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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Shocked at the amount of information stacked in one book. Literally chock full of information and logical arguments for chomsky's libertarian-socialism, critique of capitalism and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joshua Cho
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 1 month 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 3 months ago by Charles Grayson
This was a very good book. Noam discusses topics that are not talked about in most other venues.Published 4 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 5 months ago by Alexander Levshin
This book explains how the one percent control and manipulate us. The documentation of examples is outstanding.Published 5 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 5 months ago by David Dusty Cupples