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On Power and Ideology
The Managua Lectures
This succinct series of lectures lays out the parameters of Noam Chomsky's foreign policy analysis.
One of Noam Chomsky's most accessible books, On Power and Ideology is a product of his 1986 visit to Managua, Nicaragua, for a lecture series at Unversidad Centroamericana. Delivered at the height of U.S. involvement in the Nicaraguan civil war, this succinct series of lectures lays out the parameters of Noam Chomsky's foreign policy analysis.

The book consists of five lectures on U.S. international and security policy. The first two lectures examine the persistent and largely homogenous features of U.S. foreign policy, and overall framework of order. The third discusses Central America and its foreign policy pattern. The fourth looks at U.S. national security and the arms race. And the fifth examines U.S. domestic policy.

These five talks, conveyed directly to the people bearing the brunt of devastating U.S. foreign policy, make historic and exciting reading.
Reviews
  • "A rigorous exposition of the logic of U.S. foreign policy."
    —The Nation

    "Highly persuasive writing."
    —H-Net
  • "A rigorous exposition of the logic of U.S. foreign policy."
    —The Nation

    "Highly persuasive writing."
    —H-Net

Other books by Noam Chomsky

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  • Turning the Tide

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  • Powers and Prospects

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  • Rogue States

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  • Culture of Terrorism

    This scathing critique of US political culture is a brilliant analysis of the Iran-Contra scandal.
  • Propaganda and the Public Mind

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  • Rethinking Camelot

    Explores JFK’s role in US invasion of Vietnam and a reflects on the political culture that encouraged the Cold War.
  • Year 501

    Chomsky definitively shows how the United States developed into the world's most implacable and powerful empire.
  • On Palestine

    Chomsky and Pappé discuss the past and future of Palestine.
  • Pirates and Emperors, Old and New

    A brilliant account of the workings of state terrorism by the world’s foremost critic of U.S. Imperialism.
  • Fateful Triangle

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  • After the Cataclysm

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  • The Washington Connection and Third World Fascism

    Analyzes U.S. policy in Latin America, Asia, and Africa media and the role of the media in misreporting these policies.
  • Masters of Mankind

    A brilliant indictment of US imperial power.
  • Gaza in Crisis

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  • Hopes and Prospects

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  • Intervenciones

    Short, forceful commentaries on US politics from Latin America to the Middle East.