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Masters of Mankind
Essays and Lectures, 1969-2013
A brilliant indictment of US imperial power.

In this collection of essays from 1969 to 2013, many in book form for the first time, Noam Chomsky examines the nature of state power, from the ideologies driving the Cold War to the War on Terror, and reintroduces the moral and legal questions that all too often go unheeded. With unrelenting logic, he holds the arguments of empire up to critical examination and shatters the myths of those who protect the power and privilege of the few against the interests and needs of the many. An introduction by Marcus Raskin contextualizes Chomsky's place among some of the most influential thinkers of modern history.

Reviews
  • "There is no living political writer who has more radically changed how more people think in more parts of the world about political issues."
    —Glenn Greenwald

    "Chomsky is a global phenomenon . . . perhaps the most widely read voice on foreign policy on the planet."
    New York Times Book Review

    "Considering that Chomsky’s relevance has only grown with time, and that his positions prove less radical and more prescient as years pass, the timing of his new book release, The Masters of Mankind, a retrospective of lectures and essays stretching from 1969 to 2013, is perfect... There is more than enough profound, powerful material in this collection to impress any readers unfamiliar with Chomsky’s intellectual agility."
    The Daily Beast

    Praise for Hopes and Prospects:

    "A revelation. . . . This is a book woven through with hope and awe at all the people who slip beyond imperial control and establish real democracy . . . a treasure-trove."
    The Independent

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