The Essential Chomsky Hardcover – 1 Feb 2008
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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"
In a single volume, the seminal writings of the world's leading philosopher, activist, linguist, and critic, published to coincide with his eightieth birthday.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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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Very hard going but so interesting and informative. Worth perseveringPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great book for those new to Chomsky, they are given his ideas in a clear way that does not travel too deeply into his thoughts but deep enough for the message to be... Read morePublished on 11 April 2010 by J. Cameron
I first became sold on Noam when he wrote a 1977 article in The Nation, Chomsky attacked those witnesses and writers who were shedding ever-brighter rays of light on Pol Pot's... Read morePublished on 25 Dec. 2009 by Rudy Manchego
Chomsky has proved wrong and/or self-contradictary a/o deliberately false as well as giving fallacious, meretricous, and irrelevant sources in his linguistic theories, as in his... Read morePublished on 9 Oct. 2009 by R. S. Elegant Critic