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4.0 out of 5 stars Bold assertion is no substitute for argument, 7 Sept. 2013
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I have long been a great admirer of the thought, expression and courage of Noam Chomsky both as speaker and writer. If the world would only listen to him, we would have much for which to offer him our gratitude. I was a little disappointed by this offering which provides little in the way of argument and too much assertion that can only work when preaching to the converted. There is the usual commitment, wisdom, insight and clarity but all too often there is an assumption that the reader will agree with him rather than an attempt to persuade those who need to be persuaded. This adds up to an atypical strain of complacency in place of the relentless and fiery reasoning of the younger mountain-moving Chomsky. Still well worth a read and with plenty of provocation - but I would have welcomed a stronger sense of argumentation.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 52 Doses of Reality, 2 Mar. 2012
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"Making The Future" is Chomskys second collection of short editorial articles (roughly 5 or 6 book pages dealing with a subject that was of current interest) and takes up the baton from where 2007's Interventions concludes and carries it forward to the autumn of 2012. All of the articles were made available for publication worldwide from the New York Times Syndicate, whose senior editor John Stickney provides a short introduction.

The nature of the format prohibits in-depth analysis but Chomsky does provide the reader with 52 clear and concise antidotes to a mainstream news coverage that is often ahistorical, written within the limited world view of established power and deeply hypocritical. Subjects covered include the Israel-United States-Palestine confrontation; Iraq; the War in Afghanistan/Pakistan; the post credit crunch recessions; Nuclear Weapons in the Middle East, South Asia and North Korea; the conflicts in Georgia, Libya and Somalia as well as the possible conflict to come with Iran; the Arab Spring; Barack Obamas ascent to the presidency on the back of revulsion at the Bush II years and rapid descent into business as usual; the extra judicial killing of Osama bin Laden. It's not all doom and gloom as Chomsky also writes on what he quite reasonably sees as positive developments within Latin America and the collection ends with an abridged version of a speech he gave to the Occupy Boston movement.

"Making The Future" is a fine collection that provokes the reader to think about events in the contemporary world in a humane, honest and critical manner. This is a book that I'd recommended reading with the caveat that the content will be familiar to those who regularly follow Chomskys writings on the internet.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for those new to Chomsky, not essential for those who already are, 11 Mar. 2012
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Tristan Martin (Hertfordshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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Noam Chomsky's latest, Making the Future, is a collection of previously printed New York Times opinion-editorials, taken from 2007 to 2011. Unlike Chomsky's previous book, Hopes and Prospects, there is no attempt here at presenting this as anything other than a series of unconnected articles (it should also be noted that this book is of an unusually small size and printed on particularly poor quality paper).

Making the Future contains over fifty articles, each around four or five pages long. Therefore, what you gain in range, you lack in depth. However, this book is the perfect introduction for those who have never read any Chomsky before, given that if you are not interested in one particular subject, there are numerous others that might be of interest; subjects include the 2008 U.S. election, the financial crisis, Israel, Palestine, Iran, Iraq, Latin America and numerous others.

For those who don't have much time available to read (perfect for commuters or to be read while eating a sandwich at your desk at work), Making the Future is typical Chomsky but in bite-sized chunks. For those of you familiar with his work, there is a reasonable chance that you will already have read some of these pieces but you might appreciate having them all collected in one book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, informative collection of articles, 24 April 2012
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William Podmore (London United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This is a collection of the monthly columns that Noam Chomsky wrote for the New York Times Syndicate from April 2007 to October 2011. It comprises 52 articles, mostly commenting on the USA's foreign policies as applied to Korea, Mexico, Palestine, Iran, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, China, Georgia, Latin America and Libya; and there are ten on the US economy.

He notes that Israeli military thinker Martin Van Creveld said, after the USA invaded Iraq, "had the Iranians not tried to build nuclear weapons, they would be crazy."

Chomsky observed that a Declaration of Principles issued by President Bush in November 2007 committed Iraq to facilitate and encourage `the flow of foreign investments to Iraq, especially American investments." In January 2008 Bush issued a `signing statement' that he would reject any congressional legislation that restricted funding `to exercise United States control of the oil resources of Iraq'. These admit that the USA invaded Iraq to control its oil.

Chomsky reports that White House spokeswoman Dana Perino, when asked whether the American people should have had `input' into the decision to attack Iraq, said, "You had your input. The American people have input every four years, and that's the way our system works." Chomsky responds, "That's correct. Every four years the American people can choose between candidates whose views they reject, and then they should shut up."

Chomsky warns that the repeated threats to attack Iran, using the standard phrase `we're keeping all options open', violate the UN Charter.

As in all his books on politics, Chomsky exposes the lies and double standards used by the US ruling class. This latest book is an extremely useful collection, bringing his commentary right up-to-date.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine collection of Chomsky-essays, 11 April 2012
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Jacob Selchau (Denmark) - See all my reviews
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This book is a fine collection of essays discussing more recent events and exposing the hypocrisy of the arguments which dominate the political debate. Chomsky discusses subjects such as how the US government forced through an exploitative oil deal with the Iraqi government, how the torture scandals of the Bush II administration really are nothing new, the 2008 election and the false hope of Obama. He also discusses the rise of China and the ludicrous rhetoric which accompanies it as well as (of course) the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

That said, to me it pulled the book a little down that it was a collection of essays rather than a bigger narrative. These being short essays there is a limit to how much depth that there can be. On the other hand, this makes the book significantly more accessible to people who are new to Chomsky.

I recommend this book to everyone who is interested in international politics and in particular to those who want to introduce themselves or someone else to Chomsky.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 17 Jan. 2015
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Great book. We need more people to read this. Also great service. Very prompt and great price
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 25 Jan. 2015
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David says its really interesting and thankyou.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 6 Sept. 2014
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Chomsky is Chomsky is Chomsky
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hurry up and read chomsky, 28 May 2013
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I can count on one hand the number of political commentators and writers whose opinions I always trust. Noam Chomsky is one. John Pilger would be another. For now, no more spring to mind.
Many writers have amazing erudition, but are hampered by prejudices or a desire to deceive for some ulterior purpose. Meanwhile many writers are largely free of prejudice and have a desire only to report the truth, but are hampered by a lack of erudition. It is rare to find a desire to report the truth allied with a wide-reaching erudition. Thankfully, Chomsky is one.
The essays in this book explain the state of international relations today. Read it and you will know what is really happening in countries like Palestine, Israel, Iran, North Korea and of course the US, rather than the gross and dangerous distortions of reality that the mainstream media and the government wish you to believe.
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