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In a single volume, the seminal writings of the world's leading philosopher, linguist, and critic, published to coincide with his 80th birthday.

For the past 40 years Noam Chomsky's writings on politics and language have established him as a preeminent public intellectual and as one of the most original and wide-ranging political and social critics of our time. Among the seminal figures in linguistic theory over the past century, since the 1960s Chomsky has also secured a place as perhaps the leading dissident voice in the United States.

Chomsky's many best-selling works - including Manufacturing Consent, Hegemony or Survival, Understanding Power, and Failed States - have served as essential touchstones for dissidents, activists, scholars, and concerned citizens on subjects ranging from the media to human rights to intellectual freedom. In particular, Chomsky's scathing critiques of the U.S. wars in Vietnam, Central America, and the Middle East have furnished a widely accepted intellectual inspiration for antiwar movements over nearly four decades.

The Essential Chomsky assembles the core of his most important writings, including excerpts from his most influential texts over the past 40 years. Here is an unprecedented, comprehensive overview of Chomsky's thought.

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  • Thomas Dargan
  • 02-05-2016

Hard to listen to after the first hour

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What was one of the most memorable moments of The Essential Chomsky?

Demolishing BF Skinner

Would you be willing to try another one of Kevin Stillwell’s performances?

The reader goes off the rails. He gets sick, or bored, or tired, or something, and his tone and inflection stop matching the words and the ideas. The producer should have caught this. The reading perfomance is distracting, and makes it very difficult to follow Chomsky, who is a very dense and demanding writer.

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  • Niny Pagan
  • 25-02-2017

Better as book

this book is really a collection of two books one on linguistics (too dense for audio) and one on politics. The latter shows the range of Choamsk's writings from Vietnam to now.

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  • Daniel
  • 02-01-2017

Noam is a true visionary humanitarian.

Loved it, was very eye opening as always. Plenty simple Noam genius chronicled! At least worth one read!

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  • Customer 503
  • 13-06-2017

unfortunate narration

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constantly distracted by the theatrically pretentious reading. akin to a subtle Snidely Whiplash reading of Noam Chomsky.

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  • JT
  • 21-09-2017

Frequent French with no translations.

If you are offering an audio book where the author quotes French literature and you say the quote in French, TRANSLATE THE FUCKING QUOTE.

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  • AA
  • 12-03-2018

Great Read, Difficult Listen

Excellent set of essays. They feel more appropriate to read that to be listened to.

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  • yeet yeeters
  • 12-05-2021

Berry gutt

Very eye opening indeed, a total recommend for those who may wish to give the other side a fair shot as it were.

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  • C. J. Vazquez
  • 15-06-2020

Book repeats passages

Not sure why, but entire sections of the book are duplicated. Might be a compilation error.

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  • J. C. de Vrieze
  • 17-02-2018

As insightful as cynical.

A must read for anyone who wants to understand what US foreign policy is about.

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  • CHET YARBROUGH
  • 04-08-2014

NOAM CHOMSKY

Noam Chomsky is a brilliant intellectual and Socratic genius, but like most geniuses, he is a frustratingly inept political strategist and tactician. Chomsky is an impractical idealist.

Chomsky has been at the forefront of the battle against government control of human freedom–beginning, most famously, with the Vietnam antiwar movement but extending to present day conflicts in Israel, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Chomsky argues that the underlying mechanism for all nation-state’ conflicts is imperialism. He strongly believes capitalism is the source of many of these conflicts because of America’s preeminent economic and political position in the world. Just as Lord Acton said, “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”–Chomsky views America as the world’s leading corrupter, with China nipping at its’ shirttail, and other post-industrial nations serving the same shirt maker.

Where Chomsky frustrates his audience is when the question is asked, “What can we do?” Chomsky does a magnificent job of analyzing the problem. But, his solution is to politically organize based on ideals; then, raise hell with the establishment.

Without addressing the nature of human beings, nothing will change. Capitalism, with all its’ faults, is the best system of community that takes the nature of human beings into consideration. Geniuses like Chomsky need to address ideas that can take the place of capitalism; that offer a better way of life, without ignoring the nature of human beings. The inchoate ideas of more freedom, marching on Washington, or “Occupy Wall Street” do not offer alternatives to capitalism; they offer only twittered and tweaked capitalism.

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  • Honest Dude
  • 12-07-2018

Some of the Essays are very interesting

This work is collection of essays covering various areas of activism, philosophy and linguistics.

I found the essays on linguistics to be very heavy and difficult to follow, However anyone with a grounding in linguistics will probably be able to appreciate these essays.

His essays on various conflicts and current affairs are interesting.

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  • Sab London
  • 10-02-2016

Illuminating and exceptional

Great collection of Chomsky works! You can't go wrong with this if you want to understand how this world works.

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  • Roland Monsegu
  • 01-12-2020

I didn't understand the way this book has been com

I am a big fan of Chomsky, however, I didn't understand the way this book has been compiled. It mixes linguistics, phylosophy, linguistics, power, news media and again. The topics are so varied that, unless, you are a Chomsky's Scholar, you might find this book very difficult to concentrate on.

Interesting parts:
- Chapter 13, US-Israel special relationship. Sparta of the Middle East. Views; Israel is a Mercenary state. It gives USA the capacity to strike instantly, instead of having to plan for months in advance or wait for Congress to approve“
- Last two chapter, second war in Irak and the future relationship with other nations. Focus on Asia and Europe.

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  • Max
  • 02-08-2020

What a banger!

Incredibly insightful in many aspects of intellectualism as always. From theory of mind to understanding US foreign policy, you'll learn from one of the smartest people to have ever walked this planet.

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  • Brian Maunder
  • 03-04-2020

Could not listen anymore.

Way too complicated, had to stop listening and delete. Difficult to get into. Relieved it is over for me and not required to listen to anymore..

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