- Series: New Press Essential
- Paperback: 515 pages
- Publisher: The New Press (February 12, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1595581898
- ISBN-13: 978-1595581891
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Essential Chomsky (New Press Essential)
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About the Author
Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor emeritus of linguistics at MIT and the author of numerous books including Chomsky vs. Foucault: A Debate on Human Nature, On Language, Objectivity and Liberal Scholarship, and Towards a New Cold War (all published by The New Press). He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Top Customer Reviews
Since some of the essays are excerpts of chapters in his various books, some readers familiar with Chomsky may find it repetitive. For someone completely new to Chomsky, I would recommend "Understanding Power" as a much more comprehensive, readable place to start.
but for my money any volume entitled Essential Chomsky should strike a much more even balance between his linguistic work and political work.
I do not feel that this book is sufficiently representative of the likelihood that the evolution of language in primates, the impact of language on the social strucures of Homo Sapiens, and the monkey politics of our present day American condition are essentially all 'of a piece' in this great intellect.
That's my opinion, anyway...
Anyhow, buy this book. It really makes you appreciate how much of an intellectual luminary and genius Chomsky is. There is such a muscularity to his arguments sometimes. It's so beautiful. And his face too. What a face. I just love looking at it. No, seriously, it inspires me. Chomsky inspires me so much, even though I know he hates the cult of the personality and would think me pathological for admiring him in this sycophantic, vaguely repellent way.