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Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky's writings on politics and language have established him as a pre-eminent public intellectual and one of the most original and wide-ranging political and social critics of our time.

Among the seminal figures in linguistic theory over the past century, since the 1960s Chomsky has also secured a place as perhaps the leading dissident vioce in the United States. Read More

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Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky Housmans Bookshop

Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (with a new afterword)

Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky (The Bodley Head, 2008)

£12.99

We normally think that the press is cantankerous, obstinate and ubiquitous in its search for truth. In Manufacturing Consent Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky show how an underlying elite consensus largely structures all facets of the news. Far from challenging established power, the media work hard to discover and mirror its assumptions. The authors skillfully dissect the way in which the marketplace and the economics of publishing significantly shape the news. Twenty years after first publication, Manufacturing Consent remains essential reading for those who wish to understand the times in which they live.

What We Say Goes Interviews with David Barsamian Noam Chomsky Housmans Bookshop

Noam Chomsky: What We Say Goes

Interviews with David Barsamian (Penguin Books, 2007)

£8.99

Why Does the Media Collude in State Power?

Why is Global Warming less of a Threat than Nuclear War?

Is it Possible to Change a Corrupt System from the Inside?

In What We Say Goes, Noam Chomsky explores many of the urgent international concerns - Israel - Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan, Global Warming and Nuclear proliferation. China's growth and the rise of the Left in Latin America - to draw insightful and highly disturbing conclusions about US Imperialism and the state of the world. Then he ponders what we, as citizens, might be able to do about it.

 Interventions Noam Chomsky Housmans Bookshop

Interventions

Noam Chomsky (Penguin Books, 2007)

£8.99

At a time when the United States exerts a growing dominance over the rest of the world, Noam Chomsky - America's leading voice of dissent - now needs to be heard more than ever. In these fifty important, accesible and urgent essays, Chomsky cogently examines the burning issues of the post-9/11 world. Covering the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the Bush presidency, the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, the US's efforts to challenge the influence of Iran, and the escalating threat of nuclear warfare, this is an essential collection, from a vital and authorative perspective.


Chomsky on Miseducation Noam Chomsky Housmans Bookshop

Chomsky on Miseducation

Noam Chomsky (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2000)

edited and introduced by Donald Macedo

£10.99

Schools in the so-called open and free societies face formidable paradoxical tensions. On the one hand, they are charged with the responsibility of teaching the virtues of democracy, and, on the other hand, they are complicit with the inherent hypocrisy of contemporary democracies, where, according to Noam Chomsky, the term democracy "refers to the system of government in which elite elements based in the business community control the state by virtue of their dominance of the private society, while the population observes quietly. So understood, democracy is a system of elite decision and public ratification, as in the united States itself. Correspondingly, popular involvement in the formation of public policy is considered a serious threat."

Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy Noam Chomsky Housmans Bookshop

Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy

Noam Chomsky (Penguin Books, 2006)

£9.99

The United States asserts the right to use military force against 'failed states' around the globe. But as Noam Chomsky argues in this devastating analysis, America shares features with many of the regimes it insists are failing and constitute a danger to their neighbours. Offering a comprehensive and radically insightful examination of America past and present, Chomsky shows that this lone superpower - which topples foreign governments, invades states that threaten its interests and imposes sanctions on regimes it opposes - has stretched its own democratic institutions to breaking point. And how an America in crisis places the world ever closer to the brink of nuclear and environmental disaster.

World Orders, Old and New Noam Chomsky Housmans Bookshop

World Orders, Old and New

Noam Chomsky (Pluto Press, 1997)
£17.99

In this widely acclaimed studyof global politics, Noam Chomsky offers a devastating critique of conventional definitions of the 'new world order'. It is, he argues, nothing more than an ingenious piece of 'historical engineering', whereby the pretexts for the Cold War - nuclear threat, Eastern Bloc menace - have been deftly replaced by a new set of convenient justifications for a Western agenda that remains largely unchanged. As revisionist historians and commentators continue the work of reshaping past and current history, World Orders, Old and New offers an impressive and much-needed assault on the legitimacy of the status quo, old and new.

The Chomsky Reader Noam Chomsky edited by James Peck Housmans Bookshop

The Chomsky Reader

Noam Chomsky edited by James Peck (Serpents Tail, 1988)

£17.50

The Chomsky Reader brings together for the first time the political thought of America's leading dissident intellectual - "arguably the most important intellectual alive" (New YorkTimes). Drawing from his published and unpublished work, The Chomsky Reader reveals the awesome range of this ever-critical mind - from global questions of war and peace to the most intricate questions of human intelligence, IQ, and creativity. It reveals the underlying radical coherency of his view of the world - from his enormously influential attacks on America's role in Vietnam to his perspective on Nicaragua and Central America today.

 Essential Chomsky Noam Chomsky edited by Anthony Arnove Housmans Bookshop

Essential Chomsky

Noam Chomsky edited by Anthony Arnove (The Bodley Head, 2008)

£14.99

The Essential Chomsky assembles the core of his most important writings and allows us to appreciate both the range of his interests and the scale of his achievement. Here is an unprecedented, comprehensive overview of Chomsky's thought.


Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel & the Palestines Noam Chomsky forword by Edward W. Said Housmans Bookshop

Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel & the Palestines

Noam Chomsky forword by Edward W. Said (Pluto Press, 1999)

£17.99

Chomsky's seminal tome on Mideast politics, a classic in the fields of political science and Mideast affairs, now includes a new introduction, a foreword by Edward Said, and new chapters on the Palestinian uprising, the ongoing peace process (including the Oslo and Wye accords), and Israel's war on Lebanon.

Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies Noam Chomsky Housmans Bookshop

Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies

Noam Chomsky (Pluto Press, 1989)
£16.99

Necessary Illusions explodes the myth of an independent media, intent on uncovering the truth at any cost, Noam Chomsky demonstrates that, in practice, the media in the developed world serve the interests of state and corporate power - despite protestations to the contrary. Rigorously documented, Necessary Illusions continues Chomsky's celebrated tradition of profoundly insightful indictments of US foreign and domestic institutions and tears away the veneer of propaganda that portrays the media as the servant of free speech and democaracy

Government in the Future Noam Chomsky Housmans Bookshop

Government in the Future

Noam Chomsky (Seven Stories Press, 2005)

£5.99

If the present wave of repression can be beaten back, if the left can overcome its more suicidal tendencies and build on the achievements of the past decade, the problem of how to organize industrial society on truly democratic lines, with democratic control in the workplace as well as in the community, should become the dominant intellectual issue for those who are alive to the problems of contemporary society.

Propaganda and the Public Mind: Conversations with Noam Chomsky Interviews with David Barsamian Housmans Bookshop

Propaganda and the Public Mind: Conversations with Noam Chomsky

Interviews with David Barsamian (Pluto Press, 2001)

£13.99

In his latest interview collection, Noam Chomsky offers insights into the institutions that shape the public mind in the service of power and profit. Whether discussing US military escalation in Colombia, the attack on Social Security, or growing inequality worldwide, Chomsky shows ordinary citizens, if they work together, have the power to make meaningful change.

 Imperial Ambitions: Conversations with Noam Chomsky on the Post-9/11 World Interviews with David Barsamian Housmans Bookshop

Imperial Ambitions: Conversations with Noam Chomsky on the Post-9/11 World

Interviews with David Barsamian (Penguin Books, 2006)

£8.99

In this essential new collection of Interviews, Noam Chomsky explores the world's most pressing questions with his trademark clarity and insight. The result is an illuminating dialogue with one of our leading thinkers - and a startling picture of America's relentless pursuit of power and its catastrophic consequences.

"One of the radical heroes of our age" (Guardian, 2005)


9 - 11 Noam Chomsky edited by Greg Ruggiero Housmans Bookshop

9 - 11

Noam Chomsky edited by Greg Ruggiero (Seven Stories Press, 2001)

£6.99

What follows is a set of interviews conducted with Noam Chomsky by a variety of interviewers during the first month following the attacks of September 11, 2001 on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. This expanded edition of 9 - 11 contains "Reflections on 9 - 11", an essay Chomsky wrote for a Swedish publication in August 2002, looking back almost one year after the attacks.

Rogue States: The Rule of Force in World Affairs Noam Chomsky Housmans Bookshop

Rogue States: The Rule of Force in World Affairs

Noam Chomsky (Pluto Press, 2000)
£13.99

Described by the New York Times as "an exploder of received truths", Noam Chomsky is an articulate opponent of political hypocrisy, state brutality, and abuse of power. Rogue States is the result of his tireless efforts to measure the world's superpowers by their own standards and to hold them responsible for the acts they commit in the name of their people. Throughout, Chomsky reveals the United State's increasingly open dismissal of United Nationns resolutions, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and international legal precedent in justifying its motives and actions. As his analysis of US statecraft and warmongering amply reveals, the rule of law has been reduced to a mere nuisance in the United States's brazen bid for the title of 'rogue state'.

Chomsky on Anarchism Noam Chomsky Housmans Bookshop

Chomsky on Anarchism

Noam Chomsky (AK Press, 2005)

£11.00

Chomsky on Anarchism shows a different side of this best-selling author: the anarchist principles that have guided him since he was a teenager. This collection of Chomsky's essays, talks and interviews - selected and introduced by Barry Pateman, Associate Editor of UC Berkeley's Emma Goldman Papers - includes pieces that have never been published anywhere before, interviews available in English for the first time, as well as rare material that first saw the light of day in hard-to-find pamphlets and anarchist periodicals. Taken together they paint a fresh picture of Chomsky, showing his life-long involvement with the anarchist community, his constant commitment to nonhierarchical models of political organisation, and his hopes for a future world without rulers.

Hopes and Prospects Noam Chomsky Housmans Bookshop

Hopes and Prospects

Noam Chomsky (Penguin Books, 2009)

£14.99

Surveys the threats and prospects of our early twenty-first century. This book explores challenges such as the growing gap between North and South, American exceptionalism (even under Obama), the fiascos of Iraq and Afghanistan, the Israeli assault on Gaza and the financial bailouts.

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