Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky

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Peter R. Mitchell, John Schoeffel
The New Press, 2002 - Political Science - 416 pages
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Noam Chomsky is universally accepted as one of the preeminent public intellectuals of the modern era. Over the past thirty years, broadly diverse audiences have gathered to attend his sold-out lectures. In 'Understanding power', Peter R. Mitchell and John Schoeffel have assembled the best of Chomsky's talks on the past, present, and future of the politics of power. In a series of enlightening and wide-ranging discussions, Chomsky radically reinterprets the events of the past three decades, covering topics from foreign policy during the Vietnam War to the decline of welfare under the Clinton administration. And as he elucidates the connection between America's imperialistic foreign policy and social inequalities at home, Chomsky also discerns the necessary steps to take toward social change. With an eye to political activism and the media's role in popular struggle, as well as U.S. foreign and domestic policy, 'Understanding power' is definitive Chomsky. Characterized by Chomsky's accessible and informative style, 'Understanding power' is the ideal book for those new to his work as well as for those who have been listening for years.

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An excellent, readable overview of Chomsky's ideas. - Goodreads
Great introduction to Chomsky's theories. - Goodreads
It is so succinct and easy to read it's kind of absurd. - Goodreads
This is a GREAT introduction to Noam Chomsky. - Goodreads
Fantastic introduction to Chomsky's political work. - Goodreads
Great introduction to Chomsky's political work. - Goodreads

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Most definitely essential reading. If there is one book that you read of Chomsky's or on the topic, then this is the one. It's a very important book in my opinion. Good news is that it's very easy to ... Read full review

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A fascinating introduction to the worldview of Noam Chomsky. Read full review



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Noam Chomsky was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 7, 1928. Son of a Russian emigrant who was a Hebrew scholar, Chomsky was exposed at a young age to the study of language and principles of grammar. During the 1940s, he began developing socialist political leanings through his encounters with the New York Jewish intellectual community. Chomsky received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied linguistics, mathematics, and philosophy. He conducted much of his research at Harvard University. In 1955, he began teaching at MIT, eventually holding the Ferrari P. Ward Chair of Modern Language and Linguistics. Today Chomsky is highly regarded as both one of America's most prominent linguists and most notorious social critics and political activists. His academic reputation began with the publication of Syntactic Structures in 1957. Within a decade, he became known as an outspoken intellectual opponent of the Vietnam War. Chomsky has written many books on the links between language, human creativity, and intelligence, including Language and Mind (1967) and Knowledge of Language: Its Nature, Origin, and Use (1985). He also has written dozens of political analyses, including Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (1988), Chronicles of Dissent (1992), and The Prosperous Few and the Restless Many (1993).

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