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What Uncle Sam Really Wants (The Real Story Series) Paperback – July 1, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-1878825018 ISBN-10: 1878825011 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: The Real Story Series
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Odonian Press; 1 edition (July 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878825011
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878825018
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 4.2 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #883,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Highly recommended." -- Booklist

About the Author

Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor of Linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is the author of many books on U.S. foreign policy.

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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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Even though the book is fairly short, it is a great summary of Chomsky's beliefs.
R. D. Waters
This book should be required reading in all civics classes, history classes, ethics classes, American history, government, and political science classes.
Joseph C. Jenkins
One is the case of the Jacabo Arebenz government in Guatemala which the U.S. overthrew in 1954.
Chris

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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By R. D. Waters on May 27, 2004
Format: Paperback
A Chomsky Primer
As other reviewers have noted, this is a good introduction to Chomsky. The topics and themes of this summary are fully expanded in other works. While his critics can be numerous and often vicious, he is nevertheless a necessary voice in the dialog of democracy.
Chomsky's assertion that corporations drive American policy is one of the most common threads running throughout his works. Aided by their favorite tool, the media, corporations guide domestic and foreign policy deftly through the three branches of government. Another war critic, the late USMC Major General Smedley Butler, reflecting on his long military career said:
"I wouldn't go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket." - from "War is a Racket" (1935)
Chomsky makes a compelling case that indeed we have used our military to gain hegemony throughout the world in order to maintain our economic system. Consider that we have over a hundred military bases around the world for starters. Why would a democratic, peace-loving nation need such a presence? I think it would be more appropriate, however painful some might find this, to call the U.S. an empire.
In Latin America, the CIA and our military have repeatedly strong-armed progressive governments that want to restore assets to the lower classes. Whether it is sugar, fruit, oil, or banking interests, progressive governments are undermined and a more U.S.-friendly, conservative power is installed - often in the form of a dictatorship. When that government starts straying from the script, as in the case of Noriega in Panama, the U.S.
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33 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Chris on September 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
This little book, published in 1992, is one hundred and one pages and is of small dimensions, phamphlet like, and is of the type that can be read pretty quickly, and intends to introduce the critique of foreign affairs (and society in general) of the leading dissident left wing intellectual Noam Chomsky. Taken from excerpts from Chomsky's writings and speeches, Chomsky presents his analysis, more or less of the cold war, how U.S. planners during and after World War Two basically decided that the United States owned the world, and that the economic and political system of the world should cater to the needs of American capitalism. The Soviet Union gobbled up East Europe, the original third world, long exploited by the West, one of main reasons of the cold war, which had nothing to do with Stalinist totalitarianism. One of the original goals of the cold war was also to carry over the massive government involvement in the economy from World War two, that is massive government subsidy to private corporations, especially through the Pentagon system, and later NASA, the energy department,commerce department etc. a system which is mainly responsible today for the success of the computer industry and the internet(not Bill Gates), electronics, pharmaceuticals, and just about every other viable sector of the economy. The taxpayers fund the research and development, corporations reap the profit if there is any to be made.
Chomsky says that the primary concern of U.S. elites in their policy towards the third world was not really economic, such as securing cheap access to raw materials and labor, or at least it was not their primary concern.
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32 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
There is no question that if Noam Chomsky was a Russian writing about Russia in this way he'd spend his life in the Gulag. Few countries would allow him to continue lecturing and publishing.
Chomsky is no crackpot. He's a brilliant intellectual and a passionately ethical human being. If he is complaining about something, we'd better listen.
I'll give you a little taste of this book. These are some of the lies that we are told by our media:
1. That America wants to support democracy and human rights around the world. 2. That America opposes terrorism. 3. That America opposes international drug trafficking. 4. That Noriega was ousted from Panama because of drugs. 5. That the Vietnam War was fought to halt the spread of communism. 6. That America was ever afraid of Soviet military power.
If you are willing to re-evaluate every single thing you have come to believe about your country, pick up this little book. It gets right to the point and is extremely readable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Doepke on April 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
The publishing date is 1992, but the material hasn't dated at all. Fifteen intervening years have merely augmented Chomsky's thesis. Within its farflung empire, the US continues to intervene where and when it wants, public be darned. Iraq, of course, is just the latest chapter in that expanding volume of imperial adventures. This is a slender primer, yet chock-full of the kind of doors that still remain closed to a general public. It never ceases to amaze me how Chomsky assembles his material, not from dusty esoteric volumes, but from an easily accessed public record. Such is the wisdom of empire management here at home, not to suppress all dissent like the clumsy Soviets. Instead, embarrassing facts are marginalized by a vigilant retail media and a legion of spin doctors. I'm still awaiting a Chomsky interview on even C-Span, long after that "public service" channel has exhausted its dismal list of Repubocrat think tanks. Such, again, is the wisdom of empire management, Wall St.-Washington style. Anyway, the prose may be undemanding, but the facts are challenging. Put together in the usually lucid Chomsky manner, they're precisely the window public-spirited citizens need for understanding why so many others see us as they do.
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