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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Encounter Books; First Edition edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 189355497X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893554979
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
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"Collier, Horowitz, and their six other authors have produced a book that has long been needed. It provides a penetrating coverage of the disgraceful career of a disgraceful but very influential man, who has so far avoided a criticism as thoroughgoing as this." --New Criterion --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Peter Collier has written well-regarded biographies of the Rockefellers, the Kennedys and the Fords. David Horowitz is the author of Radical Son, The Politics of Bad Faith, Left Illusions, and other books. He is the President of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture in Los Angeles, California.

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This book is both fascinating and insightful.
Eric Kent
Many of the points brought against Chomsky are about small issues like a single quote from one of his books, but the criticism is out of context and misleading.
B. S. Zielenski
I don't know about you, but if I were to find out that my country had something to do with that, I think it would be reason for concern.
James C. Moore

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369 of 514 people found the following review helpful By Steiner VINE VOICE on March 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
I'm sure that most of you will simply look at the rating above and immediately pass a dismissive judgment on my political beliefs and choose to not read the review. However, it is true that all political reviews are born of a political predisposition, and I am honest to enough to admit that this review is from a leftist. It is important for leftists and followers of Chomsky to not dismiss this book out of hand, to go through the evidence and judge only after you evaluate the criticisms and the factual record. On the other hand, for those of you on the right who are comfortable with the findings in this book, I urge you to consider the following:

Chapter 1 by Stephen Morris of Johns Hopkins University, called "Whitewashing Dictatorship in Communist Vietnam and Cambodia" of course attempts to make the case that Chomsky (and the far left in general), has apologized for the crimes of Communism during the United State's military involvement in Indochina during the 60's and 70's. However, I'm afraid Morris' scholarship is less than exemplary and makes incorrect assumptions about the nature of American involvement in Vietnam. Morris writes on the Communists, "the regime that controlled North Vietnam after 1954 was the political creation of the Vietnamese Communist Party [...] Its agenda was to seize total power, first by negotiation with the French, and from late 1946 on, by expelling the French from the region through armed force" (pg. 4). But what Morris presupposes here is that the Communists had no right to free themselves from French colonialism. He becomes confused on the next page while defining the ideology of the Vietnamese Communists, writing that, "North Vietnam was anything but democratic.
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190 of 265 people found the following review helpful By DavidC on January 23, 2006
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It is important to read some Chomsky before judging whether this book is any good. There are a lot of criticisms of Chomsky (much more praise though) and unless you know the facts you could assume that it is justified. Two examples that I know a little about:

Chomsky denies the Holocost: False. He allowed an essay of his about freedom of speech to appear in the introduction of a book denying the holocaust. In short: Freedom of speech must include freedom for ideas we don't like.

Chomsky is a Pol Pot apologist: False. He criticized the US for fabrication information about Pol Pot for US political ends. He always recognized that Pol Pot was a monster.

In general the logic goes that if Chomsky criticizes America then he must support the other side be it Russia, Kemer Rouge, Saddam, Osama etc. Most thinking people know that this is not the case but it can take time to get this crucial point.

He criticizes the American government a lot for two reasons: 1. America is the most powerful and therefore the most aggressive nation on Earth and 2. He is American and feels it is his moral responsibility to do something about this aggression. He can't do much about Russia or China but in his own country where he has so much freedom he is duty bound.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By yambaram on August 20, 2013
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This is indeed a must read. I finished it faster than I thought I would, as my curiousity and the findings of this book kept my eyes wide open.
I only give it 4 starts because some of the interpretations (about a fifth of the total number, but I'm not going get into it here) made by Peter Collier David Horowitz were a little bit exaggerated and maybe even misleading. However, sometimes it's necessary in order to make a point.
The main idea is inevitable, and they have done a great job at getting it across: Noam Chomsky has repeatedly lied, sympathized with the evil, mislead students, and spread unjust anti-everything feelings around the world. He's finally fully exposed, and I believe everybody can learn from his never-ending mistakes, especially if he/she has been manipulated by him at some point.
Highly recommended by me, that's for sure.
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41 of 58 people found the following review helpful By S. Liebertz on December 7, 2004
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I enjoy reading Horowitz, but I don't open a book written or edited by him expecting a sober and careful examination of leftist thought. With that in mind, this book definitely serves its purpose - to give those who already hate Chomsky some more intellectual ammunition. I doubt any Chomskyites will be swayed by it, because right from the start the book is so meanspirited, that it immediately puts sympathizers on the defensive. The book jacket, featuring a review from Alan Dershowitz, calls Chomsky an intellectual fraud and claims that nothing he says can be trusted. There are other blanket statements to that effect sprinkled throughout the book. So much for fairness.

Nevertheless, the book provides some good reminders that Chomsky has made some terrible predictions and has a tendency to overstate his case. Of course, I'd like to meet the 70something year old intellectual who hasn't made some glaring errors in the past.

The weaker chapters are on Chomsky's media theory and his supposed Holocaust revisionism. In the former, the author grossly misunderstands (or misrepresents) Chomksy's ideas to the point where he thinks that since the NYTimes and Wall St. Journal have different editorial viewpoints on various issues, somehow that refutes Chomsky's propaganda model. The latter chapter has some interesting tidbits about Chomsky's dealings with Holocaust deniers, but one wonders what the real point is. Chomsky used bad judgement, but does anyone seriously believe that he denies the Holocaust or wants to further the Holocaust denial movement? Since the right so often wastes space rehashing this incident, it makes me wonder if they're short on anti-Chomsky material.
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