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Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Who Rules the World? by Noam Chomsky, read by Brian Jones.

Internationally renowned political commentator Noam Chomsky examines America's pursuit and exercise of power in a post-9/11 world.

Noam Chomsky is the world's foremost intellectual activist. Over the last half century, no one has done more to question the great global powers who govern our lives, forensically scrutinizing policies and actions, calling our politicians, institutions and media to account.

The culmination of years of work, Who Rules the World? is Chomsky's definitive intellectual investigation into the major issues of our times. From the dark history of the US and Cuba to China's global rise, from torture memos to sanctions on Iran, Chomsky explores how America's talk of freedom and human rights is often at odds with its actions.

Delving deep into the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Israel/Palestine, he provides nuanced, surprising insights into the workings of modern-day imperial power. The world's political and financial elite have become ever more insulated from democratic constraints on their actions.

Chomsky shines a powerful light on this inconvenient truth. With climate change and nuclear proliferation threatening the survival of our civilization, the message has never been more pertinent or more urgent: the need for an engaged and active public to steer the world away from disaster grows ever greater.

Fiercely outspoken and rigorously argued, Who Rules the World? is an indispensable guide to how things really are from the lone authoritative voice courageous and clear-sighted enough to tell us the truth.

©2016 Noam Chomsky (P)2016 Penguin Books Limited

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-07-16

Sober Critique

An excellent analysis of post world war 2 global politics. If you are interested in current affairs and politics give this a go.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • John Hodgson
  • 10-31-17

A must read for anyone

Clear, well sourced assessment of 20th century US, British, and Israeli foreign policy. You'll never view the media narrative the same way again

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  • chris perry
  • 09-10-17

great content

I found the content extremely enlightening.
The narrator's delivery sometimes caused me to tune out

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  • julien
  • 07-31-17

repetitive

classic chompsky, nothing new, quite disapointing actually, he repeats whole chapters, and most of the material he uses he already used at lenght elsewhere.

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  • lee
  • 06-17-17

Learn how truly biased western media is.

Chomsky cuts through the corporate backed propaganda to tell the world who truly wields the power and how the media covers this up.

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  • nev
  • 02-15-17

"Rock'N'Roll"

Absolutely brilliant.
"The Chomsky" This should be taught up and down the world never mind a select few country's.
Learned a lot through this man and definitely through this book.
The narrator was awesome too.
Favourite part was being opened up to how the world works and doesn't work,. AWESOME!!!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • mwigas
  • 04-13-17

A+

Classic Chomsky at his visceral best, unflinching, characteristically scathing of Western Diplomacy and the horrors it inflicts on both peoples in the developing world and at home.

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  • Mr. R. D. Cox
  • 04-02-17

Revelations 2.0

Ed explains how power is exerted through Force violence and capital around the world. Was it doesn't explain is the continuance across Generations. Describes house similar George Washington was to George Bush but doesn't give a theory as to why

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  • G. Erlendsson
  • 07-11-16

The flip side is no less blind

The book is a political rhetoric counter to the view of the American Taliban (Tea Party). Although an interesting paradigm it is no less flawed than the typical right wing propaganda. The propaganda here being that there is a bad guy (America and the West) and all the ills in the world are their fault.

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  • Moshe Bouhnik
  • 10-09-17

Childish, one sided and huge waist of time

I really believed that this book would be a deep review over the powers of the world.
To my disappointment, I found a one sided book, blind, filled with prejudice and without taking into account all of the facts.

The book is full with cases all blaming the US and Israel, without taking into account any of the difficulties which they are facing. In some parts of the book he actually tries to give excuses for North Korea and Iran.

It tries to claim that the US is working against the world for it own interest, and that interest only portray the interest of the Eilit. The first part is obvious - each country must satisfy the interest of the citizens of that country. The second part is simply false - and you can see that by the simple fact that there are immigrant from all over the world to the US, whereas the number of immigrants to Venezuela, Iran, North Korea and other countries which Noam Chomsky advocate, is slim to none.

Another issue in the book is in its selection of test cases - all without a solid background.
For example, you cannot really understand the hostility between Israel and Iran, or US and Iran without mentioning the continues cries for the destruction of Israel and US by the people and leadership of Iran - a fact that was not mentioned at all in the book.
Also the good relationship between Israel and Iran before the Iranian Revolution, and how it changed totally after it.

To conclude, this is a poor book to fully understand the issues in the world.
I really had expected more from Prof. Noam Chomsky.

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  • Johnny
  • 10-30-17

Noam chomsky brilliant as always

Some theories are a little repetitive but overall good. Recommend reading last chapter first for summary.

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  • James
  • 08-12-17

Good But Repetitive

Love chomsky but the repetition in this work and with respect to others in huge.

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  • 07-07-17

Dense but eye-opening.

Brian Jones's deep voice, clearly picked for its similarity to Chomsky's, is hard to hear sometimes. Even with the volume way up, I found myself not catching words here and there. In a book this information-dense that meant hitting the rewind button a lot.

Chomsky repeats himself often in this book, perhaps to make sure the reader remembers key details, but it's usually a word for word repetition that makes you think you've accidentally jumped back a few chapters.

This book made me realise how little history I knew. There's a certain amount of assumed knowledge for this book - I had to pause and google names and events so that I could follow along in some parts. That's no fault of Chomsky's, though. If you lived through the cold war or have an American education then it's probably all pretty familiar.

I've wanted to read a Noam Chomsky book for a long time and I'm glad it was this one. He quotes several other books throughout, as well, so I'll be able to flesh out my knowledge of some of the topics and events he spoke of.

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  • Kate
  • 04-11-17

Essential Information for citizens of the west.

I will listen to this again as so much to take in. Just so important!

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  • Amanda
  • 03-15-17

Too difficult to listen to

What disappointed you about Who Rules the World??

Quite a turgid reading, very dry and hard to follow

What was most disappointing about Noam Chomsky’s story?

To difficult to get to the point, I kept losing interest and never really getting to the story. Didn't get past chapter 1 before deciding I hated it.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator is formal and boring sounding. If I wasn't walking while I was listening I would have fallen asleep.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom

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  • Anna
  • 12-09-16

brilliant and terrifying

Another almost unbelievable insite into US power. Another must read. Low star rating only due to the lack of a logical progress through the book, it is not clearly structured or segmented to allow easy listening.

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  • Anthony
  • 12-06-16

insightful

A very insightful read. Everone needs to read it. People need to understand the truth of what the media and govt tell them.

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  • Quinton
  • 11-26-16

brilliant overview and analysis of how we got here

loved it! so informative, although the level of honesty about US global behaviour leaves little hope for the future...

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  • Rory
  • 11-08-16

Brilliant and insightful

An essential read for anyone who believes in democracy, self determination and being honest with themselves. A searing and comprehensive dismantling of the dishonest intellectuals lauding praise on the cliche of the first black American President and American exceptionalism in general.