Interventions, by Noam Chomsky, is getting new press after the Pentagon banned the book from Guantanamo Bay's prison library. The Miami Herald broke the story on October 11, 2009, and stories followed in The Washington Independent, the Boston Herald, and other outlets. Democracy Now! picked up the story on October 13: "Published in 2007, Interventions compiles a series of Chomsky's columns. The Pentagon has refused to explain why the book has been barred."Interventions is Noam Chomsky at his best. Not since his all-time best-selling title, 9/11, published in the Open Media series in 2001, have readers and listeners had a timely, short, affordable Chomsky. Unlike 9/11, Interventions is a writerly work - a series of more than 30 tightly argued essays aimed at various aspects of U.S. power and politics in the post-9/11 world. While critical of U.S. military interventions around the globe, each piece in the book is in itself an intellectual intervention aimed at raising public ire about the consequences of U.S. use of power at home and abroad.
Interventions' subjects span from 9/11 and the Iraq war to Social Security and Intelligent Design, South America and Asia, the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the election of Hamas, Hurricane Katrina, and the U.S. concept of "just war".
According to BusinessWeek, "With relentless logic, Chomsky bids us to listen closely to what our leaders tell us - and to discern what they are leaving out.... Agree with him or not, we lose out by not listening." Chomsky's Interventions delivers what readers and listeners want: an accessible set of skeleton keys for opening up a wide range of global issues dominating today's political landscape.
Noam Chomsky is the critically acclaimed author of many books, including Hegemony or Survival, Imperial Ambitions, Failed States, Manufacturing Consent, and Media Control.
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"Chomsky is a global phenomenon... perhaps the most widely read voice on foreign policy on the planet." (The New York Times Book Review)
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"Chomsky on Fire"
Interventions is a series of 30+ tightly-argued essays aimed at US power and politics in the post-9/11 world. Interventions is designed to raise lucid awareness about the consequences of U.S. power moves at home and abroad— from Social Security and "Intelligent Design," to the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and South America, and Asia. Yeah, pretty busy.
The U.S. concept of a "just war" just got blown up.
"Freshly Ground Pepper"
These essays are focused and biting - bringing to the reader the unvarnished and chilling truth about our corrupt government and it's functioning in the world.
It's scary how uninformed we are. Everyone should read this book. The truth will set you free.
"not a great book"
It is not such a great book. It needed a better story and performance as well.
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