• The Withdrawal

  • Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, and the Fragility of US Power
  • By: Vijay Prashad, Noam Chomsky
  • Narrated by: Donald Corren
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Two of our most celebrated intellectuals grapple with the uncertain aftermath of the American collapse in Afghanistan.

Not since the last American troops left Vietnam have we faced such a sudden vacuum in our foreign policy—not only of authority, but also of explanations of what happened, and what the future holds.

Few analysts are better poised to address this moment than Noam Chomsky and Vijay Prashad, intellectuals and critics whose work spans generations and continents. Called “the most widely read voice on foreign policy on the planet” by the New York Times Book Review, Noam Chomsky is the guiding light of dissidents around the world. In The Withdrawal, Chomsky joins with noted scholar Vijay Prashad—who “helps to uncover the shining worlds hidden under official history and dominant media” (Eduardo Galeano)—to get at the roots of this unprecedented time of peril and change.

Chomsky and Prashad interrogate key inflection points in America’s downward spiral: from the disastrous Iraq War to the failed Libyan intervention to the descent into chaos in Afghanistan.

As the final moments of American power in Afghanistan fade from view, this crucial book argues that we must not take our eyes off the wreckage—and that we need, above all, an unsentimental view of the new world we must build together.

©2022 by Valeria Chomsky and Vijay Prashad. Foreword (P)2022 Blackstone Publishing
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As Usual Brilliant

I have read a wide range of books on world affairs. Noam is easily the single most insightful analyst alive today.

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only 50% of the content is relevant

Good read but why does the author feel the need to add so much extra Noam Chomsky flattery... unnecessary and hurts the credibility of the whole work rather than support it.

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  • Neil Green
  • 09-08-22

Essential reading for everyone.

Great work from the two authors.As always when listening to any of Noam Chomsky 's books you learn a great deal that you would never discover from the media. Listening to this book will increase your understanding of the modern world.

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  • Joshua
  • 09-23-22

Well worth reading for all levels of knowledge

whether you're up on all the context of every issue of international political significance or have been living under a rock for the past few decades, this book will bring together all the important context to understand the contemporary international political moment in a very approachable way. I guarantee you'll learn something and it's a relatively easy listen, not at all dry or technical. Almost no assumed knowledge, perfect for young people who won't remember the wars in Libya and Iraq

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