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Pirates and Emperors, Old and New: International Terrorism in the Real World

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This new, fully updated edition of Noam Chomsky's classic dissection of terrorism explores the role of the U.S. in the Middle East, and reveals how the media are used to manipulate public opinion about what constitutes "terrorism." With several new chapters as well as the original sections on Iran and the bombing of Libya, Pirates and Emperors is a brilliant account of the workings of state terrorism by the world's foremost critic of U.S. terrorism.

New chapters cover the second Palestinian Intifada ? or war of stones ? that began in October 2000; a detailed account of the impact that September 11 has had on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East; and a deconstruction of depictions and perceptions of terrorism since that date.

Chomsky starts by tracing the changing meaning of "terrorism," examining how it originally referred to violent acts by "governments designed to ensure popular submission." He calls its current application "retail terrorism," practiced by "thieves who molest the powerful." Chomsky argues that appreciating the differences between state terror and nongovernmental terror is crucial to stopping terrorism, and understanding why atrocities ? like the bombing of the World Trade Center ? happen.

In comparing the "war on terror" launched by George W. Bush to that of his father and Ronald Reagan's administrations, Chomsky recalls Winston Churchill's summation of the terror by the powerful:

The rich and powerful have every right to demand that they be left in peace to enjoy what they have gained, often by violence and terror; the rest can be ignored as long as they suffer in silence, but if they interfere with the lives of those who rule the world by right, the 'terrors of the earth' will be visited upon them with righteous wrath, unless power is constrained from within.

Pirates and Emperors is a brilliant account of the workings of state terrorism by the world's foremost critic of U.S. imperialism.

Review:

"Judged in terms of the power, range, novelty, and influence of his thought, Noam Chomsky is arguably the most important intellectual alive." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Chomsky ranks with Marx, Shakespeare, and the Bible as one of the ten most quoted sources in the humanities." The Guardian (U.K.)

Review:

"Chomsky's work is neither theoretical, nor ideological: it is passionate and righteous. It has some of the qualitites of Revelations, the Old Testament prophets and Blake." Times Literary Supplement (U.K.)

Review:

"An exploder of received truths." The New York Times

Review:

"Noam Chomsky is one of the most significant challengers of unjust power and delusions; he goes against every assumption about American altruism and humanitarianism." Edward Said

Review:

"Chomsky strips away layers of propaganda not recognized as propaganda, brilliantly sifting through political discourse." John Pilger

Synopsis:

The most up-to-date reflections on international terrorism by America's leading dissident, Noam Chomsky.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 181-218) and index.

About the Author

Noam Chomsky is universally regarded as one of our most brilliant writers and thinkers. He is listed among the ten most cited writers in the humanities, and is the only living member of the top ten. An internationally acclaimed philosopher, scholar, and political activist, he is Institute Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Table of Contents

Preface to the First Edition vii
Introduction 1
1 Thought Control: The Case of the Middle East 19
2 Middle East Terrorism and the American Ideological System 38
3 Libya in U.S. Demonology 81
4 The U.S. Role in the Middle East 104
5 International Terrorism: Image and Reality 119
6 The World after September 11 144
7 U.S./Israel-Palestine 160
Notes 181
Index 219

Product Details

ISBN:
9780896086852
Author:
Chomsky, Noam
Publisher:
South End Press
Author:
Chomsky, Noam, Et
Location:
Cambridge, MA
Subject:
General
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Terrorism
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Arab countries
Subject:
Arab-Israeli conflict
Subject:
General Current Events
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
New ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. 272
Publication Date:
April 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.4 x 5.3 x 0.6 in 10 oz

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Product details 224 pages South End Press - English 9780896086852 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Judged in terms of the power, range, novelty, and influence of his thought, Noam Chomsky is arguably the most important intellectual alive."
"Review" by , "Chomsky ranks with Marx, Shakespeare, and the Bible as one of the ten most quoted sources in the humanities."
"Review" by , "Chomsky's work is neither theoretical, nor ideological: it is passionate and righteous. It has some of the qualitites of Revelations, the Old Testament prophets and Blake."
"Review" by , "An exploder of received truths."
"Review" by , "Noam Chomsky is one of the most significant challengers of unjust power and delusions; he goes against every assumption about American altruism and humanitarianism."
"Review" by , "Chomsky strips away layers of propaganda not recognized as propaganda, brilliantly sifting through political discourse."
"Synopsis" by ,
The most up-to-date reflections on international terrorism by America's leading dissident, Noam Chomsky.
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 181-218) and index.
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