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According to The New York Times, Noam Chomsky is "arguably the most important intellectual alive." But he isn't easy to read...or at least he wasn't until these books came along. Made up of intensively edited speeches and interviews, they offer something not found anywhere else: pure Chomsky, with every dazzling idea and penetrating insight intact, delivered in clear, accessible, listener-friendly prose.  

Published as four short books in the famous Real Story series - What Uncle Sam Really Wants; The Prosperous Few and the Restless Many; Secrets, Lies and Democracy; and The Common Good - they've collectively sold almost 600,000 copies. And they continue to sell year after year after year because Chomsky's ideas become, if anything, more relevant as time goes by. For example, 20 years ago, he pointed out that "in 1970, about 90% of international capital was used for trade and long-term investment - more or less productive things - and 10% for speculation. By 1990, those figures had reversed." As we know, speculation continued to increase exponentially. We're paying the price now for not heeding him them.

©1986, 2011 Noam Chomsky, David Barsamian, and Arthur Naiman (P)2020 Tantor

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Insightful Content

This book, like most Chomsky books, is insightful. In fact it is esseantial reading, imho.

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while I mostly agree with everything...

I don't know if it's the audio format or that and something else, but I feel like this is the writings of a college kid rather than the wise recordings of a sage historian and economist.

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Leading American Thinker

Creative and insightful political analysis and commentary. One of this countries leading intellectuals on the left

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Everything makes sense after reading this book.

Loved it, the narration was great and I am enjoying the audio. The story is great, the Audio app is great. Overall, awesome

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great book 📖

A good listen that never stood still for too long and yet is filled with relevant and little known information that I could follow. I can't wait to listen to it again.

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Eye-opening

Extremely revelatory. This book is definitely a must-read, and the audiobook is very well done.

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Truth

I always walk away from a Noam book with understanding and ideas!!! I love his honesty and vast knowledge of the word!