9-11: Was There an Alternative?

9-11: Was There an Alternative?

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by Noam Chomsky
     
 

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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

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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 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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• "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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609801540
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Publication date:
08/30/2011
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
602,535
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Born in Philadelphia in 1928, NOAM CHOMSKY is known throughout the world for his political writings, activism, and for for his groundbreaking work in linguistics. A professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 1955, Chomsky gained recognition in academic circles for his theory of transformational grammar, which drew attention to the syntactic universality of all human languages. But it is as a critic of unending war, corporate control and neoliberalism that Chomsky has become one of the country’s most well known public intellectuals. The 1969 publication of American Power and the New Mandarins marked the beginning of Chomsky’s rigorous public criticism of American hegemony and its lieges. Since then, with his tireless scholarship and an unflagging sense of moral responsibility, he has become one of the most influential writers in the world. Chomsky is the author of Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (with Edward S. Herman), Profit Over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order, and over one hundred other books. To this day Noam Chomsky remains an active and uncompromising voice of dissent.


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9-11: Was There an Alternative? 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 :(
crystalwolf More than 1 year ago
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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"Oh my god,thats so sad...god bless you a long life...(also amen is a fake god,so dont say amen,say something like "bye i love you lord" and he be like &#12483)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im so srry god bless u and your dad in heaven. We are all griefing your loss an others. Amen
Victoria Waddell More than 1 year ago
I hope you all live great lives and like so many others i am prayimg for you Lobelave