9-11: Was There an Alternative? [NOOK Book]

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In 9-11, published in November 2001 and arguably the single most influential post 9-11 book, internationally renowned thinker Noam Chomsky bridged the information gap around the World Trade Center attacks, cutting through the tangle of political opportunism, expedient patriotism, and general conformity that choked off American discourse in the months immediately following. Chomsky placed the attacks in context, marshaling his deep and nuanced knowledge of American foreign policy to trace the history of American ...
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Overview

In 9-11, published in November 2001 and arguably the single most influential post 9-11 book, internationally renowned thinker Noam Chomsky bridged the information gap around the World Trade Center attacks, cutting through the tangle of political opportunism, expedient patriotism, and general conformity that choked off American discourse in the months immediately following. Chomsky placed the attacks in context, marshaling his deep and nuanced knowledge of American foreign policy to trace the history of American political aggression--in the Middle East and throughout Latin America as well as in Indonesia, in Afghanistan, in India and Pakistan--at the same time warning against America’s increasing reliance on military rhetoric and violence in its response to the attacks, and making the critical point that the mainstream media and public intellectuals were failing to make: any escalation of violence as a response to violence will inevitably lead to further, and bloodier, attacks on innocents in America and around the world. This new edition of 9-11, published on the tenth anniversary of the attacks and featuring a new preface by Chomsky, reminds us that today, just as much as ten years ago, information and clarity remain our most valuable tools in the struggle to prevent future violence against the innocent, both at home and abroad.
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Editorial Reviews

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• "9-11 was practically the only counter-narrative out there at a time when questions tended to be drowned out by a chorus, led by the entire United States Congress, of ‘God Bless America.’ . . . it is possible that, if the United States goes the way of nineteenth-century Britain, Chomsky's interpretation will be the standard among historians a hundred years from now." --New Yorker
• "A badly needed corrective to news coverage of the present-day ‘war on terrorism.’"
--Norman Solomon, San Francisco Chronicle Review
• "Every word of 9-11 is more relevant than ever." --Amnesty International Journal (Ireland)
• "Chomsky laments that the U.S. government largely dismissed these human rights problems in its quest to “secure our interests.” The invasion of Afghanistan was far from the first time NATO overran unstable civilian populations in the search for terrorists (Chomsky offers several examples in the book) and, as we now know, it was not the last."
--Foreign Policy in Focus
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609801540
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press
  • Publication date: 8/30/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 330,073
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

NOAM CHOMSKY is known throughout the world for his political and philosophical writings as well as for his groundbreaking linguistics work. He has taught at Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 1955 and remains one of America's most uncompromising voices of dissent.
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Table of Contents

Editor's Note 9

Was There An Alternative? 13

9-11

1 Not Since the War of 1812 43

2 Is The War on Terrorism Winnable? 55

3 The Ideological Campaign 61

4 Crimes of State 71

5 Choice of Action 91

6 Civilizations East and West 103

7 Considerable Restraint? 123

Reflections on 9-11 147

Appendix A

Department of State Report on Foreign Terrorist Organizations (October 5, 2001) 157

Department of State Country Reports on Terrorism 2009 (August 5, 2010) 163

Appendix B

Recommended Reading 169

About the Author 171

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    I cried

    My dad died in the North Tower. My momo was pregnant with me and I was born 3 months after. My dad 9/11/71-9/11/01 he died on his birthday :(

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

    Highly recommended.

    I read all Chomsky with an open mind. I do not follow blindly like some sheep who follow the government with a blindfold on. I read and weight the information before accepting the truth. He presents information based on his knowledge and teachings. This is a very good book to learn from if you are a student of life like I am. If we can filter through the information we read in all books, we can make a better government that is fair to all of us, not just the 1 per cent.

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  • Posted September 11, 2011

    I woulx just like to dedicate this to the survivors

    I hope you all live great lives and like so many others i am prayimg for you Lobelave

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted September 12, 2011

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