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Year 501: The Conquest Continues Paperback – 16 Feb 1993

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Verso Books; First Edition edition (16 Feb. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0860916804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0860916802
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 0.3 x 0.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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"Year 501 is another awesome achievement by Noam Chomsky. It is a devastating array of information about the U.S. role in the world, placed in the long historical perspective of the 500 years that followed the voyages of Columbus. The result is a wonderful single-volume education in history and world politics." - Howard Zinn "This book portrays the world born five centuries ago: An immense supermarket where value is determined by price tags. What is the price of an intellectual? Chomsky's fierce talent proves once more that human beings are not condemned to become commodities." - Eduardo Galeano

About the Author

Noam Chomsky is a world renowned linguist and one of our foremost social critics. He is Institute Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT and the author of numerous books for Pluto Press. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 April 2012
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Peers under the shrouds of mythological deceit and slowly unwraps the goods and what emerges under the glit and the tack is not very pretty. There is some polemic, in particular the peculiarities of European warfare in the 16th and 15th Centuries being based on a compressed version of genocide.

Needs to reflect back upon; Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Mongols, Han, Persian Empire Conquest of Armenia and Georgia, Ottoman subjugation of Slavic lands, slavery of the Moors and the East African Slave Trade to regain a perspective.

Apart from this, the book is a thorough devastating brick by brick taking apart of the cathedral built around capitalism, its doctrines of human rights, free trade, racial superiority, genocide, torture, plunder, victimisation, anhilation and cultural wars against indigenous cultures, enacted with a greater perspective than an x ray machine.

The words and the argument builds in layers derived from a perusal of history that highlights where the dead bodies have laid and left a mouldering in the greatest subterfuge enacted since Treblinka and Sobirbor were erased and the equivalent of a childrens theme park built on the remnants.

This book is unrelenting as it takes apart Adam Smith, highlighting his sense of unease with the capitalist project form inception. Includes the will to power enacted by Americas executive, its anhilation of opponents, its destruction of any states that appear rogue, non aligned or not onboard. The building of the Soviet Empire into a menace that created a crutch for more military spending, the outsourcing of work to colonies and then repatriating the capital. The belittlement of unions and any organised labour to create flexible workforces all ripe to be exploited.
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte would certainly endorse this book.

A calm, clear and considered overview of 500+ years of Western Capitalistic-style bullying and greed, and the misery it inflicts on the common people, and their children, across the world - and at home.

Still as relevant in 2016 as when it was published in 1993...23 years on..and on....
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A masterly work Chomsky can always be relied on as an American dissident
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love me some Chomsky 4 April 2017
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My second Chomsky book after Manufacturing Consent. Personally I like this book much more. Less of a case study type read and right down to it. Great!
4.0 out of 5 stars all empires fall 10 July 2015
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still reading it. a perspective of truth denied us as all we knew and were taught in school was only about the 'good west and europeans who discovered everything and all others were savages''. i think this world order is collapsing as there are new players vying for world power.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read historical analysis and synthesis of US policy 10 Aug. 2013
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For anyone trying to understand US policy and its origins and history, this book is an essential tool. Although this edition only goes up to 1992, it contains predictions that have so far come to pass. I would like to see an edition updated to 2013. As usual, Chomsky's analyses and syntheses are eye-opening and answer the many questions that lurk around the edges of the current and former foreign and domestic policy of our government.
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 27 Mar. 2015
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Chomsky continues to deliver the unpleasant truth.
5.0 out of 5 stars Year 501 29 May 2013
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This book is a summary of all the European conquest of the world in a book which holds less than 300 pages.
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