky's, is a great introduction to what Chomsky has to say and what citizens need to do to improve the world we live in. Excluding the first interview, which is done over the phone, the sound quality is very good to excellent.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • S
  • Houston, TX, USA
  • 12-01-05

I Must Be A Crying, Anti-American, Groupie

The three negative reviews state that Chomsky: 1) "cries" and "bashes" the "civilzed world," "thinks he's cool," and has "hordes of mindless, gullible groupies;" 2) "drones about 'America- the real enemy;" and 3) is an "idiot" and "danger to the civilized world." A mirror image of these people on the left would say they are Right-Wing, Ultra-nationalistic, likely relgious, gun-toting fundamentalists, anti-gay, anti-choice and blindly patriotic.

I, on the other hand, would just like to point out the kind of vocabulary used by these reviewers compaared to the others who say it was a "great book" because Chomsky "says it as it is." Instead of bashing the Right Wing and the evangelists, these reviewers present clear and logical thoughts of why it is a good book. The others point to 'hordes, idiots, crying, groupies and a repetitive "danger to the civlized world."

Personally, one of the things I liked about the book is that the questions were good and the answers were better. And it was not read, but live. I have listened to this book twice already - because the information is important and I don't have a memory like Chomsky's. His thoughts and resources are truly unique- gathering and presenting information that is hard to come by in this day and age.

Now ask yourself: would the world be better off if everyone was like him and the reviewers that thought about what they wrote or would the world be better off if we were all like the others who call names and refer to themselves as civilized in the process?

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • steve
  • kearny, NJ, United States
  • 05-22-10

The scary, honest truth

Chomsky is one of the best political writers out there and this book does a great job in summarizing many of his beliefs through some of the interviews he's taken throughout the years. A good listen and a must-listen, if you're interested in learning about the American policies and how they've shaped this world.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • ocala, FL, USA
  • 10-24-05

sometimes the truth hurts

Mr. Chomsky is one of this countries greatest minds. The right wing fears him, and they pray that people never hear what he has to say. In this book he continues with the brand of brutal honesty that he has always been known for. His critics can never deny his facts, they never have and never will. They can only complain like children in denial that have been sent to the corner. Just another masterpiece to add to the list. If you want unadulterated truth about our world today listen to this man. It will do you good.

16 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Jose
  • LOS ANGELES, CA, USA
  • 01-24-06

Educating the Ignorant

This book gives insight on how society at large is unaware of how the Bush administration has taken control of our country and is completely ignoring and misleading the people of America. Chomsky reveals how the Bush administration and previous administrations blatantly ignore our constitution and human rights for the promotion of economic interest.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Arturo
  • Chula Vista, CA, USA
  • 10-09-05

A necessary voice of dissent

One of the biggest problems with America today is the lack of introspection from the mainstream media (and to a lesser extent academics) regarding U.S. foreign policy. After the attacks of September 11th one of the recurring questions continues to be ?Why do they hate us?? If you truly want to get a better understanding of the world in which we live in, Chomsky gives a necessary analytical perspective on U.S. foreign policy over the last fifty years which is regrettably absent in the mainstream. Whether you like or dislike Chomsky?s ideas, it is necessary to hear his perspective because it is like no other, his profound knowledge of U.S. history is incomparable, which is why his analysis is so essential. Whenever you read or listen to Chomsky one thing is guaranteed, you will learn a couple of things you have never heard before.

10 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Ahmed
  • moorhead, MN, USA
  • 09-29-05

Very good

enjoyable and honest. hope everyone would read it.

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  • James
  • River Foest, IL, USA
  • 10-07-05

Good food for open minds

The nice theory behind free speech is that, weighing the value of what another has to say, one can sharpen one's own ideas. Judging from the dull thud of the two reactionary reviewers to this audio book, it's highly doubtful they have actually downloaded it and listened to it. They make no point coming from the content itself, and in fact they make no point other than to question this country's leadership is of itself an act of treason and wrongness. (Beaucoups de brown shirts for the obedient ones, I say.) If we are forced to listen to a simpleton in the White House stammer and gush, we all should force ourselves to find intellectual antidote, for our own mental health, sure, but also for this democracy in which we live. Imperial Ambitions contains ideas that right wing ideologues should think through, and consider, and test in deliberation hid away from their fellow dittoheads. Then, if you come out thinking the same way as you went in, you can rest assured, refreshingly smug, that our national thinking is better led by a C- student, frat-rat, draft-dodging business failure with an intemporate demeanor, the common sense God gave wet napkins, and incredible family connections from a family headed by a full-time employee of the Saudi royal family. Which I guess makes our military, mired in sand of what used to be a mean neighbor to the House of Faad, sort of like your basic Brinks security patrol with wheels spinning on soggy lawn. This is what happens when you don't recognize Imperial Ambitions.

4 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Gia
  • lake forest park, WA, United States
  • 10-04-05

Bitter Socialist Opines

All should read or listen to Noam Chomsky. He snivels on behalf of our enemies, cries over the palestinians, bashes the civilized world.......and seems to think he's cool.
This man has hordes of the mindless and gullible groupies.

29 of 86 people found this review helpful

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  • Donald
  • Seattle, WA, USA
  • 10-04-05

Noam and The ACLU


Noam drones on in his continuing saga of "Amerika; The Real Enemy."

His moaning is encouraged by David Barsamian, recipient of the ACLU's Upton Sinclair Award.

17 of 71 people found this review helpful

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  • Sab London
  • 12-18-15

Thoughtful and exceptional insight

Magnificent discussions with Noam Chomsky. Highly recommended as an introduction the hegemony mechanisms of capitalism and imperialism