Dec 14, Murilo rated it really liked it. Wow, what a book! The best parts about this book are that it is divided into very small chapters makes it more readable for me , and it covers a huge range of subjects. Moreover, Chomsky provides us with some point of views that are not very common and that is great for us to have a broader view and understanding of topics like: US Foreign Policy, George W.
The worst parts were that Noam Chomsky is quite repetitive sometimes, addressing the same topic with same arguments over and over which is kind of good to remember the arguments.
Overall, a great book and I recommend that anyone engaged and interested in US Foreign Policy, international affairs, the US economy and its dynamics. Interesting collection of Noam Chomsky - gives a very interesting thought on how an american intellectual sees the world and tries to make sense of it. It is hard for me to see how a human person can cover that many topics in depth or even try to make sense of them. However, it also shows that no one not even the people we elect to govern are cognitive able to make sense of the entire world.
It was also an interesting read because you are guaranteed to have a different opinion that Noam has, which allows you to see an event or argument in different light. So you get to challenge your own understanding of an event, topic or even your principles. Jul 27, Roger B rated it really liked it Shelves: history.
Concise collection of short articles on a number of topics arising from Diversified knowledge from the one I always appreciated for his command. This was my first time reading Chomsky, and I was delighted to find his writing was flowing and easy to read even when the topics were heavy. Making the Future consists of columns written for the New York Times Syndicate between and , so the articles are short enough pages to read a couple of them whenever there is some time to spare. Being factual columns, often responding to incidents as they happened, some of the contexts are undoubtedly lost when articles are reprinted in coll This was my first time reading Chomsky, and I was delighted to find his writing was flowing and easy to read even when the topics were heavy.
Being factual columns, often responding to incidents as they happened, some of the contexts are undoubtedly lost when articles are reprinted in collections, but I didn't find this much of a problem. Some knowledge and understanding of the events Chomsky writes about is definitely beneficial, but I actually found my interest towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict growing after reading a couple of the columns, even though my prior knowledge of the situation in Gaza and West Bank was pretty much non-existent.
I wouldn't worry too much about prior knowledge, as it is easy enough to follow Chomsky's arguments, and it is always possible to read up on the topics afterwards.
The reason I only rated this three stars is because I felt something was lacking or the collection wasn't coherent enough. There were many essays about the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, plus a handful of articles about other events in the Middle East or elsewhere, so it almost felt like most of the different topics e. Not that Chomsky didn't offer many compelling arguments, but I think I would have liked to have seen a bit more variety.
On their own, most of the articles were very interesting and thought-provoking, but when you read multiple columns back to back, you start noticing quite a lot of repetition. All in all, I thought this was a good introduction to Chomsky, as well as a refresher on recent world events, so I know I will be reading more on both in the future. Sep 03, Simon Wood rated it really liked it.
All of the articles were made available for publication worldwide from the New York Times Syndicate, whose senior editor John Stickney provides a short introduction. The nature of the format prohibits in-depth analysis but Chomsky does provide the reader with 52 clear and concise antidotes to a mainstream news coverage that is often ahistorical, written within the limited world view of established power and deeply hypocritical.
It's not all doom and gloom as Chomsky also writes on what he quite reasonably sees as positive developments within Latin America and the collection ends with an abridged version of a speech he gave to the Occupy Boston movement. This is a book that I'd recommended reading with the caveat that the content will be familiar to those who regularly follow Chomskys writings on the internet. The REAL topic of this book is revealed in the quote which begins the text: "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.
And while you're studying that reality - judiciously as you will - we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors And you, all of you, will be left to study what we do. I agree with the previous reviewer. This book re The REAL topic of this book is revealed in the quote which begins the text: "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. This book really rehashes quite a bit, if you're familiar with Chomsky you'll have heard a lot of this before.
I also think the title of this book " Making the Future" is misleading, its clearly just what the publisher wanted to call it to move more units. However some articles are really inspiring. And they are all extremely short and easy to read.
My favourites, which were almost the only ones which avoided the topics of war and oil were: Rust Belt Rage - about the poverty and desperation of middle America. The International Assault on Labor - about the precarious existence of the modern day worker, and finally Occupy the Future - a speech he gave to the Occupy movement which was an extremely uplifting read. Shelves: x-american , non-fiction , y-work , politics , research , research-national-security.
Many interesting ideas are presented. Definitely worth reading! Show the various different forms of double standard we are politically applying domestically and in our foreign and security policy. It clearly also shows the effects of the reactions of those we hold to higher standards than ourselves and that have been treated unfairly. One of the focusses of the book is the fallout of treating so many people around the world in a way that enrages them for our own benefits or these of our leaders Many interesting ideas are presented.
Sally Engle Merry, Ph.D.
One of the focusses of the book is the fallout of treating so many people around the world in a way that enrages them for our own benefits or these of our leaders that made these decisions. The book is not always easy to follow. Also, I would have liked to see more evidence for some of the conclusions Chomsky presents. He often presents "facts" that are unbelievable.
As a political scientist I would like to be able to trace the evidence. This is often not easily possible.
Gilbert Achcar - THE POLITICAL ECONOMY PROJECT
But many of the ideas are very compelling. Definitely worth your time! I have been watching interviews with Chomsky for some time now and reading some of his articles as well. This, however, was my first book of his and will definitely not be my last. Chomsky's ability to craft and support an argument are nearly flawless, thus making his points seemingly irrefutable. This book is a collection of opinion pieces he wrote from on various topics related to the US government in both foreign and domestic spheres. Incredibly enlightening, Chomsky makes a case no I have been watching interviews with Chomsky for some time now and reading some of his articles as well.
Incredibly enlightening, Chomsky makes a case not against America, but rather in favor of returning the country to its core values through a different approach to its governing style and treatment of foreign states. Essential reading for anyone who wishes to take a hard look at the intricacies and disconnects in US domestic and foreign policy.
I was torn between rating this two ok or three good stars. What eventually pushed me to a two was the amount of repetition that takes place. Also I think I have myself to partially to blame since I had hyped this book up so much in my head. I was pretty excited to read what Chomsky would wr I was torn between rating this two ok or three good stars. Seeing as how this has been a consistent focus of his I should have known this would be the fact. This is one of the most important books I have ever read. If you want to understand what is going on in the world today or at least, as of late , from a critical perspective at least i.
In particular, "Rust Belt Rage", "Outrage, Misguided", and "Occupy the Future" are poignant takes on the financial crisis and its impact on average Americans, something I'm super passionate about, so if you This is one of the most important books I have ever read. In particular, "Rust Belt Rage", "Outrage, Misguided", and "Occupy the Future" are poignant takes on the financial crisis and its impact on average Americans, something I'm super passionate about, so if you care a lot about those as well these are just incredibly insightful pieces.
Some of the articles will seem a bit overly erudite, but like, that's Chomsky I suppose :D All in all, I'm not exaggerating when I say it was life-changing. This book is listing some of Chomsky's articles published in New York times between and Although, it discusses past political situations, it worth reading this book to see the situation from a good analytically perspective.
Chomsky in these articles has a way in analyzing and criticizing political situation that are mostly logical, theoretical and facts based.
He refers much to percentages of public opinion which I think it is a determining factor , and to game theory in politics. He This book is listing some of Chomsky's articles published in New York times between and He also has good method to connect the dots and show a clear contradictions, like when he discuss the difference between "what we do", and "what we stand for". I actually listened to this on audiobook from Audible and very much recommend it.
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