Who Rules the World?

Who Rules the World?

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Baker & Taylor
The M.I.T. intellectual and best-selling author of Hegemony or Survival and Failed States presents an examination of the waning American Century, the nature of U.S. policies in the post-9/11 world and the dangers of prioritizing military power over democracy and human rights.

McMillan Palgrave

A New York Times Bestseller

The world’s leading intellectual offers a probing examination of the waning American Century, the nature of U.S. 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 U.S. 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.



Baker
& Taylor

Presents an examination of the waning American Century, the nature of U.S. policies in the post-9/11 world, and the dangers of prioritizing military power over democracy and human rights.
"The world's leading intellectual offers a probing examination of the waning American Century, the nature of U.S. 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 U.S. 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"--

Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2016
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781627793810
162779381X
9781627793827
1627793828
Branch Call Number: 327.73 C454w
Characteristics: viii, 307 pages ; 25 cm

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mko123 Jul 23, 2018

This book is a plea to America to take back our democracy from the "masters of mankind", as Adam Smith called them, or the plutocrats of Wall Street, corporations and international financiers. Their only goal is to take everything and leave the rest of us and the planet with nothing. I did not know that the first 9/11 happened in 1973 and was perpetrated by the CIA in Chile,as a way to take out their newly democratically elected president , Allende. Mr. Allende dared to care more about the welfare of his people than of the profits of the U.S.corporations -who bled the country dry of its resources. We then enthroned Pinoche, one of the most brutal, heinous dictators on earth. Chomsky is loathed by democrats and republicans alike because he takes them all to task for their hypocracies and exposes truths that our corporate media refuses to tell its own citizens. This book will make your blood boil, but hopefully it will be a call to action-before it is too late.

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sggramps
Feb 01, 2018

This collection of essays addresses a wide range of current political and economic issues. Mr. Chomsky directs his well informed if often scathing gaze to the multiple conflicts in the Middle East and the Americas, hegemonic plays between superpowers, corporatism, failures of American democracy, nuclear proliferation and environmental issues. While skillfully pointing out the contradictions and failures in policy, the author builds a case that government action largely serves the interest of a corporate elite. The media and government reporting, rooted in American exceptionalism, are blind to the perspectives and concerns of the victims of and subsequent opponents to western interests. A negative tone sometimes makes it difficult to differentiate irony from argument. Ad hominem attacks occasionally detract from the quality of research and the underlying merit of an argument. The author’s broad command of the subject at hand is unfortunately not matched by discipline in presentation. Essays are assembled in no particular order; multitudinous examples frequently lack a connective thread while anecdotes and themes are repeated. A straightforward acknowledgement that this is a collection of essays with the date and location of original publication of each would assist the reader in navigating the volume. Those who seek confirmation of America’s misdeeds will find plenty to regale their appetite; those who seek a more balanced and coherent view with constructive solutions will have to look elsewhere.

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roisin77
May 21, 2017

The review below: Stupid Comments that have no sensibility. Last sentence is an intelligible grammar failure.

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StarGladiator
May 11, 2016

Negative 100 Stars for Pure, fictional revisionism where the Kennedy Administration is concerned! Why does Chomsky continue to spew forth disinformation --- just like the CIA disnformation specialists --- about the Kennedy Administration? Could it be because when they, the CIA, seeded leftist movements in the late 1940s and early 1950s, Chompsky was one of their plants? He certainly fits the mold and he was hired at MIT when Fred Koch, patriarch of the Koch family [you may have heard of the Koch brothers, one hopes] was a trustee there.
After this book of crapola on President Kennedy's administration, and after listening to his daughter spew forth nonsense, excising all labor history [that is, Real History] from US modern history --- there is no other alternative but to believe that the Chomskys are on the CIA's longrange payroll!
[Official answer: The bondholders and central banks, and the central banks are owned by the major banks, which are owned by the super-rich, who comprise the bondholders!]

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