The Essential Chomsky

The Essential Chomsky

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For the past forty years Noam Chomsky’s writings on politics and language have established him as a preeminent public intellectual and as one of the most original and wide-ranging political and social critics of our time. Among the seminal figures in linguistic theory over the past century, since the 1960s Chomsky has also secured a place as perhaps the leading…  See more details below

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For the past forty years Noam Chomsky’s writings on politics and language have established him as a preeminent public intellectual and as one of the most original and wide-ranging political and social critics of our time. Among the seminal figures in linguistic theory over the past century, since the 1960s Chomsky has also secured a place as perhaps the leading dissident voice in the United States.

Chomsky’s many bestselling works—including Manufacturing Consent, Hegemony or Survival, Understanding Power, and Failed States—have served as essential touchstones for dissidents, activists, scholars, and concerned citizens on subjects ranging from the media to human rights to intellectual freedom. In particular, Chomsky’s scathing critiques of the U.S. wars in Vietnam, Central America, and the Middle East have furnished a widely accepted intellectual inspiration for antiwar movements over nearly four decades.

The Essential Chomsky assembles the core of his most important writings, including excerpts from his most influential texts over the past forty years. Here is an unprecedented, comprehensive overview of Chomsky’s thought.

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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." —Edward Said

"A rebel without a pause." —Bono

"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." —The Guardian

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595585660
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
02/12/2008
Series:
New Press Essential
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
624,862
File size:
879 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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Essential Chomsky 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
applemcg More than 1 year ago
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.
h060tu More than 1 year ago
The first book by Noam Chomsky that I own. It's a collection of excerpts and articles of Chomsky's writings from all different aspects of his linguistic and political thought. In the first part, it's mainly Chomsky's revolutionary linguistic writings, only real nerds would be interested in. :) The majority of the book is about Chomsky's political thought, but remember that this book was printed in 2008, so much of Chomsky's recent critiques are not published in this book. Much of his critiques deal with US Imperialism in Vietnam, Latin America, East Timor, and in Palestine. Despite it being a lot of small excerpts, it sure adds up to a lot of pages. I haven't had time to read it in full since I bought it, since I always have 70 library books lying around.
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Willa-Wannabee More than 1 year ago
what else can you say. My husband wanted a Chomsky book for Christmas, so I went with this one. He liked it very much.