The Chomsky Reader

The Chomsky Reader

At the centre of pratically every major debate over America?s role in the world, one finds Noam Chomsky?s ideas - sometimes attacked, sometimes studiously ignored, but always a powerful presence. Drawing from his published and unpublished work, The Chomsky Reader reveals the awesome range of this ever-critical mind - from global questions of war and peace to the most intri At the centre of pratically every major debate over America?s role in the world, one finds Noam Chomsky?s ideas - sometim...

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Title:The Chomsky Reader
Author:Noam Chomsky
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1852421177
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:492 pages pages

The Chomsky Reader Reviews

  • Ruby Pham
    Mar 07, 2007
    Always rereading this book... and I reread it when I recommend it to somebody. ...
  • Markus
    Mar 30, 2007
    Everything about Chomsky is so cool and interesting except actually reading him. I mean its ok but I have a hard time getting into the mid 80's political lanscape of Nicaragua right now. So I tried his linguistics stuff, oh brother... Whatever, he's still a fucking genius. ...
  • blakeR
    Jan 24, 2016
    In all the reviews I've read of Chomsky's work I have yet to see a valid rebuttal of any of his points, which corroborates all of the fury, outrage and shame I always feel upon reading him. There's simply no refuting the facts he lays bare through his tireless research and exhaustive a...
  • CJ
    Jun 02, 2007
    Chomsky is an understandably upset man. Universal grammar is lame, but worse yet the Western academics, American Press, and the American government practice significant amounts of disinformation among themselves and the American people. This book is a collection of essays that does a p...
  • Michelle Winters
    Nov 17, 2007
    almost a necessity for any of us who work in and study Mass Communications. ...
  • Kent
    Dec 10, 2007
    This has an awesome essay about the Spanish revolution and liberals who don't really believe in democracy. ...
  • Kate
    Oct 03, 2008
    ok, so i'll come back to this one. can only read one depressing non-fiction book at a time... ...
  • John
    Jul 27, 2019
    Reading this book was an affirmation of an established principle of mine. If you vehemently disagree with someone, read their book and make an effort to understand their thinking. Then make up your mind. Chomsky is generally dismissed as an iconoclastic far-left gadfly, an academic wh...
  • laura
    Dec 18, 2007
    I am enjoying this book which goes into chomskys ideals and his background. ...
  • Spicer
    Dec 20, 2007
    I'm finding it very difficult to read any contemporary, non-fiction works. Despite the potential subject matter being so ripe, most of what I've read can only be described as variations on howling, regardless of socio-political persuasion. Am I sounding cynical? Therefore, I've re-e...
  • darío hereñú
    Feb 21, 2010
    In iddle times, it quits from the usual point of view. Of course, Noam likes those savages points of views. But at the end, it lays a lot of layers of data, misconceptions, beliefs and truths that is overwhelming. Period! ...
  • Thomas
    Jun 12, 2008
    Great stuff. Though most of the content is available online (see www.chomsky.info) ...
  • Devon  Start
    Jul 18, 2008
    seriously not a fan of this guy. i think i like his politics, but i am not sure. but he is also like mike moore and abit sensational and to get that he plays fast and loose with the facts. he qoutes the bayonet as the number one killer in ww1. the bayonets effect is largely phsycologi...
  • Tim
    Sep 09, 2008
    This is one of those that I keep returning to time and time again. "The Responsibility of the Intellectuals" is just as important now as when it was originally written. ...
  • Adam
    Oct 18, 2008
    You know, I hate to say it, but Chomsky's a bore of a read. Sure, it's hard to argue with his tirelessly researched positions, but he doesn't command engagement from the reader, either. I feel like Chomsky's theses are rehashed in response to each new current event, compiled in each ne...
  • Zac
    Oct 23, 2008
    An interesting fellow. Some topics I'll have to study more (I have a page of titles lifted from the notes section, and a bookmark in the notes section that just says "everything on this chapter.") Very interesting examination of twentieth century events, particularly involving U.S. ...
  • Susannah
    May 13, 2009
    "If men were angels there would be no need of laws." Americans never claimed to be angels and he is just another person disappointed in the reality separating ideology from its makers and exposing them as just more erring human beings. I think Chomsky knows how to think, speak, and a...
  • James
    Aug 23, 2009
    This book is exrtremely eye-opening, but not very readable. Chomsky is brilliant and this book is filled with information about the world. Since it is a collection of older articles, a lot of the material is out-of-date but interesting in a historical perspective. However, I think his ...
  • Rebecca
    Feb 05, 2018
    This heavily footnoted book contains excerpts from Chomsky's writings on various issues, especially American foreign affairs. He focuses on Southeast Asia, Central America and the Middle East, particularly Israel and the adjacent Arab nations. His arguments, which were very persuasive,...
  • Michael
    Apr 22, 2010
    One of about five books I've really taken a lot of pride in reading, but not fully appreciating. Lots and lots of information, lots and lots of accusations and some evidence. difficult to read only because it flies in the face of everything you already know, accept and think of as Amer...
  • Jane
    Apr 28, 2011
    So far about 60% through this book which is very good at explaining the political thinking behind eg the Vietnam War. It is really changing my perception! In some ways it would be more comfortable not to think about these issues, but he really helps explain the complex modern world of ...
  • Biogeek
    Jun 21, 2011
    Always thought-provoking and intensely articulate. ...
  • Joachim
    Apr 26, 2013
    An incredibly lucid and well-documented analysis of state systems and their complete blindness to their own bias, propaganda and hypocrisy. People often label Chomsky as a lefty, but his books are a must for anyone interested in critical thinking, skepticism and honesty. ...
  • Karen Mead
    Dec 16, 2014
    I've seen Chomsky's name come up in all kinds of discussions, so I figured it was time to actually find out why everyone loves to namedrop him. After reading this book, I understand why. This book is basically The Emperor's New Clothes for adults, blowing away your illusions about A...
  • Jennie Wilson
    May 12, 2019
    Eye opening and sad ...
  • Julian Munds
    Dec 05, 2016
    Chomsky's perspectives seek to destroy establishment historical thinking. This collection contains a brilliant essay on intellectualism, a good interview, some neat contemporary stuff about cold war thinking and other issues. At times concerned more with minutiae then macrocosm, the re...
  • Clint
    May 31, 2015
    This is a great introduction to Chomsky's early(ish) political commentary. That is, it's mostly his commentary on U.S. use of political and military power in the 60's. Though the specific subject matter is dated, it's still a worthy contribution. ...
  • Daniel
    Apr 10, 2018
    A friend wrote in the first page of their diary "Stay critical. Stay radical." I would replace the second with "Stay balanced". Chomsky manages to do all three. Would love to see a good critique/response to his foreign policy arguments. ...
  • D.B. Buzzkill
    Feb 01, 2017
    It's Chomsky, so you roughly know what to expect. This book -- or rather, this collection of essays -- is chewy and hasn't aged well. Chomsky is mostly arguing against mainstream positions at the time of writing, without really explaining what these mainstream views are. So this book c...
  • Angela
    Jul 17, 2019
    almost a necessity for any of us who work in and study Mass Communications. ...