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The world's foremost critic of U.S. foreign policy exposes the hollow promises of democracy in American actions abroad—and at home

The United States has repeatedly asserted its right to intervene against "failed states" around the globe. In this much anticipated sequel to his international bestseller Hegemony or Survival, Noam Chomsky turns the tables, charging the United States with being a "failed state," and thus a danger to its own people and the world.

"Failed states" Chomsky writes, are those "that do not protect their citizens from violence and perhaps even destruction, that regard themselves as beyond the reach of domestic or international law, and that suffer from a ‘democratic deficit,' having democratic forms but with limited substance." Exploring recent U.S. foreign and domestic policies, Chomsky assesses Washington's escalation of the nuclear risk; the dangerous consequences of the occupation of Iraq; and America's self-exemption from international law. He also examines an American electoral system that frustrates genuine political alternatives, thus impeding any meaningful democracy.

Forceful, lucid, and meticulously documented, Failed States offers a comprehensive analysis of a global superpower that has long claimed the right to reshape other nations while its own democratic institutions are in severe crisis, and its policies and practices have recklessly placed the world on the brink of disaster. Systematically dismantling America's claim to being the world's arbiter of democracy, Failed States is Chomsky's most focused—and urgent—critique to date.

Politics & Current Events
April 3
Henry Holt and Co.

Customer Reviews

Tony Reid ,


"Failed States" is a wonderfully powerful book. In my personal opinion, Chomsky does an excellent job in making his case against American imperialism and its self proclaimed dominance. This book tells another story to the United States that no U.S history class will. However, I must say Chomsky's work becomes incredibly more believable after taken several history courses on the subject matter. Chomsky puts the puzzle pieces together in a way that shows us the faults of our system. This book is honestly of my favorites. Thank you Noam Chomsky.

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