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Towards a New Cold War: U.S. Foreign Policy from Vietnam to Reaganby Noam Chomsky
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A SOBERING ASSESSMENT OF AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY FROM THE END OF THE VIETNAM ERA TO RONALD REAGAN. With the same uncompromising style that characterized his breakthrough, Vietnam-era writings, Toward a New Cold War extends Chomsky's critique of US foreign policy through the early 1970s to Ronald Reagan's first term. Expanding on themes such as the cozy relationship of intellectuals to the state, and American adventurism after World War II, Chomsky goes on to exaamine the way the US policymakers set about the task of rewriting the horrible history of involvement in Indochina and turned their attention more squarely on the Middle East and Central America. He assesses US oil strategy and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, dissects the first volume of Henry Kissinger's memoirs, issues an urgent all to stem the bloodshed in then-unknown East Timor and, in the title essay, marks the increased posture of confrontation and rearmament under presidents Carter and Reagan that signaled the end of detente with the Soviet Union. Featuring a new introduction by internationally acclaimed journalist John Pilger, this is the latest in the New Press series of Noam Chomsky's early political works.
Book News Annotation:
Building on the foundation he started with his writings about the war in Vietnam, Chomsky (linguistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) examines US foreign policy from the early 1970s through Reagan's first term. He describes the close relationship between intellectuals and both the state and foreign policy, the impact of the liberal and conservative press in perceptions about Indochina, and the reasons why Vietnamese peasants resisted the US. Chomsky also gives his views on the nature of various debates about the Middle East and describes why Armageddon is likely to be located there. He reviews in detail the first volume of Kissinger's memoirs, and ruminates about the fate of East Timor. Although this is a reprint of the 1982 edition published by Pantheon Books, it appears a couple of decades has not dulled Chomsky's edge nor decreased his relevance.
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With the same uncompromising style that characterized his breakthrough, Vietnam-era writings, "Toward a New Cold War" extends Chomsky's critique of United States foreign policy through the early 1970s to Ronald Reagan's first term.
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