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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,349 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Noam Chomsky Narrator: Alan Sklar Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2006 ISBN:
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The United States has repeatedly asserted its right to intervene militarily against failed states around the globe. In this much-anticipated sequel to his international best seller Hegemony or Survival, Noam Chomsky turns the tables, charging the United States with being a failed state, and therefore a danger to its own people and the world.

Failed states, Chomsky writes, are those that do not protect their citizens from violence and perhaps even destruction, that regard themselves as beyond the reach of domestic or international law, and that suffer from a 'democratic deficit', having democratic forms but with limited substance. Exploring recent U.S. foreign and domestic policies, Chomsky assesses Washington's escalation of nuclear risks; the dangerous consequences of the occupation of Iraq; and Americas' self-exemption from international law. He also examines an American electoral system that frustrates genuine political alternatives, thus impeding any meaningful democracy.

Forceful, lucid, and meticulously documented, Failed States offers a comprehensive analysis of a global superpower that has long claimed the right to reshape other nations while its own democratic institutions are in severe crisis, and its policies and practices recklessly place the world on the brink of nuclear and environmental disaster. Systematically dismantling America's pretense of being the world's arbiter of democracy, Failed States is Chomsky's most focused, and urgent, critique to date.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danielle De Luca | 2/20/2014

    " A VERY DRY READ. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shagatxulg | 2/17/2014

    " Noam Chomsky is always interesting to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seth | 2/9/2014

    " The United States and our client states such as Israel are actively egaged in a campaign of tyrrany and terror around the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 1/28/2014

    " Chomsky portrays the United States as a failed state because of the government's disregard for international law and the treaties the country has accepted as well as the lack of real democracy at home. There's a lot to go into with such a thesis. One interesting point is his reference to surveys indicating that the majority of those polled want more spent on health care, job creation, and global warming and less given to the military and big business. He sites these polls in a positive way but when the polls indicate that people are more religious or want to support Israel, he derides them. Or at least he seems to. Is he picking which opinions he finds valid and scoffing at those he doesn't respect or have I misinterpreted? I agree with the premise. There is a definite lack of democracy in the U.S. and the government has done a poor job on too many fronts to enumerate. The problem may come in that, if we had a real democracy, would we turn into the theocracy that we fear in Iran? Fundamentalists and their ilk may bring god into more decisions in our bedrooms while trying to shrink government in all other areas. Or maybe not, considering the expansion of government that happened under GWB. They hypocrisy of the neos is too extreme to make up but true believers believe. They don't need facts because they believe things. Facts are for losers. Faith is all one needs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mendez | 1/15/2014

    " The author uses different conspiracies to explain historical events and interventions. The reader has to be open minded to asimilate the information and create their own judgement of the material. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacy | 1/9/2014

    " Love the subject matter (what you don't know about how evil our country really is) but (as with most Chomsky) it takes a lot of patience to plow through. I felt like I had gotten the point after a few pages-interesting but not exactly engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grant Shade | 1/1/2014

    " Brilliant. A book to enrage the reader page by reddening page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 12/4/2013

    " Even if you don't agree with his viewpoint, Chomsky's books are packed with enough history, political upheavals and economic realities, that you simply cannot stop reading! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shavaugn | 11/28/2013

    " I put this one down to read Hegemony, but picked it up again last week with a new interest. I'll let you know if it was worth a second try... and it was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaymi Boswell | 11/27/2013

    " I love this because I take the word democracy for granted. He slaps it out of me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura Stone | 11/16/2013

    " I couldn't get through this - Chomsky's writing was clearly well done and his ideas interesting, however I was listening to the book on CD and the reader was UNBEARABLE! Perhaps I will try to pick this up in paperback/hardcopy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaitlin | 11/11/2013

    " Noam Chomsky presents his theses in clear, concise language with reliable sources. He's an American institution for good reason, and is never afraid to speak truth to power. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 11/10/2013

    " America is taking on characteristics of what it calls by definition a failed state. Some of these characteristics include an increasing divide between public policy and public opinion, and policies which endanger the not only the US population but the world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maciej | 8/22/2013

    " Classic Chomsky, America this, America that, whining, bitching, but as always makes for an insightful read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Magnus | 7/28/2013

    " failed states? failing world with a silver lining "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 anne | 6/7/2013

    " A lot to process, but important to read. Thank Chomsky for doing the research the rest of us don't have time to do, and for reminding us -in spite of our short attention spans- of our very recent political history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay Roberts | 5/8/2013

    " Opps... we're the third world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ammad | 3/26/2013

    " Incredibly dense. Methodically approached, systematically written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brendan | 10/24/2012

    " A LOT!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 6/5/2012

    " very informative. good read if you are unaware of the current power struggle over nuclear arms, etc. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raechelle Thomas | 5/23/2012

    " Just reconfirmed stuf I already knew about and a few new tidbits that you just don't get from the news. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nora Ray | 11/22/2011

    " I did not enjoy this book at all. It was boring and repetitive and very depressing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenifer | 7/22/2011

    " For anyone who has questioned my ideas on government and foreign policy, for those who have called me "misguided" or even Anti-American, READ this book, THEN come talk to me about what you thought about it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasha | 5/4/2011

    " A very informative, eye opening book. Chomsky provides a lot of information that shows how the US is mismanaging itself and its policies. I do take what he says with a slight grain of salt because he seems so tilted towards the bad. Even though we aren't the best country, I do love living here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neil | 4/30/2011

    " Solid Chomsky. Not his best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raechelle | 4/5/2011

    " Just reconfirmed stuf I already knew about and a few new tidbits that you just don't get from the news. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 4/3/2011

    " This book is a little tough going sometimes, but oh so worth it. Noam Chomsky is brilliant, honest and pretty funny in a gallows-humor kind of way.

    Definitely worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 wes | 11/10/2010

    " i can only read about 2 pages at a time without getting too angry. I think he's usually right and its maddening. i leave this book deeply saddened. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Feroz | 9/27/2010

    " Chomsky is surgery on Americas Double Standards........ "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Caroline | 9/25/2010

    " Everything you thought Chomsky was going to say, he said. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Simon | 2/22/2010

    " It was interesting, but a little difficult to read and he is a massive lefty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 1/5/2010

    " America is taking on characteristics of what it calls by definition a failed state. Some of these characteristics include an increasing divide between public policy and public opinion, and policies which endanger the not only the US population but the world. "

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About the Author
Author Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, logician, social critic, and political activist. Sometimes described as the father of modern linguistics, he is also a major figure in analytic philosophy, as well as a founder of the field of cognitive science. He has spent more than half a century at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is Institute Professor Emeritus, and is the author of over one hundred books on such topics as linguistics, war, politics, and mass media.

About the Narrator

Alan Sklar, a graduate of Dartmouth, has excelled in his career as a freelance voice actor. He began narrating audiobooks in 1996, winning seven AudioFile Earphones Awards and earning several “Best Voice” awards. He has also worked as a stage actor and as a promo announcer at WPIX-TV in New York City. His dream is to be an opera singer, a role for which he hones his bass-baritone operatic skills in the upstairs shower of his home.