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  • Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media | Edward S. Herman,Noam Chomsky

    Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Edward S. Herman, Noam Chomsky
    • Narrated By John Pruden
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    In this pathbreaking work, now with a new introduction, Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky show that, contrary to the usual image of the news media as cantankerous, obstinate, and ubiquitous in their search for truth and defense of justice, in their actual practice they defend the economic, social, and political agendas of the privileged groups that dominate domestic society, the state, and the global order.

    Sharyl Wooton says: "Deep"
  • Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky | Noam Chomsky,Peter R. Mitchell (editor),John Schoeffel (editor)

    Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky, Peter R. Mitchell (editor), John Schoeffel (editor)
    • Narrated By Robin Bloodworth
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    A major new collection from "arguably the most important intellectual alive" (The New York Times). Noam Chomsky is universally accepted as one of the preeminent public intellectuals of the modern era. Over the past thirty years, broadly diverse audiences have gathered to attend his sold-out lectures. Now, in Understanding Power, Peter Mitchell and John Schoeffel have assembled the best of Chomsky's recent talks on the past, present, and future of the politics of power.

    Senor Comatoso says: "Current times demand you get this into your head."
  • Requiem for the American Dream: The Principles of Concentrated Wealth and Power | Noam Chomsky

    Requiem for the American Dream: The Principles of Concentrated Wealth and Power

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
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    Noam Chomsky is widely regarded as the most influential thinker of our time, but never before has he devoted a major book to one topic: income inequality. Requiem for the American Dream is not an essay collection but an entire work of some 70,000 words, based on four years of interviews with Chomsky by the editors. It is a book that makes Chomsky's breadth and depth accessible and at the same time gives us his most powerful political ideas with unprecedented, breathtaking directness.

    BruceK says: "Documents how US plutocracy oppresses citizens"
  • Who Rules the World? | Noam Chomsky

    Who Rules the World?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky
    • Narrated By Brian Jones
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    In an incisive, thorough analysis of the current international situation, Noam Chomsky argues that the United States, through its military-first policies and its unstinting devotion to maintaining a world-spanning empire, is both risking catastrophe and wrecking the global commons.

    Amazon Customer says: "Horrible narration by Brian Jones"
  • On Anarchism | Noam Chomsky,Nathan Schneider (introduction)

    On Anarchism

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky, Nathan Schneider (introduction)
    • Narrated By Eric Martin
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    On Anarchism provides the reasoning behind Noam Chomsky's fearless lifelong questioning of the legitimacy of entrenched power. In these essays, Chomsky redeems one of the most maligned ideologies, anarchism, and places it at the foundation of his political thinking. Chomsky's anarchism is distinctly optimistic and egalitarian. Moreover, it is a living, evolving tradition that is situated in a historical lineage; Chomsky's anarchism emphasizes the power of collective, rather than individualist, action.

    Armen Pandola says: "Chomsky Delivers - Again"
  • Profit Over People: Neoliberalism & Global Order | Noam Chomsky

    Profit Over People: Neoliberalism & Global Order

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky
    • Narrated By Brian Jones
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    Why is the Atlantic slowly filling with crude petroleum, threatening a millions-of-years-old ecological balance? Why did traders at prominent banks take high-risk gambles with the money entrusted to them by hundreds of thousands of clients around the world, expanding and leveraging their investments to the point that failure led to a global financial crisis that left millions of people jobless and hundreds of cities economically devastated?

    Maxwell Boyle says: "Eye Opener"
  • On Language: Chomsky's Classic Works 'Language and Responsibility' and 'Reflections on Language' | Noam Chomsky,Mitsou Ronat

    On Language: Chomsky's Classic Works 'Language and Responsibility' and 'Reflections on Language'

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky, Mitsou Ronat
    • Narrated By Fajer Al-Kaisi
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    Described by the New York Times as "arguably the most important intellectual alive," Noam Chomsky is known throughout the world for his highly influential writings on language and politics. Featuring two of Chomsky's most popular and enduring books in one omnibus volume, On Language contains some of the noted linguist and political critic's most informal and accessible work to date, making it an ideal introduction to his thought.

    Shellie says: "It was boring to listen to"
  • The Essential Chomsky | Noam Chomsky,Anthony Arnove (editor)

    The Essential Chomsky

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky, Anthony Arnove (editor)
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
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    In a single volume, the seminal writings of the world's leading philosopher, linguist, and critic, published to coincide with his 80th birthday. For the past 40 years Noam Chomsky's writings on politics and language have established him as a preeminent public intellectual and as one of the most original and wide-ranging political and social critics of our time. Among the seminal figures in linguistic theory over the past century, since the 1960s Chomsky has also secured a place as perhaps the leading dissident voice in the United States.

    Thomas Dargan says: "Hard to listen to after the first hour"
  • Global Discontents: Conversations on the Rising Threats to Democracy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Noam Chomsky, David Barsamian - Interviewer
    • Narrated By Noam Chomsky
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    In wide-ranging interviews with David Barsamian, his longtime interlocutor, Noam Chomsky asks listeners to consider "the world we are leaving to our grandchildren": one imperiled by the escalation of climate change and the growing potential for nuclear war. If the current system is incapable of dealing with these threats, he argues, it's up to us to radically change it.

  • Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies | Noam Chomsky

    Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
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    In his 1988 CBC Massey Lecture, Noam Chomsky inquires into the nature of the media in a political system where the population cannot be disciplined by force and thus must be subjected to more subtle forms of ideological control. Specific cases are illustrated in detail, using the U.S. media primarily but also media in other societies.

    Machine Learner says: "Challenging even for radical minds"
  • Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance | Noam Chomsky

    Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky
    • Narrated By Brian Jones, Noam Chomsky
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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.

    Jazz Listener says: "Great book, lousy reader"
  • Rogue States: The Rule of Force in World Affairs | Noam Chomsky

    Rogue States: The Rule of Force in World Affairs

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Noam Chomsky
    • Narrated By Brian Jones
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    Noam Chomsky argues that, contrary to popular perception, the real "rogue" states in the world today are not the dictator-led developing countries we hear about in the news but the United States and its allies. He challenges the legal and humanitarian reasons given to justify intervention in global conflicts in order to reveal the West's reliance on the rule of force. He examines NATO's intervention in Kosovo, the crisis in East Timor, and US involvement in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Latin America.

    CHET YARBROUGH says: "GADFLY"
  • Interventions | Noam Chomsky

    Interventions

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
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    Interventions, by Noam Chomsky, is getting new press after the Pentagon banned the book from Guantanamo Bay's prison library. Interventions is Noam Chomsky at his best. Not since his all-time best-selling title, 9/11, published in the Open Media series in 2001, have readers and listeners had a timely, short, affordable Chomsky. Unlike 9/11, Interventions is a writerly work - a series of more than 30 tightly argued essays aimed at various aspects of U.S. power and politics in the post-9/11 world. While critical of U.S. military interventions around the globe, each piece in the book is in itself an intellectual intervention.

    Susie says: "Chomsky on Fire"
  • Hopes and Prospects | Noam Chomsky

    Hopes and Prospects

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky
    • Narrated By Brian Jones
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    In this urgent new book, Noam Chomsky examines the dangers and prospects of our early 21st century. Exploring challenges such as the growing gap between North and South, American exceptionalism (including under President Obama), the fiascos of Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S.-Israeli assault on Gaza, and the recent recent financial bailouts, he also sees hope for the future. Chomsky surveys the democratic wave in Latin America and the growing global solidarity movements.

    AR says: "An Intellectual Wind Tunnel"
  • The Washington Connection and Third World Fascism: The Political Economy of Human Rights - Volume I | Noam Chomsky,Edward S. Herman

    The Washington Connection and Third World Fascism: The Political Economy of Human Rights - Volume I

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky, Edward S. Herman
    • Narrated By Brian Jones
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    A brilliant, shattering, and convincing account of United States-backed suppression of political and human rights in the Third World... It relentlessly dissects the official views of Establishment scholars and their journals. The "best and brightest" pundits of the status quo emerge from this audiobook thoroughly denuded of their credibility.

  • Propaganda and the Public Mind | Noam Chomsky,David Barsamian

    Propaganda and the Public Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky, David Barsamian
    • Narrated By Brian Jones
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    Renowned interviewer David Barsamian showcases his unique access to Chomsky's thinking on a number of topics of contemporary and historical import. Chomsky offers insights into the institutions that shape the public mind in the service of power and profit. In an interview conducted after the important November 1999 "Battle in Seattle", Chomsky discusses prospects for building a movement to challenge corporate domination of the media, the environment, and even our private lives.

    Susie says: "Letting the Facts Speak for Themselves"
  • Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda | Noam Chomsky

    Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 9 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky
    • Narrated By Noam Chomsky
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    Noam Chomsky’s backpocket classic on wartime propaganda and opinion control begins by asserting two models of democracy - one in which the public actively participates, and one in which the public is manipulated and controlled. According to Chomsky, "propaganda is to democracy as the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state", and the mass media is the primary vehicle for delivering propaganda in the United States.

    el_bobito says: "kind of a rip-off"
  • What We Say Goes: Conversations on U.S. Power in a Changing World | Noam Chomsky,David Barsamian

    What We Say Goes: Conversations on U.S. Power in a Changing World

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky, David Barsamian
    • Narrated By Noam Chomsky, David Barsamian
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    In this all new collection of conversations, Noam Chomsky explores the most immediate and urgent concerns: Iran’s challenge to the United States, the deterioration of the Israel-Palestine conflict, the ongoing occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, the rise of China, and the growing power of the left in Latin America, as well as the Democratic victory in the U.S. midterm elections and its ramifications for the future.

    steve says: "Chomsky for President!!"
  • Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy | Noam Chomsky

    Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
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    The United States has repeatedly asserted its right to intervene militarily against "failed states" around the globe. In this much-anticipated sequel to his international best seller Hegemony or Survival, Noam Chomsky turns the tables, charging the United States with being a "failed state", and therefore a danger to its own people and the world.

    Todd says: "Incredible and Unforgettable"
  • Turning the Tide: U.S. Intervention in Central America and the Struggle for Peace | Noam Chomsky

    Turning the Tide: U.S. Intervention in Central America and the Struggle for Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky
    • Narrated By Brian Jones
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    Noam Chomsky addresses relations throughout Central America and relates these to superpower conflicts and the overall impact of the Cold War on international relations.

    Red Shield says: "Can you Handel the truth?"
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