Hegemony or survival : America's quest for global dominance / Noam Chomsky.Material type: TextPublisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2003Edition: 1st edDescription: 278 p. ; 25 cmISBN: 0805074007; 9780805074000; 0965806340 (pbk.); 9780965806343 (pbk.)Subject(s): United States -- Foreign relations -- 2001- | United States -- Foreign relations -- 20th century | Imperialism | United States -- Military policy | Unilateral acts (International law) | Intervention (International law) | State-sponsored terrorism | War on Terrorism, 2001-2009DDC classification: 327.73/009/0511 LOC classification: E902 | .C47 2003Other classification: 89.70
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
1. Priorities and prospects -- 2. Imperial grand strategy -- 3. The new era of enlightenment -- 4. Dangerous times -- 5. The Iraq connection -- 6. Dilemmas of dominance -- 7. Cauldron of animosities -- 8. Terrorism and justice : some useful truisms -- 9. A passing nightmare? -- Notes -- Index.
In this book Noam Chomsky offers an analysis of America's pursuit of total domination and the catastrophic consequences that follow. The United States is in the process of staking out not just the globe but the last unarmed spot in our neighborhood-the heavens-as a militarized sphere of influence. Our earth and its skies are, for the Bush administration, the final frontiers of imperial control. In Hegemony or survival, Noam Chomsky investigates how we came to this moment, what kind of peril we find ourselves in, and why our rulers are willing to jeopardize the future of our species. Chomsky dissects America's quest for global supremacy, tracking the U.S. government's aggressive pursuit of policies intended to achieve "full spectrum dominance" at any cost. He lays out how the various strands of policy-the militarization of space, the ballistic-missile defense program, unilateralism, the dismantling of international agreements, and the response to the Iraqi crisis-cohere in a drive for hegemony that ultimately threatens our survival. In our era, he argues, empire is a recipe for an earthly wasteland.
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Library Journal ReviewChomsky bemoans America's carrying imperialist tendencies into space. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Author notes provided by SyndeticsNoam Chomsky was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 7, 1928. Son of a Russian emigrant who was a Hebrew scholar, Chomsky was exposed at a young age to the study of language and principles of grammar. During the 1940s, he began developing socialist political leanings through his encounters with the New York Jewish intellectual community.
Chomsky received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied linguistics, mathematics, and philosophy. He conducted much of his research at Harvard University. In 1955, he began teaching at MIT, eventually holding the Ferrari P. Ward Chair of Modern Language and Linguistics.
Today Chomsky is highly regarded as both one of America's most prominent linguists and most notorious social critics and political activists. His academic reputation began with the publication of Syntactic Structures in 1957. Within a decade, he became known as an outspoken intellectual opponent of the Vietnam War.
Chomsky has written many books on the links between language, human creativity, and intelligence, including Language and Mind (1967) and Knowledge of Language: Its Nature, Origin, and Use (1985). He also has written dozens of political analyses, including Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (1988), Chronicles of Dissent (1992), and The Prosperous Few and the Restless Many (1993).
(Bowker Author Biography) Noam Chomsky, professor of linguistics and philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the author of more than 80 books. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.