On Western Terrorism

On Western Terrorism : From Hiroshima to Drone Warfare

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Noam Chomsky discusses Western power and propaganda with filmmaker and investigative journalist Andre Vltchek.

This book is the perfect introduction to Chomsky's political thinking, and makes a refreshing read for anyone who is uneasy about the West's wider role in the world.

Beginning with the New York newsstand where Chomsky started his political education as a teenager, the discussion broadens out to encompass colonialism and imperial control, propaganda and the media, the 'Arab Spring' and drone warfare. The authors offer a powerful critique of the legacy of colonialism, touching upon many countries including Syria, Nicaragua, Cuba, China, Chile and Turkey.

Contains a new foreword by Noam Chomsky.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 17.78mm | 204.12g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0745399312
  • 9780745399317
  • 595,390

Table of contents

Preface

1. The Murderous Legacy of Colonialism

2. Concealing the Crimes of the West

3. Propaganda and the Media

4. The Soviet Bloc

5. India and China

6. Latin America

7. The Middle East and the Arab Spring

8. Hope in the Most Devastated Places on Earth

9. The Decline of US Power

Timeline

Index
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'Chomsky is undoubtedly one of the greatest radical thinkers and one should give him credit for the humility and curiosity he demonstrates throughout the book.' -- Marx and Philosophy Review of Books 'It makes for enlightening, provocative and revealing reading and it's a welcome antidote to the plethora of books and films on the 'horrors' of communism' -- John Green, Morning Star 'It is absolutely essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the current context of contemporary geo-politics by revealing the often-hidden histories that have given rise to it, as well as highlighting the pressing issues facing the world which are usually ignored going forward' -- Joe Turnbull, inkyneedles.com 'Chomsky's maturity has endowed him wisdom that acts as a complement to his astonishing command over the specifics of the whole spectrum of political concerns' -- Richard Falk, Foreign Policy Journal 'Noam Chomsky is arguably the most important intellectual alive today' -- New York Times
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About Andre Vltchek

Noam Chomsky is one of the most cited scholars in history and has profoundly shaped contemporary understanding of American politics. An ally of anarcho-syndicalists the world over, he has authored numerous books on linguistics, history and politics. He is Institute Professor (emeritus) in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT, and Laureate Professor of Linguistics and Agnese Nelms Haury Chair in the Program in Environment and Social Justice at the University of Arizona. Andre Vltchek is a novelist, filmmaker, investigative journalist and playwright. He is the author of a number of books including On Western Terrorism (Pluto, 2017), Indonesia (Pluto, 2012) and Exile (Haymarket, 2006).
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