Requiem for the American Dream

  • by Noam Chomsky
  • Narrated by Donald Corren
  • 3 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Noam Chomsky is widely regarded as the most influential thinker of our time, but never before has he devoted a major book to one topic: income inequality.
"During the Great Depression, things were much worse than they are today, but there was an expectation that things were going to get better. There was a real sense of hopefulness. There isn't today.... Inequality is really unprecedented. In terms of total inequality, it's like the worst periods in American history. But if you refine it more closely, the inequality comes from the extreme wealth in a tiny sector of the population, a fraction of 1 percent.... Not only is it extremely unjust in itself, inequality has highly negative consequences on the society as a whole because the very fact of inequality has a corrosive, harmful effect on democracy."
(Noam Chomsky, in Requiem for the American Dream)
Requiem for the American Dream is not an essay collection but an entire work of some 70,000 words, based on four years of interviews with Chomsky by the editors. Chomsky considers these to be his final, long-form documentary interviews. It is a book that makes Chomsky's breadth and depth accessible and at the same time gives us his most powerful political ideas with unprecedented, breathtaking directness. It will go down as one of his greatest and most lasting contributions.
Requiem for the American Dream is being produced in tandem with the film of the same name that was recently released in selected theaters to rave reviews and standing ovations. It will be on Netflix and touring colleges prior to the book's release.

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Book is great, Narrator is terrible

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Definitely. Very insightful analysis with support from historical references. But I would recommend that they read this book rather than listen to Donald Corren narrate.


What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

This book really doesn't have an "ending", just a scholarly analysis of various points.


How could the performance have been better?

By choosing anyone else as the narrator. Book itself & content is excellent. However, the narrator frequently substitutes words that change the meaning ("was" for "is", etc.). In fact there is such a substitution in the very first sentence of the forward note ("subjectively" for "objectively"). Clearly, no review was done of the Audible recording.


Did Requiem for the American Dream inspire you to do anything?

Read more books by Noam Chomsky, and never to listen another book narrated by Donald Corren.


Any additional comments?

Another narrator should be found, and the narration should be re-recorded using a new narrator. Noam Chomsky would be a good choice to narrate this book.

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- rhw

Excellent analysis of the present American reality

Book version of the documentary Requiem for the American Dream
Very well structured and well written.
Important references give support to the conclusions
Highly recommended for those interested In understanding the American today reality
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- Sergio Sarita

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-28-2017
  • Publisher: Recorded Books