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International Terrorism in the Real World
A brilliant account of the workings of state terrorism by the world’s foremost critic of U.S. Imperialism.
Pirates and Emperors is a brilliant exploration of the role of the United States in the Middle East that exposes how the media manipulates public opinion about what constitutes "terrorism." Chomsky masterfully argues that appreciating the differences between state terror and nongovernmental terror is crucial to stopping terrorism and understanding why atrocities like the bombing of the World Trade Center and the killing of the Charlie Hebdo journalists happen.
Reviews
  • "Disturbing reading and as always, indispensable."
    —Ubyssey

    "Raises provocative questions about U.S. diplomacy
    —Maclean's Magazine

    Praise for Noam Chomsky

    "Our greets unraveled of accredited lies."
    —New Statesman

    "An exploder of received truths."
    —New York Times
  • "Disturbing reading and as always, indispensable."
    —Ubyssey

    "Raises provocative questions about U.S. diplomacy
    —Maclean's Magazine

    Praise for Noam Chomsky

    "Our greets unraveled of accredited lies."
    —New Statesman

    "An exploder of received truths."
    —New York Times

Other books by Noam Chomsky

  • Notes on Resistance

    The broad range and brilliance of Chomsky's thought and analysis is on full display in this collection of interviews with his long-time collaborator/interlocuter David Barsamian.

  • Chronicles of Dissent

    An Accessible Overview of Noam Chomsky's Political Thought.

  • The Precipice

    A collection of interviews with the world’s leading public intellectual from the time of the rise of Donald Trump to power to the end of his presidency.

  • Consequences of Capitalism

    Is there an alternative to capitalism? In this landmark text Chomsky and Waterstone chart a critical map for a more just and sustainable society.

  • Optimism over Despair

    Wide-ranging interviews on war, power, and politics with Noam Chomsky, the world's leading critic of US foreign policy.
  • Turning the Tide

    US Central American policies project broader US economic, military, and social aims, impacting millions in Central America.
  • Powers and Prospects

    Chomsky lifts the veil of distortions that conceals the workings of history and social policy.
  • Rogue States

    Chomsky argues that the real 'rogue' states are the United States and its allies.
  • Culture of Terrorism

    This scathing critique of US political culture is a brilliant analysis of the Iran-Contra scandal.
  • On Power and Ideology

    This succinct series of lectures lays out the parameters of Noam Chomsky's foreign policy analysis.
  • Year 501

    Chomsky definitively shows how the United States developed into the world's most implacable and powerful empire.
  • Propaganda and the Public Mind

    Chomsky offers hope for the future and shows how ordinary citizens, working together, have the power to make change.
  • Rethinking Camelot

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

    Chomsky and Pappé discuss the past and future of Palestine.
  • Fateful Triangle

    A comprehensive indictment of what Noam Chomsky calls the "disgraceful and extremely dangerous" policy the US has enacted towards Israel.
  • After the Cataclysm

    Dissects the aftermath of the war in Southeast Asia, the refugee problem, the Vietnam/Cambodia conflict and
    the Pol Pot regime.
  • 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

    As Israel continues its barbaric assault on Gaza, Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappe put the recent campaign against Gaza.
  • Hopes and Prospects

    In this urgent new book, Noam Chomsky surveys the dangers and prospects of our early twenty-first century.
  • Intervenciones

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