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Middle East Illusionsby Noam Chomsky
Synopses & Reviews
What are the roots of the Israel-Palestinian conflict and how has it been influenced by the United States? Why has the U.S.-brokered "peace process" repeatedly failed to deliver peace? What are the prospects for a just resolution? What interests underlie current U.S. strategic doctrines in the Middle East, especially in its redeclared "war on terrorism" after 9-11, and how do we look beyond them to find more peaceful and viable alternatives?
These are among the current and long-standing questions Noam Chomsky takes up in his newest book. Middle East Illusions presents recent chapters written by the author about the myths behind the peace process, the second Palestinian Intifada (which began in September 2000 and continues today in defiance of Israeli repression), and the Bush administration's response to the September 11 attacks on the United States, including its drive toward another war with Iraq.
Middle East Illusions also includes the full text of Chomsky's earlier book, Peace in the Middle East? Reflections on Justice and Nationhood, written during the crucial period spanning the Six-Day and 1973 wars, events that continue to define and deeply influence the world today. It therefore presents in-depth analysis covering several decades, making it one of the richest of any analysis published about the region's geopolitics.
"After 9/11 everything we were selling was an analysis of the Middle East. I've ordered 100 copies of Chomsky's new one, Middle East Illusions." Edward Nawotka, Publishers Weekly
"Acting as a deliberately provocative American conscience, Chomsky argues that Israel behaves like colonial power in the Occupied Territories. His indictments of casual American hypocrisy and abuse of power are important, and his thesis that Israel's actions, far from enhancing its security, compromise it by polarising opinion both within Israel and beyond is reasonable." Sunday Times
"Answers divisive questions about the Israeli-Arab policy and U.S. involvement in the Middle East." Foreword
"It's impossile not to agree with him most of the time, and I've yet to find a book of his that doesn't sell." The Bookseller
This book offers chapters written by Chomsky just before the 2000 Intifada and up through October 2002, when 9-11 and a prospective military campaign against Iraq add new pressures to age-old conflicts.
Middle East Illusions offers chapters written by Chomsky just before the 2000 Palestinian Intifada and up through October 2002, when 9-11 and a prospective U.S. military campaign against Iraq add new pressures to age-old conflicts. The book also includes the full text of Chomsky's earlier book, Peace in the Middle East? Reflections on Justice and Nationhood, written during the crucial period spanning the Six-Day and 1973 wars, which continue to define and deeply influence events in the Middle East today.
About the Author
Noam Chomsky is recognized internationally for his critical analysis of the Middle East. His thoroughly documented research draws on an immense range of sources, including Hebrew texts rarely discussed in the United States, declassified government planning documents, and other sources all too often overlooked in discussions of the U.S. role in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Author of more than 80 books, is a professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He speaks regularly to audiences in the United States and throughout the world. The New York Times has described him as "an exploder of received truths."
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