The Essential Chomsky [NOOK Book]

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One of the World's most prominent public intellectuals, Noam Chomsky has, in more than fifty years of writing on politics, philosophy, and language, revolutionized modern linguistics and established himself as one of the most original and wide-ranging political and social critics of our time. The Essential Chomsky brings together selections from his most important writings since 1959-from his ground-breaking critique of B.F. Skinner to his bestselling works Hegemony or Survival and Failed States-concerning ...
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Overview

One of the World's most prominent public intellectuals, Noam Chomsky has, in more than fifty years of writing on politics, philosophy, and language, revolutionized modern linguistics and established himself as one of the most original and wide-ranging political and social critics of our time. The Essential Chomsky brings together selections from his most important writings since 1959-from his ground-breaking critique of B.F. Skinner to his bestselling works Hegemony or Survival and Failed States-concerning subjects ranging from critiques of corporate media and U.S. interventionism to intellectual freedom and the political economy of human rights. With a foreword by Anthony Arnove, The Essential Chomsky is an unprecedented, comprehensive overview of Chomsky's thought.

About the Author:
Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor of linguistics at MIT and the author of numerous books

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"Noam Chomsky is one of the most significant challengers of unjust power and delusions; he goes against every assumption about American altruism and humanitarianism." &#8212Edward Said

"A rebel without a pause." &#8212Bono

"Chomsky ranks with Marx, Shakespeare, and the Bible as one of the ten most quoted sources in the humanities—and is the only writer among them still alive." &#8212The Guardian

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595585660
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 2/12/2008
  • Series: New Press Essential
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 676,362
  • File size: 859 KB

Meet the Author


Noam Chomsky is the Institute Professor and a professor of linguistics, emeritus, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A world-renowned linguist and political activist, he is the author of numerous books, including On Language: Chomsky’s Classic Works Language and Responsibility and Reflections on Language; Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky, edited by Peter R. Mitchell and John Schoeffel; American Power and the New Mandarins; For Reasons of State; Problems of Knowledge and Freedom; Objectivity and Liberal Scholarship; Towards a New Cold War: U.S. Foreign Policy from Vietnam to Reagan; The Essential Chomsky, edited by Anthony Arnove; and On Anarchism, and a co-author (with Ira Katznelson, R.C. Lewontin, David Montgomery, Laura Nader, Richard Ohmann, Ray Siever, Immanuel Wallerstein, and Howard Zinn) of The Cold War and the University: Toward an Intellectual History of the Postwar Years and (with Michel Foucault) of The Chomsky-Foucault Debate, all published by The New Press. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Anthony Arnove is the editor of Iraq Under Siege and co-editor, with Howard Zinn, of Voices of a People’s History of the United States. His writing has appeared in the Financial Times, The Nation, Mother Jones, Monthly Review, Le Nouvel Observateur, Z Magazine, and other publications. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Table of Contents

Foreword     vii
A Review of B. F. Skinner's Verbal Behavior     1
Preface to Aspects of the Theory of Syntax     31
Methodological Preliminaries     33
The Responsibility of Intellectuals     39
On Resistance     63
Language and Freedom     75
Notes on Anarchism     92
The Rule of Force in International Affairs     105
Watergate: A Skeptical View     134
The Remaking of History     141
Foreign Policy and the Intelligentsia     160
The United States and East Timor     187
The Origins of the "Special Relationship"     198
Planning for Global Hegemony     223
The View Beyond: Prospects for the Study of Mind     232
Containing the Enemy     257
Introduction to The Minimalist Program     277
New Horizons in the Study of Language and Mind     285
Intentional Ignorance and Its Uses     300
A World Without War     325
Reflections on 9-11     341
Language and the Brain     347
United States-Israel-Palestine     368
Imperial Grand Strategy     373
Afterword to Failed States     403
Acknowledgments     415
Permissions     417
Notes     421
Select Bibliography of Works   Noam Chomsky     485
Index     491
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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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