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Edited by James Peck. The Chomsky Reader brings together for the first time the political thought of one of America's leading dissident intellectuals. Drawing from both his published and unpublished work, The Chomsky Reader reveals the underlying radical coherency of his view of the world, from his influential attacks on America's role in Vietnam to his perspective on Central America, Israel and the Palestinians, and the character of the Cold War consensus and the way it benefited both superpowers. Chomsky exposes America's acclaimed freedoms as masking irresponsible power and unjustified privilege, argues that the "free press" is part of a stultifying conformity that pervades all aspects of American intellectual life, and makes the case for a shared elitist ethos in liberalism and communism. Included is a lengthy interview with the editor in which Chomsky discusses his thought in the context of his personal history. Also including "The Responsibility of Intellectuals," and "Language and Freedom," key writings on America's foreign policy.
Part I: Interview
Part II: The Responsibility of Intellectuals
Part III: Interpreting the World
Part IV: The United States and the World
The Cold War
At War with Asia
The Middle East