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Who Rules the World?

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Narrated by: Brian Jones
Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
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Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Who Rules the World? by Noam Chomsky, read by Brian Jones.

Internationally renowned political commentator Noam Chomsky examines America's pursuit and exercise of power in a post-9/11 world.

Noam Chomsky is the world's foremost intellectual activist. Over the last half century, no one has done more to question the great global powers who govern our lives, forensically scrutinizing policies and actions, calling our politicians, institutions and media to account.

The culmination of years of work, Who Rules the World? is Chomsky's definitive intellectual investigation into the major issues of our times. From the dark history of the US and Cuba to China's global rise, from torture memos to sanctions on Iran, Chomsky explores how America's talk of freedom and human rights is often at odds with its actions.

Delving deep into the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Israel/Palestine, he provides nuanced, surprising insights into the workings of modern-day imperial power. The world's political and financial elite have become ever more insulated from democratic constraints on their actions.

Chomsky shines a powerful light on this inconvenient truth. With climate change and nuclear proliferation threatening the survival of our civilization, the message has never been more pertinent or more urgent: the need for an engaged and active public to steer the world away from disaster grows ever greater.

Fiercely outspoken and rigorously argued, Who Rules the World? is an indispensable guide to how things really are from the lone authoritative voice courageous and clear-sighted enough to tell us the truth.

©2016 Noam Chomsky (P)2016 Penguin Books Limited

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Not an easy read

I got through it and glad I did. The last sentence was the big message - 'Who rules the world? The question really is What principles rule the world?'. It certainly made me think about how much rhetoric and propaganda I accept without question. This book came across as a rant against American and Israeli politics and what are the drivers. You'd have to be seriously knowledgeable to discern how much is rhetoric and how much is indeed fact - those under attack have no opportunity in the book to defend themselves (such as every American president in the last century), and unless you've got the time to research it all yourself, you just have to hear it and move on. I neither accept nor reject, but am very grateful to Mr Chomsky for waking me up to a much broader range of possibilities. He paints a frightening picture. If the leaders of this world choose to ignore principles of law, and do whatever it takes to get the job done, regardless of the law, then we have a lot to be concerned about.

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eye opening

loved it. One day the message will spread and people will revolt. The truth always comes out

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Noam chomsky brilliant as always

Some theories are a little repetitive but overall good. Recommend reading last chapter first for summary.

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Good But Repetitive

Love chomsky but the repetition in this work and with respect to others in huge.

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Dense but eye-opening.

Brian Jones's deep voice, clearly picked for its similarity to Chomsky's, is hard to hear sometimes. Even with the volume way up, I found myself not catching words here and there. In a book this information-dense that meant hitting the rewind button a lot.

Chomsky repeats himself often in this book, perhaps to make sure the reader remembers key details, but it's usually a word for word repetition that makes you think you've accidentally jumped back a few chapters.

This book made me realise how little history I knew. There's a certain amount of assumed knowledge for this book - I had to pause and google names and events so that I could follow along in some parts. That's no fault of Chomsky's, though. If you lived through the cold war or have an American education then it's probably all pretty familiar.

I've wanted to read a Noam Chomsky book for a long time and I'm glad it was this one. He quotes several other books throughout, as well, so I'll be able to flesh out my knowledge of some of the topics and events he spoke of.

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What disappointed you about Who Rules the World??

Quite a turgid reading, very dry and hard to follow

What was most disappointing about Noam Chomsky’s story?

To difficult to get to the point, I kept losing interest and never really getting to the story. Didn't get past chapter 1 before deciding I hated it.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator is formal and boring sounding. If I wasn't walking while I was listening I would have fallen asleep.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom

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brilliant and terrifying

Another almost unbelievable insite into US power. Another must read. Low star rating only due to the lack of a logical progress through the book, it is not clearly structured or segmented to allow easy listening.

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insightful

A very insightful read. Everone needs to read it. People need to understand the truth of what the media and govt tell them.

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brilliant overview and analysis of how we got here

loved it! so informative, although the level of honesty about US global behaviour leaves little hope for the future...

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Brilliant and insightful

An essential read for anyone who believes in democracy, self determination and being honest with themselves. A searing and comprehensive dismantling of the dishonest intellectuals lauding praise on the cliche of the first black American President and American exceptionalism in general.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-11-2016

Sober Critique

An excellent analysis of post world war 2 global politics. If you are interested in current affairs and politics give this a go.

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  • Al
  • 11-10-2018

must read again

will need to lusten to this book several times as there is so much factual information ... easy listening.. Very enlightening

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  • M. Zoltan Fekete
  • 08-10-2018

Brilliant and a must...

...for anyone interested in politics or international affairs. Well-structured, good topic selection, interesting context provided

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  • Farhana Akthar
  • 28-01-2018

Terrible narrator

The book itself is really good but the narrators voice is really sleep inducing. Feel asleep pretty much every time I listened to it, so bought the actual paper copy instead.

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  • John Hodgson
  • 31-10-2017

A must read for anyone

Clear, well sourced assessment of 20th century US, British, and Israeli foreign policy. You'll never view the media narrative the same way again

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-10-2019

So brutally honest...

Chomsky is a rare breed of American - concerned with the truth and nothing but the truth. It's so refreshing and unique to hear a respected US scholar telling the truth without bias. There are far too few of his ilk in the world and the human population is poorer for it...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-08-2019

A scathing review of U.S. foreign policy

A scathing review of U.S. foreign policy. Oddly repetitive at times and audiobook has no chapter titles (really annoying.) Other than that, great book, great narration.

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  • RiWoo
  • 07-06-2019

plus and minus

In depth discussion on a range of topics, but it felt like the entire book was being narrated like a movie trailer.

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  • Doc
  • 15-04-2019

The worst narration....EVER!

I’ve never heard such a boring, listless, unstructured-sounding voiceover for a prominent book....ever! I bought the Audible version due to not wanting to sit in traffic and do nothing for the next week of commuting. Bad mistake. I’m just going to read it when I have the time, as it’ll be far more engaging and I’ll appreciate the writing more.

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  • pockets
  • 25-03-2019

I was expecting broader content

I was expecting insights into different influencers of world power, soft, hard, direct and indirect. What I actually got was a 10 hour rant about the USA and Israel. I can see why they are key topics in who rules the world but the book could have been better described and titled considering there not much else discussed. Perhaps "How the USA rules the world" or something.