or Survival America's Quest For
by Noam Chomsky
The American Empire Project
Posted October 22, 2003
Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company http://www.henryholt.com
U.S.A. $22.00 / Canada $32.95
From the world's foremost intellectual
irrefutable analysis of America's pursuit of total domination and the
catastrophic consequences that could follow.
For more than half a century, the United States has been pursuing a grand
imperial strategy with the aim of staking out the globe. Our leaders have
shown themselves willing--as in the Cuban missile crisis--to follow the
dream of dominance no matter how high the risks. Now the Bush administration
is intensifying this process, driving us toward the final frontiers of
imperial control, toward a choice between the prerogatives of power and
a livable Earth. In Hegemony or Survival, Noam
Chomsky investigates how we came to this moment, what kind of
peril we find ourselves in, and why our rulers are willing to jeopardize the
future of our species.
With the striking logic that is his trademark,
Chomsky dissects America's quest for global supremacy, tracking the US
government's aggressive pursuit of policies intended to achieve "full
spectrum dominance" at any cost. He vividly lays out how the most
recent manifestations of the politics of global control--from unilateralism
and the dismantling of international agreements to state terrorism and the
militarization of space--cohere in a drive for hegemony that ultimately
threatens our survival. In our era, he argues, empire is a recipe for an
Lucid, rigorous, and thoroughly documented, Hegemony
or Survival is Chomsky's most urgent and sweeping work in years. Certain
to spark widespread debate, it is a definitive statement from one of the
world's most influential political thinkers.
"Judged in terms of the
power, range, novelty, and influence of his thought, Noam Chomsky is
arguably the most important intellectual alive."
--The New York Times
"For anyone wanting to find out more about the world we live and...
there is one simple answer: read Noam Chomsky."
--The New Statesman, "12 Great Thinkers of Our Time"
'Chomsky's 9-11 was practically the only counter narrative out there at a
time when questions tended to be drowned out by a chorus, led by the entire
United States Congress, of God bless America.'... is possible that, if the
U.S. goes the way of nineteenth-century Britain, Chomsky's interpretation
will be the standard among historians a hundred years from now."
--The New Yorker
"Reading Chomsky is like standing in a wind tunnel. With relentless
logic, he bids us to listen closely to what our leaders tell us - and to
discern what they are leaving out.... Agree with him or not, we will lose
out by not listening."
"For nearly 30 years now Noam Chomsky has parsed the main proposition
of American power--what they do is aggression, what we do upholds
freedom--with encyclopedic attention to detail and an unflagging sense of
a major scholarly resource. Not to have read [him] is to court genuine
About the Author
Noam Chomsky is the author of numerous best-selling works, from
Power and the New Mandarins in the 1960's to 9-11 in 2001. A
professor of linguistics and philosophy at MIT, he is widely credited with
having revolutionized modern linguistics. He lives in Lexington,
Massachusetts. Please see www.hegemonyorsurvival.net
for expanded endnotes and an e-book with additional background, discussion,