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Who Rules the World?

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Narrated by: Brian Jones
Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
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Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Who Rules the World? by Noam Chomsky, read by Brian Jones.

Internationally renowned political commentator Noam Chomsky examines America's pursuit and exercise of power in a post-9/11 world.

Noam Chomsky is the world's foremost intellectual activist. Over the last half century, no one has done more to question the great global powers who govern our lives, forensically scrutinizing policies and actions, calling our politicians, institutions and media to account.

The culmination of years of work, Who Rules the World? is Chomsky's definitive intellectual investigation into the major issues of our times. From the dark history of the US and Cuba to China's global rise, from torture memos to sanctions on Iran, Chomsky explores how America's talk of freedom and human rights is often at odds with its actions.

Delving deep into the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Israel/Palestine, he provides nuanced, surprising insights into the workings of modern-day imperial power. The world's political and financial elite have become ever more insulated from democratic constraints on their actions.

Chomsky shines a powerful light on this inconvenient truth. With climate change and nuclear proliferation threatening the survival of our civilization, the message has never been more pertinent or more urgent: the need for an engaged and active public to steer the world away from disaster grows ever greater.

Fiercely outspoken and rigorously argued, Who Rules the World? is an indispensable guide to how things really are from the lone authoritative voice courageous and clear-sighted enough to tell us the truth.

©2016 Noam Chomsky (P)2016 Penguin Books Limited

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An excellent analysis of post world war 2 global politics. If you are interested in current affairs and politics give this a go.

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must read again

will need to lusten to this book several times as there is so much factual information ... easy listening.. Very enlightening

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Brilliant and a must...

...for anyone interested in politics or international affairs. Well-structured, good topic selection, interesting context provided

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Terrible narrator

The book itself is really good but the narrators voice is really sleep inducing. Feel asleep pretty much every time I listened to it, so bought the actual paper copy instead.

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A must read for anyone

Clear, well sourced assessment of 20th century US, British, and Israeli foreign policy. You'll never view the media narrative the same way again

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So brutally honest...

Chomsky is a rare breed of American - concerned with the truth and nothing but the truth. It's so refreshing and unique to hear a respected US scholar telling the truth without bias. There are far too few of his ilk in the world and the human population is poorer for it...

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A scathing review of U.S. foreign policy

A scathing review of U.S. foreign policy. Oddly repetitive at times and audiobook has no chapter titles (really annoying.) Other than that, great book, great narration.

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In depth discussion on a range of topics, but it felt like the entire book was being narrated like a movie trailer.

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The worst narration....EVER!

I’ve never heard such a boring, listless, unstructured-sounding voiceover for a prominent book....ever! I bought the Audible version due to not wanting to sit in traffic and do nothing for the next week of commuting. Bad mistake. I’m just going to read it when I have the time, as it’ll be far more engaging and I’ll appreciate the writing more.

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I was expecting broader content

I was expecting insights into different influencers of world power, soft, hard, direct and indirect. What I actually got was a 10 hour rant about the USA and Israel. I can see why they are key topics in who rules the world but the book could have been better described and titled considering there not much else discussed. Perhaps "How the USA rules the world" or something.