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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Books (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805096159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805096156
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Chomsky is a global phenomenon... perhaps the most widely read voice on foreign policy on the planet."—Samantha Power, The New York Times Book Review

"Sitting down and talking to Noam Chomsky about current affairs has to be one of the most illuminating experiences going. But what if you can’t always think of the best questions? Not to worry: David Barsamian’s interviews with Chomsky consistently ask penetrating and provocative questions. If you’re familiar with Chomsky, he will still manage to surprise you."—Political Affairs

About the Author

Noam Chomsky is the author of numerous bestselling political works, including Hegemony or Survival and Failed States. A professor of linguistics and philosophy at MIT, he is widely credited with having revolutionized modern linguistics. He lives outside Boston, Massachusetts.

David Barsamian, director of the award-winning and widely syndicated Alternative Radio, is the winner of the Lannan Foundation's 2006 Cultural Freedom Fellowship and the ACLU’s Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism. Barsamian lives in Boulder, Colorado.


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Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston. A member of the American Academy of Science, he has published widely in both linguistics and current affairs. His books include At War with Asia, Towards a New Cold War, Fateful Triangle: The U. S., Israel and the Palestinians, Necessary Illusions, Hegemony or Survival, Deterring Democracy, Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy and Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media.

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I got this from my local library and read the entire thing in a few hours.
meacara
Much of the source material that's presented in the endnotes is either his own work or journalistic pieces from within the last decade.
T. Kunikov
Overall, reading Chomsky and Barsamian's provocative questions makes this a book worth the time and thought.
Nick J. Cuccia

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By meacara on April 27, 2013
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I got this from my local library and read the entire thing in a few hours. It is a very concise (only 175 pages of actual text), and easy to read book about modern economic/war/political systems. It is also extremely accurate except for his opinion on the theory of mind for autistics. I have a feeling that he's read a lot on the topic, but hasn't had too many interactions with people on the spectrum, like myself. We are able to be empathetic, many times moreso than "normal" people, but don't always see the whole picture of what the other person is showing us, the way a neurotypical (someone not on the spectrum) would be able to. This means our response is frequently wrong, as with incomplete information you can easily reach the wrong conclusion.

Aside from that, the picture he paints is amazing and horrifying due to the abuse of power that has been allowed and even promoted. Whenever I read a book on politics or economics, I figure if I come away horrified and infuriated (which also requires me to learn something, as reviewing already known information doesn't do that for me), the author has done his/her job. Chomsky is more than successful. He does a brilliant job of explaining things in enough detail for the person to understand if they're not familiar with the topic, while not saying too much and losing the reader.

The other topics he addresses in the book are education and human linguistics. Although Chomsky gets a bit long-winded in the linguistics section, the two chapters are extremely interesting. I loved the example of the teacher of the American Revolution becoming authoritarian a couple weeks before introducing the topic as a way of getting the kids to understand what would make a people revolt.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Bill Weston on February 5, 2013
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I am often surprised when I read Chomsky that what I believed for quite some time
and how I felt about it was really wrong--and what I considered to be merely a
conspiracy theory actually has provable attributes that merit further examination.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By tony on January 30, 2013
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Nobody like him in our world that defines and expresses thought so clearly and short - Few words with so much content -
highly recommended
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DG on May 26, 2013
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The Barsamian interviews with Noam Chomsky are some of the most accessible and entertaining ways to understand Prof. Chomsky's work. I recommend all of them.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine.K.S on April 28, 2013
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Chomsky changed my life,and he never fails me with his foresight and literary prowess. Everyone could benefit from a little bit of Noam :)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MikeC on May 14, 2013
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Chomsky tells it like it is, plain and simple. It's all archival objective data. He discusses occurrences that have actually transpired, not speculative incidents. It's a sad realization regarding America's "for profit" mentality when it comes to a complete hegemonic ideology, and shines a light on horrid transactions and contrivances in the name of democracy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Burl on April 27, 2013
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Noam Chomsky is one of the brightest minds of this and the last century. We would all do well to listen to what he says.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By psaczkowski on February 28, 2013
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This is a good overview of Chomsky's thoughts on current and historical issues. Like ever, his knowledge of world events is encyclopedic. I find his interviews less rigorous than his other written work, but also less tedious. If you are new to Chomsky, this is a good place to start. If you have been following his work, you probably won't experience much that you haven't before. For me, this was a good refresher after not reading him for a while and also a reminder of why he still is one the most important political writers of our time.
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