Hopes and Prospects

  • by Noam Chomsky
  • Narrated by Brian Jones
  • 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this urgent new book, Noam Chomsky examines the dangers and prospects of our early 21st century. Exploring challenges such as the growing gap between North and South, American exceptionalism (including under President Obama), the fiascos of Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S.-Israeli assault on Gaza, and the recent recent financial bailouts, he also sees hope for the future. Chomsky surveys the democratic wave in Latin America and the growing global solidarity movements that suggest “progress toward freedom and justice”.
Hopes and Prospects is essential listening for anyone who is concerned about the primary challenges still facing the human race.

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What the Critics Say

“This is a classic Chomsky work: a bonfire of myths and lies, sophistries and delusions. Noam Chomsky is an enduring inspiration all over the world for the simple reason that he is a truth-teller on an epic scale. I salute him.” (John Pilger, journalist and documentary filmmaker)

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An Intellectual Wind Tunnel

Business Week once said "reading Chomsky is like standing in a wind tunnel." And they may well have been talking about Hopes and Prospects. With unimpeachable evidence and ruthless logic, Chomsky quickly batters down popular notions about the American political system. Unlike many other books by highly intellectual professors, however, the author opts to write in an accessible, easily understandable style instead of showing off his vocabulary.

Instead of accepting the idea that members of the government as representatives of the popular will and servants of the public good, Chomsky approaches power cynicism. Power, he argues, has little concern for the average person. Instead, it ruthlessly serves the interests of the elite. Drawing on official documents, mainstream scholarship, and candid remarks by officials, he demolishes every notion about our government that we hear from the media, learn in school, and are told by our leaders.

Although Hopes and Prospects utilizes sources which are in the public record, the issues discussed are not part of the public consciousness. The stories, salvaged from dusty archives and little read policy journals, are as shocking as they are unheard of. The Iraq war was launched in the expectation it would increase the risk of terrorism. Woodrow Wilson, far from the idealist he is portrayed as, sent marines to install brutal pro-American dictatorship across Latin America. The second Bush administration kidnapped Haiti's first elected President and installed a bloody dictatorship.

Hopes and Prospects is a compilation of hundreds of such anecdotes, drawn from official records, but erased from official memory. The reader is left as shocked at the book's revelations as they are that they had never heard of them before. Agree with Chomsky or not, no one's political education is complete without reading at least one of his books. Not many books can radically reshape your worldview in a few hours.
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- AR "AR"

What's with this guy?

What would have made Hopes and Prospects better?

This guy is so subversive and delusional it goes beyond reason. Sure, America and Europe have faults, but he forgets the sacrifices and charity of so many in that set. That half Europe and America fought and many died to defeat the Nazi's and Imperial Japanese . That 4/5ths of Americans (not counting slaves) fought to end slavery. He ignores atrocities of many 3rd world civilizations or just conveniently blames those behaviours on European influence. This guy is so off-base it makes your head spin. His arguments are heuristic , rife with omission and described in only contexts favorable to his opinions.


What was most disappointing about Noam Chomsky’s story?

The realization that he spreads his ill will around the globe and that he has an audience as delusional and/or agenda-driven as he is. Chomsky clearly has an audience that keeps his subversion machine rolling.


What didn’t you like about Brian Jones’s performance?

Bland, like the book.


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. He condemns the wicked European culture and praises all other cultures. He condemns hatred, except when it applies to the wicked European culture and its descendants. He has plenty of venom for them.


Any additional comments?

This book is misleading and frankly it sucks.

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- Matt

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-04-2011
  • Publisher: Haymarket Books