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  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press (Sep 2002)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 158322565X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583225653
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 0.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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It is always instructive to read American's premier dissident thinker if only simply to get an alternative take on what constitutes our present day "common sense"--an urgent project he undertakes in 9-11. Chomsky, whose recent hugely prolific political output has made him something of an icon of the American left, began his career as a ground-breaking theoretical linguist. And it is his attention to detail and language which continue to make him such a useful guide through the murky world of power politics and particularly to US Foreign Policy in the Middle East. In grappling with 9-11, a date which has become a noun whose very definition has been consciously moulded by the media and the American establishment, Chomsky is taking on one of the biggest challenges of our time. But this is a very slight book in which to do this. A collection of interviews conducted in the month following the attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center Chomsky is here keen to stress the urgency of a response to 9-11 that is not simply reactionary warfaring. It behoves us to discover why 9-11 really happened. In the words of the title of another very useful book: Why Do People Hate America?. In such a small, and sometimes rather repetitive, volume Chomsky can only really encourage us to ask better questions and to seek more carefully and widely for better answers. But if questions are beginning to form then readers could do worse than look to this useful and provocative book. --Mark Thwaite --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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65 of 73 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Dec 2001
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A brief, but well-focussed application of some of the principles applied by Chomsky in a huge variety of contexts - e.g. (i) that we in powerful, relatively free societies should look more closely at what is done in our names and with our money by the states that claim to represent us, (ii) that we should apply the same standards to ourselves as we apply to others, (iii) that because states are not moral agents, and what they do often differs significantly from what we are told they do, we have to look at the facts rather than simply accept what we are told, etc.
One basic point to emerges is that to accuse those who question what the US, UK and their clients are now doing, or who seek to raise broader issues, of condoning terrorism is not only fundamentally illogical and amoral, but also profoundly dangerous in the longer term.
The book is a collection of edited transcripts of interviews conducted with Chomsky in September and October of this year. Although brief, it is a very useful starting point for any serious consideration of September 11 and its consequences.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Mar 2002
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I just read this book (in fact, the Portuguese translation) and found it to be very unlike-Chomsky. It consists entirely of interviews - some with apparently clueless journalists - and as some questions are repeated, so are the answers. For example, NC mentions Nicaragua so many times in exactly the same way my mind went numb.
Still, there are a few interesting insights that, six months on, have proved quite true. That's the only reason why I'm not giving this book only one star.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Scarficus on 4 April 2002
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As other reviewers state, a bit repetitive and limited (mainly because the journalists doing the interviews all ask NC the same sort of questions.) But this is important stuff none-the-less and certainly deserves a read - it'll only take you an hour or two. Best bit: how many people in the UK/USA or the west generally realise the extent of the devestation and suffering caused by Clinton's cruise missile attack on one pharmaceutical factory (the Al-Shifa factory) in Sudan? NC helpfully catalogues the horrendous outcome of that ill-advised and brutal attack, which is sadly all but forgotten now.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By E Parry on 23 Feb 2003
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I have to admit that about halfway through this book I got very bored. For the first half there are some eye-opening facts, although it seems that Chomsky has a habit of not really answering questions properly but instead reciting lots of historical facts (which should be known of course, but are sometimes off the point). Pretty soon, across the interviews, points are repeated and facts explained again and again. The editor has chosen to cut some repetitions out but not others, seemingly randomly choosing which ones to keep in.
I first read Media Control by Chomsky, then read this and found it disappointing. There's a lot of information on 9/11 out there that's better, such as on the Guerilla News Network. I wouldn't say reading this book is a waste of time, but it seems a bit hard to see the point. Chomsky readers will probably find nothing new, while newcomers will be bored. I reccommend newcomers start with something like Media Control instead.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "abderitedreamer" on 11 Sep 2002
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Having heard a fair bit about Noam Chomskey in recent years - especially since 9/11 - and read snippets of his writings in newspapers i was keen to read moe on what he has said and written and as it was the 1st anniversary of 9/11, i saw this as an apt book to buy. True, it is repetitive but this i feel is much to do with the semi-ignorance of the interviewers, and their very simple and reptitive questions, rather than Chomsky himself. However as a first book to buy dealing with NC's views and thoughts it is a very good introduction - though it is obviously conentrated on the attrocities of 9/11. Still, there are enough references to other writings, his and others, to get you fired into reading other books by him or similar thinkers on similar or related subject matters. On the whole, a good little reference book.
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27 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Feb 2003
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Chomsky should be required reading for every person willing to be world weary, regardless of political affiliation. This 'political scientist' has more insight into our world's recent (100 years) history than most politicians, which makes reading him sometimes frightening. Although this is a condensed version of larger works, it focuses mainly on post 9/11 and he places a very clear perspective on what, where and why things are happening the way they are - Americans are simply unaware of thier impact on the rest of the world. His viewpoints are short of judgemental and more fact based history. It isn't that the USA looks 'bad', it's that he makes Americans look at themselves in a way they never have. It's sobering and yet relieving. In the long run, one realizes that things are much better now in the world than they were ten, twenty and thirty years ago. Despite the 9/11 atrocities, things are getting better, but Chomsky makes it clear that the USA is just as responsible for world peace as any other world resident. We have a chance to improve our lives and those who share this planet with us.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 May 2004
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I picked this up whilst travelling through the Pacific Northwest, thinking it would sustain me for a few hours on the coach to Vancouver. I was well aware of Chomsky before I read this, and I thought then as I do now that He'd be the man to listen to if you want some authentic counter-culture explanations for the way the world is today.
This book should not really be read in isolation, since there are references and cross-references aplenty to other interviews and other texts both directly and indirectly related to that fateful day a few years ago, and also to a number of other works of his.
I shan't pluck out any specific examples (partly because the very nature of his works are so deliciously debatable that someone's bound to argue!), but again Chomsky does pick up on some key points to be addressed in the light of 9-11 which would no doubt have not even bothered to baffle the pea-sized brain of "Dubya".
But of course, being provocative and contentious as he is, Chomsky does appear to turn a blind eye to some areas of the wider international context. I haven't read much of it yet, but I wonder how Dick Clarke's new book "Against All Enemies" rings in with what Chomsky has to say.
Some people may feel a little put-off by left-wing or dissident media on occasion, but since enlightened public debate has been really rather stifled on the matter of the War on Terror, it's important to keep hearing the "other voices" to get some kind of perspective, regardless of what some may have thought of leftfield before.
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