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The Essential Chomsky Hardcover – 1 Feb 2008

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  • Hardcover: 515 pages
  • Publisher: New Press (Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159558322X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595583222
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,358,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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"

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In a single volume, the seminal writings of the world's leading philosopher, activist, linguist, and critic, published to coincide with his eightieth birthday.

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"The Essential Chomsky" is a collection of 25 pieces of writing from Noam Chomsky from the first piece, a critical review of "Verbal Behavior" by B. F. Skinner published in 1959 in the journal "Language" to Chomsky's afterword from "Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy" from 2006. Chomsky is best known in two areas, one being his career as a linguist, and the other for his outspoken liberal views in which he holds the United States and the West to the same standard which others hold the rest of the world, and there are examples of both contained in this collection edited by Anthony Arnove, who has also written on current affairs.

Arnove makes a good choice in starting with Chomsky's review of "Verbal Behavior"; because Chomsky's skillful dissecting of Skinner's work clearly demonstrates the way Chomsky's mind works as well as the thoroughness with which he examines every subject. It also is a good choice because one avoids any political bias when reading it. With his political pieces, of course such emotional attachments to one's position exist, and so it would be much more difficult to set a baseline with one of those pieces.

When looking at the political pieces, Chomsky uses the same logic and thorough examination tactics that he used in his review, and that he also brings to the other writings on linguistics, with varying levels of effectiveness.
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"The Essential Chomsky" is not the first anthology of Chomskys writings, but certainly is an excellent selection from his 40 odd years of writing primarily on American Foreign Policy. Included are his seminal early essay "The Responsibility of Intellectuals" which is a crucial piece of writing in which Chomsky essentially lays out the rational for his own political writings as well as implicitly chastising those who enjoy a privileged life in Academia and either turn their backs on the world, or worse still become "servants of power". The essay is still pertinent though no doubt Academia is not as privileged, especially outside those sectors which are well funded and commercially orientated, as it was when the essay was written in the late 1960's.

The essays cover a variety of subjects including The War in Vietnam, Watergate, East Timor, The Middle East and the attacks of 9/11 in a cogent manner. One minor gripe I had regarding the book is the number of essays (about 15% of the books total size) that are rooted in his academic area of expertise which is Linguistics. I dont think there is a good case for mixing the two together, the number of people who are able to deal with the complexities of research level Linguistics must be fairly minimal. Personally I found myself lost more than once and only able to extricate myself by skipping to the next essay. Having said that a couple of them were interesting and comprehensible. Perhaps it would have been better to have two collections, one for Politics and another for Linguistics.

That aside, I would thoroughly recommend this for anyone who is interested in the politics of the Modern World in general, and the particular role of the United States plays at the global level. The writing is sharp, principled and spiced with Chomskys underrated but tart sense of humour. Excellent stuff.
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Chomsky extracts well chosen , giving a broad overview of his excellent writing, from familar politics and linguistics and enough long passages to give depth too.
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The Essential Chomsky does what it states in the title. For people interested in the history of politics and the decision making process this is essetial reading. It is magnificient in it's scope and captures the thoughts of the day as they were occurring with some hindsight. For a real understanding of the conflict around the world as it exists now you couldn't have a guide that is so well informed and objective. This is yet another essential read from a great writer.
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it was a great informative read but not being a very good reader, i found it hard to understand leading me to get bored so if you don't have a high reading standard it can get tiresome.
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