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 scrutinising 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.
Noam Chomsky is the bestselling author of over 100 influential political books, including Hegemony or Survival, Imperial Ambitions, Failed States, Interventions, What We Say Goes, Hopes and Prospects, Making the Future, On Anarchism, Masters of Mankind and Who Rules the World. He has also been the subject of numerous books of biography and interviews and has collaborated with journalists on books such as Perilous Power, Gaza in Crisis, and On Palestine. Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor (emeritus) in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Laureate Professor of Linguistics and Agnese Nelms Haury Chair in the Program in Environment and Social Justice at the University of Arizona.
Publisher's description. Noam Chomsky is the world's most influential political commentator, bar none. Here he presents a comprehensive examination of contemporary America, its behaviour at home and abroad, its single-minded pursuit and exercise of power. * Penguin * The west's most prominent critic of US imperialism . . . the closest thing in the English-speaking world to an intellectual superstar * The Guardian * One of the greatest, most radical public thinkers of our time. When the sun sets on the American empire, as it will, as it must, Noam Chomsky's work will survive * Arundhati Roy * Noam Chomsky is a global phenomenon . . . he may be the most widely read American voice on foreign policy on the planet today * New York Times Book Review * A plea to end American hypocrisy, to introduce a more consistently principled dimension to American relations with the world, and, to scrutinize critically how the US government actually exercises its still-unmatched power * New York Review of Books * Chomsky's work is neither theoretical, nor ideological: it is passionate and righteous * Times Literary Supplement *