Hegemony Or Survival

Version: Unabridged
Author: Noam Chomsky
Narrator: Brian Jones
Genres: History
Publisher: Audio Renaissance
Published In: November 2003
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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The world's foremost intellectual activist narrates his irrefutable analysis of America's pursuit of total domination and the catastrophic consequences that are sure to follow
The United States is in the process of staking out not just the globe but the last unarmed spot in our neighborhood--the heavens--as a militarized sphere of influence. Our earth and its skies are, for the Bush administration, the final frontiers of imperial control. In Hegemony or Survival, Noam Chomsky investigates how we came to this moment, what kind of peril we find ourselves in, and why our rulers are willing to jeopardize the future of our species.
With the striking logic that is his trademark, Chomsky dissects America's quest for global supremacy, tracking the U.S. government's aggressive pursuit of policies intended to achieve "full spectrum dominance" at any cost. He lays out vividly how the various strands of policy cohere in a drive for hegemony that ultimately threatens our survival. In our era, he argues, empire is a recipe for an earthly wasteland.
Lucid, rigorous, and thoroughly documented, "Hegemony or Survival" promises to be Chomsky's most urgent and sweeping work in years, certain to spark widespread debate.

Reviews (4)

Hegemony or Survival

Written by Michael Hamptonfitzgerald on July 24th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Noam Chomsky does a great job detailing the lengths that the U.S. government has taken in order to maintain power over the world, at the cost of world peace. What is sad is that power corrupts and information is kept secret in order to keep this power. This book illustrates that and more. Noam Chomsky is one of the better writers of today. Its a shame that informing the public is relegated to books and other documentary style mediums and not the mainstream news channels where it would do the most good.

Good Stuff

Written by -=On The Road=- on March 4th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Reading this book will result in anger. Anger and Fear. The immediate impression of the book is to make the reader aware of how many species of life existed on Earth (50 billion) and the average life span of those species (100,000 years.) Man has been intelligent for approximately 100,000 years. What Noam Chomsky reveals is a near death scenario involving the Cuban Missile Crisis, leading up to George Bush’s plan to arm space. He also put globalization into perspective. The crime of globalization is not that Tibetan monks are wearing Peace Chucks but that Nike is charging 50 bucks for them. Chomsky's latest book changes a person's interest in economics from a labor outlook to a survival outlook. Plenty of historical precedence is presented along with a vision of the future. Chomsky gives an alternative: compassion. I do admire his commitment to the alternative. My favorite bit is his analogy (written pre-Hussein capture) about invading Iraq for regime change. He said it like this: Imagine a school bus getting hijacked. In retaliation the U.S. would destroy the bus and it’s contents, but save the hijacker because they want him to stand trial. An excellent book, but hard to read, because of the outrage that comes along with it.

A must read (or listen!)

Written by Richard Dumas on October 18th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I could ramble on and on about this book, but suffice it to say that I believe it is one of the most important books of this genre that has hit the shelves lately. It's an eye opening look at American policy in the world since the end of WW II. This should be mandatory reading for anyone who calls themselves a patriot.

Hegemony or Survival

Written by Ralph M from Toronto, ON on August 27th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A very critical look at the policys of the US governemt (both Republican and Democrat) over the past 100 years from a perspective you'll never see on CNN. Chomsky isn't into 'conspiracys'. The evil the US government does is out in the open for everyone to see. Extremely interesting and chilling. Should be standard reading in US schools.

Author Details

Author Details

Chomsky, Noam

"Noam Avram Chomsky was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 7, 1928. He received his early education at Oak Lane Country Day School and Central High School, Philadelphia. He continued his education at the University of Pennsylvania where he studied linguistics, mathematics, and philosophy. In 1955, he received his Ph. D. from the University of Pennsylvania, however, most of the research leading to this degree was done at Harvard between 1951 and 1955. Since receiving his Ph. D., Chomsky has taught at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he now holds the Ferrari P. Ward Chair of Modern Language and Linguistics. Noam was married to Carol Schatz on December 24, 1949 and has two children.

Chomsky has made his reputation in linguistics. He learned some of the historical principles of linguistics from his father, William, who was a Hebrew scholar. In fact, some of his early research, which he did for his Masters, was on the modern spoken Hebrew language. Among his many accomplishments, he is most famous for his work on generative grammar, which developed from his interest in modern logic and mathematical foundations. As a result, he applied it to the description of natural languages. As a student, Noam was heavily influenced by Zellig Harris, who was Professor of Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania. It was Chomsky's sympathy to Harris's political views that steered him toward work as a graduate student in linguistics.

Noam has always been interested in politics, and it is said that politics has brought him into the linguistics field. His political tendencies toward socialism and anarchism are a result of what he calls ""the radical Jewish community in New York."" Since 1965 he has become one of the leading critics of U.S. foreign policy. He published a book of essays called American Power and the New Mandarins which is considered to be one of the most substantial arguments ever against American involvement in Vietnam.

Chomsky is very respected and has been honored numerous times in the academic arena. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of London and the University of Chicago, as well as having been invited to lecture all over the world. In 1967, he delivered the Beckman Lectures at the University of California at Berkeley. In 1969, he presented the John Locke Lectures at the University of Oxford and Sherman Memorial Lectures at the University of London. Noam Chomsky was born December 7, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of William Chomsky, an emigrant from Russia. His father was a teacher of Hebrew and published a scholarly edition of a medieval Hebrew grammar. Between 1940 and1945 he became acquainted with the workings of the socialist-anarchist New York City Jewish intellectual community and considered emigrating to Israel to work for Arab-Jewish cooperation.

Between 1945 and1950 Chomsky was a student at the University of Pennsylvania and began his study of linguistics. During this time, he proofread Zellig Harris's Methods in Structural Linguistics and developed a sympathy for Harris's ideas on politics. He was also a student of Nelson Goodman, the radical-empiricist philosopher. In 1951, he accepted nomination by Goodman as a Junior Fellow to Harvard University. In 1953, Chomsky traveled to Europe. En route, he resolved that his attempt to formalize structural linguistics would not work because language was a highly abstract generative phenomenon. Determined that his further work should concern models of this phenomenon.

During the year of 1955, he left his fellowship at Harvard and obtained a position at MIT where he taught for the next 19 years. He was also married to Carol Chomsky, a Professor at Harvard. Noam now holds Ferrari P. Ward Chair of Modern Languages and Linguistics. Between 1965 and1973, he played a major role in the American resistance against the Vietnamese policy of the United States Government, he published views on Southeast Asia and United States policy in magazines such as New York Review of Books and Ramparts and spent a week in North Vietnam just before Cambodian invasion. Truly, Noam Chomsky is an impressive man. "