• The Culture of Terrorism

  • By: Noam Chomsky
  • Narrated by: Brian Jones
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (139 ratings)

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The Culture of Terrorism

By: Noam Chomsky
Narrated by: Brian Jones
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This scathing critique of US political culture is a brilliant analysis of the Iran-Contra scandal. Chomsky offers a message of hope, reminding us resistance is possible.

©1988, 1989 Noam Chomsky (P)2015 Audible Inc.

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Chomsky's prescient history of Reagan's terror

This is Noam Chomsky's 1998 analysis of the Reagan administration's failed Central American policy that resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands as well as the destabilization of economies and governments in the name of the protection of the United States from a nonexistent enemy, global communism. Chomsky's reasoned analysis also shines the light on the complicity of the United States media in failing to report the truth behind America's illegal and immoral interference with democracy and human rights progressive, popular reforms of the dictatorships who serve our wealthy institutions. It is fascinating to learn how Reagan utilized the threat of terrorism to convince the American public to look the other way while he intervened illegally in the operations of other countries in the name of defense of our way of life that was supposedly threatened by the popular elections in Nicaragua. The same rhetoric now drives the Republican race for the presidency with racially blind hatred of Islam and Hispanics in the name of public and economic safety. See for example Ted Cruz' popular threat to carpet bomb ISIS in spite of the Geneva Convention and Marco Rubio's call for massive defense spending to save us from a foe without an airplane or a ship. The tried and true gambit of Reagan’s prevarications is rising again seventeen years after Chomsky's excellent and prescient analysis..

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Very biased, it is true though but more complex

A lot of truth in this book but very slanted and biased. I was interested to how this was presented compared to what I remembered.

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Everyone should hear this.

Noam Chomsky is surely the most intelligent and prolific writer on public policy, politics, and most important, who owns the world.

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The most boring book about the Contra War

Noam Chomsky’s book on the so called Contra War is a pretty well thought out book about the war and how it was presented to the world by the Reagan administration. With lots of the media’s help (and incompetence), the Reagan administration mostly succeed in hiding the corruption and war crimes ridden U.S. backed rebel, the Contras, who fought against the Sandinista, the left wing government of Nicaragua, who successfully overthrew the country’s horrible dictator.
Chomsky’s book is excellent and very political science heavy, rather than major battles. It does seem dated a bit at times since I think the book was written in the early 1990s but it still works and gets its message across.
But the narrator of this book sucks! He is so boring. He reads the book in such a dry monotone that you will probably fall asleep. He literally turns this book into a boring college textbook. Horrible narrator. His performance basically kills the whole audiobook and I would skip and listen to this book because of him.

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Chomsky stays saying what the corrupt won't....

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Sadly the terror culture persists

A great historical argument about the 1980s criminal wars imposed against Nicaraguan and the rest of Central American poors.

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enlightening and enraging

We should all know this, even though it is enraging at times to hear the extent of the human damage that the US has fostered abroad. It spends A LOT of time talking about Nicaragua, but I think it's justified because of what clear of an example it is to US interventionism abroad.