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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I've known of Chomsky for quite a while but just recently i've started to realize the magnitude of this man's intellect.Published 13 days ago by Jim Sommer
Noam Chomsky is a tragic case of an intellectual that suffers from an advanced case of Alzheimer but insinuates that there is nothing wrong with him. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Jaysonrex
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 2 months 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 2 months 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 5 months ago by Charles Grayson
This was a very good book. Noam discusses topics that are not talked about in most other venues.Published 5 months ago by Michael Campbell