Synopses & Reviews
From World War II until the 1980s, the United States reigned supreme as both the economic and the military leader of the world. The major shifts in global politics that came about with the dismantling of the Eastern bloc have left the United States unchallenged as the preeminent military power, but American economic might has declined drastically in the face of competition, first from Germany and Japan ad more recently from newly prosperous countries elsewhere. In Deterring Democracy
, the impassioned dissident intellectual Noam Chomsky points to the potentially catastrophic consequences of this new imbalance. Chomsky reveals a world in which the United States exploits its advantage ruthlessly to enforce its national interests--and in the process destroys weaker nations. The new world order (in which the New World give the orders) has arrived.
"A volatile, serious contribution to the debate over American's role as the globe's sole remaining superpower."--San Francisco Chronicle
"Chomsky is the Left's answer to William F. Buckley. Deterring Democracy can sparkle with inspiration."--Los Angeles Times
"[Offers] a deepened understanding of the dynamics of global politics before, during, and after the Cold War . . . A compendious and thought-provoking work."--The New Statesman
"Noam Chomasy . . . is a major scholary resource. Not to have read [him] . . . is to court genuine ignorance."--The Nation
'One of the West's most influential intellectuals in the cause of peace. Independent
In this highly praised and widely debated book, America's leading dissident intellectual offers a revelatory portrait of the American empire and the danger it poses for democracy, both at home and abroad. Chomsky details the major shift in global politics and economic potency and reveals the potentially catastrophic consequences of this new imbalance.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
About the Author
, the Ferrai P. Ward Professor of Modern Languages and Linguistics at the Masschusetts Institute of Technology, is the author of many books on both langauge and politics, including most recently Rethinking Camelot: John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War
, and U.S. Political Culture
; Language and Thought
; and World Orders, Old and New