• Who Rules the World?

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  • By: Noam Chomsky
  • Narrated by: Brian Jones
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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Who Rules the World?

By: Noam Chomsky
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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 Audio
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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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  • Farhana Akthar
  • 01-28-18

Terrible narrator

The book itself is really good but the narrators voice is really sleep inducing. Feel asleep pretty much every time I listened to it, so bought the actual paper copy instead.

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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.

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  • tom01111
  • 01-08-20

good book

I struggled to finish this book due to the narration, he's fine, if quite boring in his intonation.

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  • Alex Smith
  • 01-03-17

Just a stream of anti U.S rhetoric

The title of the book is very misleading and goes completely unanswered. The entire book is just example after example of instances where the U.S acted immorally or unjustly or however you want to call it. As correct as this analysis may be it makes for an extremely boring book with no clear structure or point. For a book with such a grand title and an author of such renown I was bitterly disappointed with a such a narrow, repetitive, pointless book.

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  • Phil A
  • 08-20-20

Outstanding

How the West has lost its way and why. A book for those who haven't stopped thinking.

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  • RiWoo
  • 06-07-19

plus and minus

In depth discussion on a range of topics, but it felt like the entire book was being narrated like a movie trailer.

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  • Al
  • 10-11-18

must read again

will need to lusten to this book several times as there is so much factual information ... easy listening.. Very enlightening

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  • M. Zoltan Fekete
  • 10-08-18

Brilliant and a must...

...for anyone interested in politics or international affairs. Well-structured, good topic selection, interesting context provided

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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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  • 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.

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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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  • 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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  • Pieter
  • 09-05-21

An interesting listen worthy of some fact checking

A horrifying account of American hegemony. Much of which is not surprising if you don't take for granted that America is the "shining city on the hill" that it prefers to have people believe.

Unfortunately the book lacks some structure with a meandering approach to describing past horrors and how those may be interpreted from the recepients' side. While also having many references to laws, transnational agreements and names of military operations, there were some occasional that I would appreciate clearer references.

One point that Chomsky conveys well throughout this book is that the idea of Democrats vs Republicans as good vs evil is a false dichotomy. While stating outright that Republicans have abandoned reason in their capture by corporate entities, he cites multiple actions by Obama, Clinton and even JFK to proof that the Democrats are not far behind.

Sadly Chomsky provides few answers and has a naive reverence for indigenous people's solutions to many of society's challenges. While it may be true that many indigenous peoples dependent on the Commons for survival (i.e. poor) have advocated against the exploitation of nature, it is hardly universal and much less so without their dependency.

Regaldless of these critiques, this book is worth a critical read for a non-mainstream perspective of modern American history.

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  • Roger Douglas Stewart
  • 04-22-21

Do not buy as audio

Great book but can’t hear the guy speaking, he is far to quite , I have no problems with other readers but this guy needs kicked out now

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-17-20

a good read

really immersive narration.

a good read thanks

the author sarcastically brings down the western administration.

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  • Robbie Hammond
  • 07-23-20

brilliant

if common knowlage that has been reinforced your entire life derives your entire understanding of the world is exposed to be remarkably biased it becomes difficult to act as if the rest of your thoughts and understndings are based in reality

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  • Marita
  • 09-27-19

Not an easy read

I got through it and glad I did. The last sentence was the big message - 'Who rules the world? The question really is What principles rule the world?'. It certainly made me think about how much rhetoric and propaganda I accept without question. This book came across as a rant against American and Israeli politics and what are the drivers. You'd have to be seriously knowledgeable to discern how much is rhetoric and how much is indeed fact - those under attack have no opportunity in the book to defend themselves (such as every American president in the last century), and unless you've got the time to research it all yourself, you just have to hear it and move on. I neither accept nor reject, but am very grateful to Mr Chomsky for waking me up to a much broader range of possibilities. He paints a frightening picture. If the leaders of this world choose to ignore principles of law, and do whatever it takes to get the job done, regardless of the law, then we have a lot to be concerned about.

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  • Dennis
  • 11-02-18

eye opening

loved it. One day the message will spread and people will revolt. The truth always comes out

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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.