InterventionsBook - 2007
Noam Chomsky says that the freedom to challenge power is not just an opportunity, it’s a responsibility. For the past several years Chomsky has been writing essays for The New York Times Syndicate to do just that: challenge power and expose the global consequences of U.S. policy and military actions worldwide. Interventions is a collection of these essays, revised and updated with notes by the author.
While Chomsky's New York Times Syndicate writings are widely published around the world, they have rarely been printed in major U.S. media; none have been published in the New York Times.
Concise and fiercely argued, Interventions covers the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the Bush presidency, Israel and Palestine, national security, the escalating threat of nuclear warfare, and more. A powerful and accessible new book from one of America’s foremost political intellectuals and dissidents.
"Interventions offers over forty of Chomsky’s columns; insightful, crisp and well-researched pieces on news events of the day. From 9-11 to the Iraq War, from the 'non-crisis' of social security to the leveling of Lebanon, Chomsky provides informed opinion and critical analysis." Mumia Abu-Jamal
"Chomsky is a global phenomenon . . . perhaps the most widely read voice on foreign policy on the planet." New York Times Book Review
"Unwavering political contrarian Noam Chomsky smart-bombs the U.S. military's global Interventions (City Lights). Shock and awe!" Vanity Fair
"With relentless logic, Chomsky bids us to listen closely to what our leaders tell usand to discern what they are leaving out. . . . Agree with him or not, we lose out by not listening.” Business Weekly
Noam Chomsky has taught linguistics and philosophy at MIT for more than fifty years. He is a critically-acclaimed author of numerous books, including Hegemony or Survival, Imperial Ambitions, Failed States, Manufacturing Consent, and Media Control and Failed States.
It may surprise even long-time American readers of prominent US foreign policy critic Noam Chomsky to learn that since 2002 he has been penning brief 1000-word essays that have been distributed around the world by the New York Times Syndicate as opinion-editorials (although they will be less surprised to find out that not one has ever appeared in the pages of the Times itself). This volume collects 44 of those pieces, in which Chomsky critically analyzes events from September 2002 through March 2007. As might be expected, the bulk of the essays deal with the US invasion of Iraq, but other issues are covered as well, including Hurricane Katrina, threats against Iran, the recent Israeli attack on Lebanon, the Israel- Palestine conflict, and the politically leftward drift of Latin America. Also included is a foreword by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting's Peter Hart on the dearth of critical voices in the American corporate media. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)