Who Rules the World?
Examination of contemporary America's pursuit and exercise of power from the world's most influential political commentator
'As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, the powerful can do as they please and those who survive will be left to contemplate the outcome.'
In the post-9/11 era, America's policy-makers have increasingly prioritised the pursuit of power, both military and economic, above all else -- human rights, democracy, even security. Drawing on examples ranging from expanding drone assassination programs to civil war in Syria to the continued violence in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Israel and Palestine, philosopher, political commentator and prolific activist Noam Chomsky offers unexpected and nuanced insights into the workings of imperial power in our increasingly chaotic planet.
Praise for Who Rules the World?
A plea to end American hypocrisy, to introduce a more consistently principled dimension to American relations with the world, and, to scrutinize critically how the US government actually exercises its still-unmatched powerNew York Review of Books
Chomsky's work is neither theoretical, nor ideological: it is passionate and righteousTimes Literary Supplement
Noam Chomsky is a global phenomenon . . . he may be the most widely read American voice on foreign policy on the planet todayNew York Times Book Review
One of the greatest, most radical public thinkers of our time. When the sun sets on the American empire, as it will, as it must, Noam Chomsky's work will surviveArundhati Roy
Publisher's description. Noam Chomsky is the world's most influential political commentator, bar none. Here he presents a comprehensive examination of contemporary America, its behaviour at home and abroad, its single-minded pursuit and exercise of power.Penguin
The west's most prominent critic of US imperialism . . . the closest thing in the English-speaking world to an intellectual superstarThe Guardian