Timely, urgent, and powerfully elucidating, this important volume of previously unpublished interviews conducted by award-winning radio journalist David Barsamian features Noam Chomsky discussing America's policies in an increasingly unstable world. With his famous insight, lucidity, and redoubtable grasp of history, Chomsky offers his views on the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the doctrine of "preemptive" strikes against so-called rogue states, and the prospects of the second Bush administration, warning of the growing threat to international peace posed by the U.S. drive for domination. In his inimitable style, Chomsky also dissects the propaganda system that fabricates a mythic past and airbrushes inconvenient facts out of history.
Barsamian, recipient of the ACLU's Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, has conducted more interviews and radio broadcasts with Chomsky than has any other journalist. Enriched by their unique rapport, Imperial Ambitions explores topics Chomsky has never before discussed, among them the 2004 presidential campaign and election, the future of Social Security, and the increasing threat, including devastating weather patterns, of global warming. The result is an illuminating dialogue with one of the leading thinkers of our time, and a startling picture of the turbulent times in which we live.
Noam's Ramblings are more coherent than most of the right wing's agenda
I'd listen to him talk in his sleep, if he'd let me. This is a man who is able to dissect and analyze U.S. policy plainly, and it is difficult to accept for any American. Yet, without his voice, we'd be subject to the smiling faces of the CNN/Fox drones, with no rational counterpoint for thousands of miles. It's interesting to note that another reviewer says that Noam's point of view is that the U.S. is the only evil-doer in the world. That's never what he's proposed. Rather, anyone who digs through the rubbish that is on our current journalism menu here in America can clearly build the same cases that Noam makes: the U.S. and its foreign policy are one of a few powerful and bad influences in the world today. Our support for corrupt and harsh regimes put us in the company with many whom the "news" networks will readily denounce...once the White House has decided to flip on them, and gives the all clear. It's well worth a listen, if just for a reality check.
As brilliant as it is hard to hear
Chomsky's analysis and insight are brilliant and to the point. The truth is often hard to hear - and truthtellers are often reviled - all the more reason why any thinking American should hear what he has to say. We have seen the enemy, and the enemy is us.
big words from "anonymous" users
It's interesting to see that all of the itunes users who slammed this release are "anonymous"; Typical cowardly behavior by people who refuse to accept the truth around them. You either accept Chomsky and his controversial thought processes or you don't. Individuals who choose to think for themselves and look inwardly to understand the world in which they live will appreciate the intense and often profound insight Chomsky delivers.