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Hegemony or Survival America's Quest For Global Dominance
by Noam Chomsky 
The American Empire Project

Posted October 22, 2003

Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company (ISBN 0-8050-7400-7) U.S.A. $22.00 / Canada $32.95

From the world's foremost intellectual activist, an 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 earthly wasteland. 

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.

Praise for 
Noam Chomsky

"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." 
--Business Week

"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 outrage." 
--Utne Reader.

"Chomsky…is a major scholarly resource. Not to have read [him] is to court genuine ignorance." 
--The Nation

About the Author

Noam Chomsky is the author of numerous best-selling works, from American 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 or for expanded endnotes and an e-book with additional background, discussion, and sources.


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