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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 the Audio CD edition.

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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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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Encounter Books; 1St Edition edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 189355497X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893554979
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
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Ignore the absurdities and sophistries spouted by the Chomsky cultists who have come here to flood this book with one-star reviews. They are brilliant (pseudo-) "intellectuals" who know much more than common sense. Read their writings, and you will see that their talking points directly echo Chomsky's own words.

There are no straw men here. Chomsky DID support Pol Pot. He made no bones about it--during the genocide. Let's allow the man to speak for himself, shall we?

"...the evacuation of Phnom Penh, widely denounced at the time and since for its undoubted brutality, may actually have saved many lives. It is striking that the crucial facts rarely appear in the chorus of condemnations."
After the Cataclysm [South End Press, 1979]

"The victors in Cambodia undertook drastic and often brutal measures to accomplish this task, simply forcing the urban population into the countryside where they were compelled to live the lives of poor peasants, now organized in a decentralized system of communes. At heavy cost, these measures appear to have overcome the dire and destructive consequences of the U.S. war by 1978."
Ibid.

"...executions have numbered at most in the thousands; these were localized in areas of limited Khmer Rouge influence and unusual peasant discontent, where brutal revenge killings were aggravated by the threat of starvation resulting from the American destruction and killing."
Ibid.

"While all of the countries of Indochina have been subjected to endless denunciations in the West for their 'loathsome' qualities and unaccountable failure to find humane solutions to their problems, Cambodia was a particular target of abuse.
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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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These essays are about Chomsky a famous linguistic with extreme Left wing views that he fits conveniently in his 'theories', which are then taken literally by his camp of naive followers. Grant him, some of his assertions are interesting and possibly true but he's over rated by far and that's why the analysis offered here is interesting.

Different scholars raising each a different theme making this book challenging and thought provoking, showing the double standards he employs. Nichols for instance shows Chomsky's historiography to be deficient: interpreting certain information as 'facts' when suits him, using some footnotes as nothing more than a smoke screen, exaggerating numbers, ignoring fresh evidence etc. all these tactics to achieve exactly what he denounces.
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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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