Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Audible Sample
Playing...
Loading...
Paused

On Anarchism Audio Download – Unabridged

4.2 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Audio Download, Unabridged
"Please retry"
£0.00
Free with your Audible trial

Read & Listen

Switch between reading the Kindle book & listening on the Audible narration with Whispersync for Voice.
Get the Audible audiobook for the reduced price of £3.49 after you buy the Kindle book.
Free with Audible trial
£0.00
Buy with 1-Click
£9.70

Sold and delivered by Audible, an Amazon company


Product details

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The other reviews have highlighted some of the key problems with this book being selection of essays from over last 40 years (1969 onwards) so not wholly current, plus while a general connection exists around the issues of and understanding how anarchism might work in practice, overall the wide variety of ideas on show defeats the book being a well structured or logical read on the subject.

The key problem for me as a general reader wanting to learn more is that in a number of cases the essays and content are simply too dense to easily communicate the ideas under consideration. The badly written introduction by Nathan Schneider or the final Chomsky essay "Language and Freedom" being a treatise on linguistics and philosophy which requires a pretty in depth initial understanding of both subjects to start to understand the points being made, are the two worst examples.

Offsetting this are an excellent essay from 1969 on how "liberal" historians have treated the anarchist movement in the Spanish Civil War (given the great output of books since 1969 on this topic, especially across the last 20 years, the essay cries out for an Updated footnote by Chomsky which has sadly not been attempted) and a semi autobiographical Q&A interview on how Chomsky's early years and family developed his interest in anarchism, including his early interest in the Spanish Civil War.

Overall not an easy or consistent read but the gems that exist are well worth the price and persevering to struggle through to read.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a collection of articles, speeches and interviews: I feel a synthesis of them into a new article would be much more valuable than reading several slightly different articles. I'd recommend this book only if you're a fan of Chomsky and know the subject already quite well.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I was disappointed with this book. It is a selection of old articles by Noam Chomsky. These were interesting enough and included an account of the struggle between anarchists and communists during the Spanish Civil War. However, I had hope for more contemporary material that reflected Noam's current thinking.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Chomsky takes on the impossible task of answering what the alternative to dysfunctional government should be. The era of the individual is coming worldwide. That will be a vindication that Chomsky is right and government is wrong.
1 Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A nice introduction to Chomsky's thoughts. I would also recommend checking out Chomsky's talks and debates on this topic (of which plenty exist on the internet).
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
There are books written by Spanish revolutionaries, Russian philosophers, Italian Anarchists on the nature and history of Anarchism. And if you want to read the worst book on the subject - read Chomsky. I struggle to understand how can one make a book on Anarchism so boring. However, there are two positive sides of the book - it's only 120 pages long and has a good introduction (not written or said by Chomsky).

P.S. For those who think I am biased, again, I think there are better scholars out there, who know and write better than Chomsky.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Clearly made up from various sources; interesting chapter on Spanish civil war. I enjoyed the book, the last chapter on language and freedom especially.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Insightful reading on a higly misunderstood topic. Chomsky does a remarkable work of lighten up what Anarchism is really like and not what mainstream media and common preconceptions wish us to think (sometimes even self-defining anarchists seem to share theese misconceptions).
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse