Chomsky's approach to looking at America's policy is no holds barred. This is not your FOX TV description of foreign policy. However, once you get comfortable - and generally you would be if you are reading Chomsky - with the imperfections of an amazing nation, there is much to be learned about what it means in a globalizing world. Highly recommended.
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Watch out for the facts, they may change your mind., January 17, 2004
Reviewer: A reader
I shall not repeat what several other reviewers have said, but here is a personal reactive view.
I have read a fair amount of modern history, and was only vaguely aware (like most Americans) of the many of Chomsky's facts and assertions. Some were so startling that I felt I needed to verify. After researching four and finding them unassailable, I stopped trying to fault the facts. The indictment of US foreign policy that Chomsky devolves from these facts is at such variance with our view of ourselves that one is inclined to look for an explanation. If the facts are not false, then perhaps the interpretation is the problem, so I examined the logic by re-reading the book with careful attention to the relationship between facts and conclusion. There are weaknesses in some places where an argument depends on "respected commentator" or some other unsupported assertion. However, even if one throws out all of the marginal cases, he is still left with a great deal for which to account--a paradigm changer for the honest and open minded, and something to be reviled and suppressed for those determined to believe that Americans are the good guys who go around the world altruistically stamping out evil.
Chomsky stops short of a monolithic conspiracy theory, but the pattern of behavior of the US over the last 60 years that is painted by this book is remarkably consistent and disturbing.
AMAZON.COM 5* REVIEW
A detailed examination of American foreign policy and how we get around the U.N. in order to pursue our own imperialist agenda. Unfortunately, very often Chomsky ends up preaching to the choir when he assumes a common knowledge base of his audience - even though many of the items he discusses are not commonly known or accepted by those who rely on mainstream media. His discourse could use a bit more logical breakdown to be a really effective argument.
Chomsky has written a blistering critique of American foreign policy double-standards and imperial arrogance that can be traced back way beyond Bush II.
Well-written with a sharp wit.
Excellent book in the vein of Chalmers Johnson's work.