Letters from Lexington

Letters from Lexington : Reflections on Propaganda

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The original edition of Letters from Lexington, first published in 1993, solidified Noam Chomsky's position as American's most distinguished critic of the media. In this new, updated edition, a new chapter, 'What makes the Mainstream Media Mainstream', offers Chomsky's latest thinking on the role of the media in a rapidly changing word -- especially in justifying US government and corporate actions. Throughout the book, Chomsky's analysis of the politics of the Reagan and earlier Bush administrations offer a striking and surprisingly prescient perspective on the events, key players and policies that shape America's national agenda under the current presidency of George W. Bush and the 'War on Terrorism'. Chomsky explores media coverage of events and issues including the Middle East 'peace process', the US invasion of Panama, the first Gulf War, the UN, the Soviet Union, the coup in Haiti, and democracy and terrorism generally. Letters from Lexington has been called "an indispensable antidote to TV 'news' and the verities found in major daily newspaper such as the New York Times."
Perfect as an introduction to Chomsky's thought more generally, it will be of particular interest to students of media studies and anyone who wants an up-to-date account of the relationship of the new US administration with the media and what impact it is having on foreign and domestic US policy.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 140 x 216mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0745322719
  • 9780745322711

Table of contents

Foreword by Edward S. Herman; Introduction to the New Edition, by Donlado Macedo; Introduction by Noam Chomsky; 1. What Makes the Mainstream Media Mainstream; 2. "The Middle East Lie"; 3. Defensive Aggression; 4. The Sunday Times Makes for a Day of No Rest; 5. Notes on the Culture of Democracy; 6. Third World, First Threat; 7. "Yearning for Democracy"; 8. Apostles of Nonviolence; 9. UN = US; 10. Postscript: "Riding Moynihan's Hobby Horse"; 11. Our "Sense of Moral Purpose; 12. "We the People"; 13. Bringing Peace; 14. The Burdens of Responsibility; 15. The Death and Life of Stalinism; 16. Toxic Omissions; 17. "Fiendish Acts"; 18. The PC Thought Police; 19. Rest in Peace; 20. Class Struggle as Usual
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"One of the radical heroes of our age" - Guardian"
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About Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky is a world renowned linguist and one of America's foremost social critics. He is Institute Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at M.I.T. He is the author of numerous books, including Pirates and Emperors Old and New, Fateful Triangle, The New Military Humanism: Lessons from Kosovo and Rogue States: The Rule of Force in World Affairs.
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