Hegemony Or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance

Paperback | September 1, 2004

byNoam Chomsky

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"Reading Chomsky today is sobering and instructive . . . He is a global phenomenon . . . perhaps the most widely read voice on foreign policy on the planet." -The New York Times Book Review

An immediate national bestseller, Hegemony or Survival demonstrates how, for more than half a century the United States has been pursuing a grand imperial strategy with the aim of staking out the globe. Our leaders have shown themselves willing-as in the Cuban missile crisis-to follow the dream of dominance no matter how high the risks. World-renowned intellectual Noam Chomsky investigates how we came to this perilous moment and why our rulers are willing to jeopardize the future of our species.

With the striking logic that is his trademark, Chomsky tracks the U.S. government's aggressive pursuit of "full spectrum dominance" and vividly lays out how the most recent manifestations of the politics of global control-from unilateralism to the dismantling of international agreements to state terrorism-cohere in a drive for hegemony that ultimately threatens our existence. Lucidly written, thoroughly documented, and featuring a new afterword by the author, Hegemony or Survival is a definitive statement from one of today's most influential thinkers.

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Lucidly written, thoroughly documented, and featuring a new Afterword by the author, "Hegemony or Survival" is today's most influential thinker's definitive statement on America's alleged quest for global dominance.

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"Reading Chomsky today is sobering and instructive . . . He is a global phenomenon . . . perhaps the most widely read voice on foreign policy on the planet." -The New York Times Book ReviewAn immediate national bestseller, Hegemony or Survival demonstrates how, for more than half a century the United States has been pursuing a grand...

Noam Chomsky is the author of numerous bestselling political works, including Hegemony or Survival, Failed States, Imperial Ambitions and What We Say Goes. A professor of linguistics and philosophy at MIT, he is widely credited with having revolutionized modern linguistics. He lives outside Boston, Massachusetts.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.34 × 6.46 × 0.88 inPublished:September 1, 2004Publisher:Henry Holt and Co.Language:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Informative, but sometimes repetitive An informative, but sometimes repetitive, look at US foreign policy in relation to the quest for global dominance since World War II. Not an easy or pleasant read, but quite interesting. Chomsky really sets out to portray the US as the leading terrorist state.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from No real surprises I’m surprised there are not more reviews on this. To begin with, Chomsky details the “grand arena” which he commonly does in several other books (necessary illusions, for example). He does this as to get his foot in the door for his argument/thesis. Honestly, when you’ve read a lot of Chomsky’s work, (books, articles, and interviews) it gets really repetitive. Also with his typical quotes of Madison/Hamilton to make the distinction of the elite/population. He nevertheless, outlines the Bush administration’s national security strategy to implement why the America is actively engaging in its current policies. He also goes in to discuss the propaganda war with weapons of mass destruction, the discipline and control of its own people of fear (recall rogue state) and legislation (patriot act). He makes some useful distinctions of what is meant by terrorism, its ambiguities, etc. It’s a good read, actually a good starting point for Chomsky beginners, or somebody who is interested in US policy, and the current US affairs of today. Nevertheless, Chomsky doesn’t really add anything “new” if you are familiar with his work, but if you’re not, then I would recommend it. For me, his insight into post 911 America isn’t really informative if you simply read between the newspaper’s lines.
Date published: 2005-02-25

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We are entering a period of human history that may provide an answer to the question of whether there is intelligent life on earth, at least in the sense of "intelligence" that might be admired by a sensible extraterrestrial observer. The most hopeful prospect is that the question will not be answered: for any definitive response can only conclude that humans are a kind of "biological error," using their allotted 100,000 years—the life expectancy of a species—to destroy themselves and, in the process, much else. Humans have surely developed the capacity to do just that: our hypothetical extraterrestrial observer might argue that they have demonstrated that destructiveness throughout their history, and dramatically so in the past few hundred years—with an assault on biological diversity, on the environment that sustains life, and, with cold and calculated savagery, on each other as well.

From Our Editors

Lucidly written, thoroughly documented, and featuring a new Afterword by the author, "Hegemony or Survival" is today's most influential thinker's definitive statement on America's alleged quest for global dominance.

Editorial Reviews

"If, for reasons of chance, or circumstance (or sloth), you have to pick just one book on the subject of the American Empire, I'd say pick this one. It's the Full Monty. It's Chomsky at his best. Hegemony or Survival is necessary reading." -Arundhati Roy

"Reading Chomsky today is sobering and instructive." -Samantha Power, The New York Times

"Highly readable...cogent and provocative." -Publishers Weekly