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Publisher's Summary

The world's leading intellectual offers a probing examination of the waning American century, the nature of US policies post-9/11, and the perils of valuing power above democracy and human rights.
In an incisive, thorough analysis of the current international situation, Noam Chomsky argues that the United States, through its military-first policies and its unstinting devotion to maintaining a world-spanning empire, is both risking catastrophe and wrecking the global commons. Drawing on a wide range of examples, from the expanding drone assassination program to the threat of nuclear warfare as well as the flashpoints of Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Israel/Palestine, he offers unexpected and nuanced insights into the workings of imperial power on our increasingly chaotic planet.
In the process Chomsky provides a brilliant anatomy of just how US elites have grown ever more insulated from any democratic constraints on their power. While the broader population is lulled into apathy - diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable - the corporations and the rich have increasingly been allowed to do as they please.
Fierce, unsparing, and meticulously documented, Who Rules the World? delivers the indispensable understanding of the central conflicts and dangers of our time that we have come to expect from Chomsky.
©2016 Valeria Wasserman-Chomsky (P)2016 Macmillan Audio
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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 12-01-16

Horrible narration by Brian Jones

Horrible narration by Brian Jones. The artificially deep voice and the very choppy delivery make following Chomsky's words challenging. Just buy the book

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2 out of 5 stars
By A Green on 03-24-17

Why this narrator was a poor choice

Chomsky has such a worthwhile and well researched perspective. For those who are familiar with his way of speaking, this narrator will drive you nuts! Chomsky is so darned reasonable and unexciteable so it makes no sense to narrate with a melodramayic movie-preview voice. I don't believe the narrator understands what he's reading so it makes an already dense text even more difficult to follow. I keep trying to listen but I think I'll just have to read the print copy if this is the only audio option.

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