Towards a New Cold War: Essays on the Current Crisis and How We Got There

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A sobering assessment of American foreign policy from the end of the Vietnam era to Ronald Reagan.With the same uncompromising style that characterized his breakthrough, Vietnam-era writings, Toward a New Cold War extends Chomsky's critique of US foreign policy through the early 1970s to Ronald Reagan's first term. Expanding on themes such as the cozy relationship of intellectuals to the state, and American adventurism after World War II, Chomsky goes on to exaamine the way that US policymakers set about the task...
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A sobering assessment of American foreign policy from the end of the Vietnam era to Ronald Reagan.With the same uncompromising style that characterized his breakthrough, Vietnam-era writings, Toward a New Cold War extends Chomsky's critique of US foreign policy through the early 1970s to Ronald Reagan's first term. Expanding on themes such as the cozy relationship of intellectuals to the state, and American adventurism after World War II, Chomsky goes on to exaamine the way that US policymakers set about the task of rewriting the horrible history of involvement in Indochina and turned their attention more squarely on the Middle East and Central America. He assesses US oil strategy and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, dissects the first volume of Henry Kissinger's memoirs, issues an urgent call to stem the bloodshed in then-unknown East Timor and, in the title essay, marks the increased posture of confrontation and rearmament under presidents Carter and Reagan that signaled the end of d├ętente with the Soviet Union. Featuring a new introduction by internationally acclaimed journalist John Pilger, this is the latest in the New Press series of Noam Chomsky's early political works.


About the Author:
: Noam Chomsky is Professor of Linguistics at MIT, a world-renowned linguist and political activist, and the author of numerous books, including American Power and the New Mandarins, For Reasons of State, and Understanding Power (all from The New Press).

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Michael Mandelbaum
In his introduction to ''Towards a New Cold War,'' Noam Chomsky, says that two themes will inform the collection of essays written for a variety of occasions between 1974 and 1981. The first theme is that of American foreign policy as the expression of the country's dominant economic interests. The second is that of the mass media and the nation's intellectuals as the creators of the political climate in which this policy is carried out....The themes are present, but they fail to unify the book because the author makes scarcely any attempt to support the propositions that underlie them....If the book lacks unifying themes, it does have a consistent tone - one of anger. -- New York Times
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  • ISBN-13: 9780394749440
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/1982
  • Edition number: 49
  • Pages: 537

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction 1
1 Intellectuals and the State 65
2 Foreign Policy and the Intelligentsia 93
3 Indochina and the Fourth Estate 124
4 The Remaking of History 144
5 On the Aggression of South Vietnamese Peasants Against the United States (Review of Guenter Lewy, America in Vietnam) 165
6 Kissinger, The White House Years 178
7 Towards a New Cold War 201
8 Resurgent America 231
9 Israel and the Palestinians 246
Afterword 283
10 Bellow, To Jerusalem and Back 319
11 American Foreign Policy in the Middle East 328
12 Armageddon is Well Located 340
15 The United States and East Timor 358
Afterword 370
Notes 393
Index 513
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Pilger, John
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