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Understanding Power: The Indespensable Chomsky

Posted in Uncategorized by bookspath on February 25, 2007

Discussions of Noam Chomsky
Edited by Peter R. Mitchell and John Schoeffel.

Noam Chomsky is universally accepted as one of the preeminent public intellectuals of the modern era. Over the past thirty years, broadly diverse audiences have gathered to attend his sold-out lectures. Now, in Understanding Power, Peter R. Mitchell and John Schoeffel have assembled the best of Chomsky’s talks on the past, present, and future of the politics of power.

In a series of enlightening and wide-ranging discussions–published here for the first time–Chomsky radically reinterprets the events of the past three decades, covering topics from foreign policy during the Vietnam War to the decline of welfare under the Clinton administration. And as he elucidates the connection between America’s imperialistic foreign policy and social inequalities at home, Chomsky also discerns the necessary steps to take toward social change. With an eye to political activism and the media’s role in popular struggle, as well as U.S. foreign and domestic policy, Understanding Power is definitive Chomsky.

Characterized by Chomsky’s accessible and informative style, Understanding Power is the ideal book for those new to his work as well as for those who have been listening for years.

Peter R. Mitchell and John Schoeffel are public defenders in New York City.

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