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  • Series: Real Story (Soft Skull Press)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press (September 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781593764272
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593764272
  • ASIN: 1593764278
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Noam Chomsky is the author of numerous bestselling political books, including Hegemony or Survival, Failed States and Hopes and Prospects, all of which are published by Hamish Hamilton/Penguin. David Barsamian is the award-winning founder and director of Alternative Radio. He has authored several books of interviews with leading political thinkers. Arthur Naiman has authored, co-authored, edited and/or published more than thirty books, including Every Goy's Guide to Common Jewish Expressions and The Macintosh Bible. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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Noam Chomsky is one of the tallest thinkers of our times.
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If you have lived outside the USA, if you have ever ready Orwell's 1984, you will find the book easier to accept.
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As always, Noam is very readable, accurate, profound, detailed, wise, prophetic, concise and pithy.
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80 of 86 people found the following review helpful By David Wineberg TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 17, 2011
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Despite being a collection of four volumes published as much as 20 years ago, this invaluable collection is not the least out of date. Whether because nothing seems to change, or because we never seem to learn, or because the human condition so dictates, these books are as valid and valuable today as they were when first published. As usual, sterling editing makes them crisp, fast, effective and compact reads, and editors' notes expand acronyms possibly long forgotten. As always, highly recommended.
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67 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Peter Gardiner on October 15, 2011
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As always, Noam is very readable, accurate, profound, detailed, wise, prophetic, concise and pithy. This particular book is primarily a lightly edited composite transcript of a number of live interviews in which Noam fielded a very wide variety of questions without hesitation. Part of his genius is that he manages to precisely describe the gist of very complex situations using quite ordinary language and sentence structure, usually simple declarative sentences with very few multi-syllable words. Having tried to do the same with only marginal success, I say this is much rarer and more demanding than it sounds.
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Bad Apple on November 18, 2011
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As expected, How the World Works is another master work from Noam Chomsky. It contains mostly excerpts from interviews and lectures, so it doesn't really follow any sort of narrative format and the flow is sometimes choppy, but this book contains several nuggets and a few gems of unbelievably insightful wisdom from the man who is, arguably, the greatest thinker of our lifetime. Definitely worth reading!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By feedbackisgood on June 15, 2012
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Well, I don't know if the truth will set you physically free, but it will definitely free your mind of the vast amount of nonsense "mainstream" media will expose you too. One word of caution: After reading Chomsky you will no longer be a sheep. That means it may be difficult to deal with those around you who prefer to continue to take the blue pill. Just be patient with them.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John Pettey on October 5, 2012
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This is typical Chomsky. He provides the details and documentation showing the actions of the powerful (read: corporations and governments) in their relations with the weak (read: us). As always, no one is spared scrutiny.

Chomsky's profiles are discouraging, quite frankly. What makes them readable, and ultimately 'must-read,' is the necessity of making personal choices. Where will I shop? Will I vote? For whom? I will admit that I wish the world were a nicer place, but since it is as it is I will read Chomsky and be thankful for his work and his willingness to pay the price for telling the truth.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Fer on March 9, 2012
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It is just a journey, a mix of history, analysis, economics, led by the hand of a bright, unique intellectual and ethical guru. Don't miss it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Wild on June 14, 2012
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Received this book and read it cover to cover rather quickly (suspended other readings temporarily). Though I disagree with Prof. Chomsky from time to time it is in matters of degree rather than fundamentals. This book of interviews and talks ranges over a number of topics over a period of time primarily, it would appear, reflecting on the eighties and nineties. I found it to be highly enlightening as I was, during that period, distracted from following the empire closely by personal life turbulence. I recommend the book to those who appreciate insights into current events through the mind of an individual devoted to stepping outside the framework of the pictures presented by domestic media for mass consumption and who undertakes the serious research and thought that requires.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By vjwebster on March 16, 2012
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Superb - Chomsky at his most accomodating and charming. His questioners have been carefully selected which makes for a relaxed and thoughtful dialogue. Highly recommended.
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