The chapters, each covering discrete sessions with Chomsky, arrive in a question-and-answer format that at times becomes delightfully contentious. Chomsky holds forth on such disparate topics as American third-party politics, the stifling of true dissent, the illusion of a muscular media, heavy-handed American imperialism (from Southeast Asia to Mexico), a dysfunctional and self-destructing United States political left, the gilding of the Kennedy and Carter administrations, and the impotent state of labor unions.
The relatively accessibility of Understanding Power is a welcome balance to Chomsky's often formidable scholarly writings. This is a book best taken in doses: a sort of bedside reader. --H. O'Billovitch
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Great ideas, but I wish the editor would have been a bit more bold in pulling Chomsky's words together into a coherent flow of ideas. Read morePublished 14 hours ago by John Doe
Should be mandatory reading for all high school and college students. Explains how the world really works and who is in charge.
A fascinating read from start to finish. Even if you don't agree with his conclusions, you'll learn something from his reasoning process. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Charles Grayson
This was a very good book. Noam discusses topics that are not talked about in most other venues.Published 3 months ago by Michael Campbell
Wanted to read Noam Chomsky quite a while. Did not have in mind that he happens to be so far left. Eye-opener for rookies about how politics and how world is arranged with strong... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alexander Levshin
This book explains how the one percent control and manipulate us. The documentation of examples is outstanding.Published 4 months ago by James K. Miller
Read Chomsky and be simultaneously inspired and humbled. Understanding Power is, as noted, a compendium of Q&A sessions between NC and groups of presumably quite liberal activists. Read morePublished 4 months ago by David Dusty Cupples
He gave me an education in politics; taught me to wonder, question everything, and dig deeper.Published 5 months ago by Barbara Marr