Imperial Ambitions

  • by Noam Chomsky
  • Narrated by Noam Chomsky, David Barsamian
  • 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Timely, urgent, and powerfully elucidating, this important volume of previously unpublished interviews conducted by award-winning radio journalist David Barsamian features Noam Chomsky discussing America's policies in an increasingly unstable world. With his famous insight, lucidity, and redoubtable grasp of history, Chomsky offers his views on the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the doctrine of "preemptive" strikes against so-called rogue states, and the prospects of the second Bush administration, warning of the growing threat to international peace posed by the U.S. drive for domination. In his inimitable style, Chomsky also dissects the propaganda system that fabricates a mythic past and airbrushes inconvenient facts out of history. Barsamian, recipient of the ACLU's Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, has conducted more interviews and radio broadcasts with Chomsky than has any other journalist. Enriched by their unique rapport, Imperial Ambitions explores topics Chomsky has never before discussed, among them the 2004 presidential campaign and election, the future of Social Security, and the increasing threat, including devastating weather patterns, of global warming. The result is an illuminating dialogue with one of the leading thinkers of our time, and a startling picture of the turbulent times in which we live.

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What the Critics Say

"How did we ever get to be an empire? The writings of Noam Chomsky, America's most useful citizen, are the best answer to that question." (The Boston Globe)

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A must-have in your listening library

Noam Chomsky has important things to say about world affairs, the American government's role in them, in particular. His books, though well-researched and informative, can be a bit overwhelming to a lot of readers, myself included. This series of interviews with David Barsamian, an obvious admirer of Chomsky's, is a great introduction to what Chomsky has to say and what citizens need to do to improve the world we live in. Excluding the first interview, which is done over the phone, the sound quality is very good to excellent.
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- Smelly Ian

I Must Be A Crying, Anti-American, Groupie

The three negative reviews state that Chomsky: 1) "cries" and "bashes" the "civilzed world," "thinks he's cool," and has "hordes of mindless, gullible groupies;" 2) "drones about 'America- the real enemy;" and 3) is an "idiot" and "danger to the civilized world." A mirror image of these people on the left would say they are Right-Wing, Ultra-nationalistic, likely relgious, gun-toting fundamentalists, anti-gay, anti-choice and blindly patriotic.

I, on the other hand, would just like to point out the kind of vocabulary used by these reviewers compaared to the others who say it was a "great book" because Chomsky "says it as it is." Instead of bashing the Right Wing and the evangelists, these reviewers present clear and logical thoughts of why it is a good book. The others point to 'hordes, idiots, crying, groupies and a repetitive "danger to the civlized world."

Personally, one of the things I liked about the book is that the questions were good and the answers were better. And it was not read, but live. I have listened to this book twice already - because the information is important and I don't have a memory like Chomsky's. His thoughts and resources are truly unique- gathering and presenting information that is hard to come by in this day and age.

Now ask yourself: would the world be better off if everyone was like him and the reviewers that thought about what they wrote or would the world be better off if we were all like the others who call names and refer to themselves as civilized in the process?
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- S

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-22-2005
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio