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  • Posted November 15, 2009

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    Chomsky -- Essentially better read backwards.

    arnove, in a commitment to editing chomsky in chronological order, put the pole vault as the first hurdle in a high-hurdles event. the bf skinner critique, easily the linguistic specialist's interest is least interesting to the general reader. a few of the linguistic articles can hold the general interest. the other handful are best viewed from the back row in a debate hall.

    chomsky speaks for me when he examines the US foreign policy since wwii as an imperialistic exercise in spreading our influence over the "Grand Area". of particular interest was his revelations of US support for indonesia in its subjugation of East Timor. he opens the timeline, sharing the media's lack of interest, if not disdain for the newsworthiness and outright terror indonesia practiced in the name of stability.

    the selected articles cover in order all our troop deployments since the korean conflict, in particular how we involved ourselves in vietnam. chomsky has traced the role of insurgency from that war of choice, and our adaption of "counter-insurgency" tactics in every theatre since. he doesn't overlook the carribean, either.

    an interesting take-away for this reader, in light of all the dont-trust-your-government movements of the moment, chomsky gives reason for the right and left to dialogue on why and how we got in these predicaments. he identifies the uncritical assent the right and the left give to our imperialst policy, either directly or inadvertently.

    the book covers over 50 years of chomsky's work, from the early '50s through 2006. i skipped the closing chapter, the afterward to his "Failed States", as i have that book sitting on the shelf and look forward to reading it.

    in full-disclosure mode, i read this as a book-club selection; as an alumni of chomsky's closest academic affiliation. i don't recommend this for the general-purpose club or audience, unless for example, you are willing to be open to the idea of anarchy, and not feel compelled to paint black and white lines everywhere.

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  • Posted March 17, 2010

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    It's Chomsky....

    what else can you say. My husband wanted a Chomsky book for Christmas, so I went with this one. He liked it very much.

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