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Best Noam Chomsky Books: The Ultimate List

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Noam Chomsky books.

1. Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (2002)

 Best Noam Chomsky Books: The Ultimate ListIn this pathbreaking work, Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky show that, contrary to the usual image of the news media as cantankerous, obstinate, and ubiquitous in their search for truth and defense of justice, in their actual practice they defend the economic, social, and political agendas of the privileged groups that dominate domestic society, the state, and the global order. Based on a series of case studies—including the media’s dichotomous treatment of “worthy” versus “unworthy” victims, “legitimizing” and…
Author(s): Edward S. Herman, Noam Chomsky

2. Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power (2017)

 Best Noam Chomsky Books: The Ultimate ListIn his first major book on the subject of income inequality, Noam Chomsky skewers the fundamental tenets of neoliberalism and casts a clear, cold, patient eye on the economic facts of life. What are the ten principles of concentration of wealth and power at work in America today? They’re simple enough: reduce democracy, shape ideology, redesign the economy, shift the burden onto the poor and middle classes, attack the solidarity of the people, let special interests run the regulators, engineer election results, use fear and the power of the state to keep the rabble in line, manufacture consent, marginalize the…
Author(s): Noam Chomsky , Peter Hutchison, et al.

3. On Anarchism (2013)

 Best Noam Chomsky Books: The Ultimate ListOn Anarchism provides the reasoning behind Noam Chomsky’s fearless lifelong questioning of the legitimacy of entrenched power. In these essays, Chomsky redeems one of the most maligned ideologies, anarchism, and places it at the foundation of his political thinking. Chomsky’s anarchism is distinctly optimistic and egalitarian. Moreover, it is a living, evolving tradition that is situated in a historical lineage; Chomsky’s anarchism emphasizes the power of collective, rather than individualist, action. The collection includes a revealing new…
Author(s): Noam Chomsky, Nathan Schneider

4. Optimism over Despair: On Capitalism, Empire, and Social Change (2017)

 Best Noam Chomsky Books: The Ultimate ListThis volume offers readers a concise and accessible introduction to the ideas of Noam Chomsky, described by the New York Times as “arguably the most important intellectual alive.”In these recent, wide-ranging interviews, conducted for Truthout by C. J. Polychroniou, Chomsky discusses his views on the “war on terror” and the rise of neoliberalism, the refugee crisis and cracks in the European Union, prospects for a just peace in Israel/Palestine, the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, the dysfunctional US electoral system, the grave danger posed to humanity by the climate crisis, and the hopes,…
Author(s): Noam Chomsky, C.J. Polychroniou

5. On Language: Chomsky’s Classic Works Language and Responsibility and Reflections on Language in One Volume (1998)

 Best Noam Chomsky Books: The Ultimate ListDescribed by the New York Times as “arguably the most important intellectual alive,” Noam Chomsky is known throughout the world for his highly influential writings on language and politics. Featuring two of Chomsky’s most popular and enduring books in one omnibus volume, On Language contains some of the noted linguist and political critic’s most informal and accessible work to date, making it an ideal introduction to his thought.In Part I, Language and Responsibility (1979), Chomsky presents a fascinating self-portrait of his political, moral,…
Author(s): Noam Chomsky, Mitsou Ronat

6. Profit Over People: Neoliberalism & Global Order (1998)

 Best Noam Chomsky Books: The Ultimate ListWhy is the Atlantic slowly filling with crude petroleum, threatening a millions-of-years-old ecological balance? Why did traders at prominent banks take high-risk gambles with the money entrusted to them by hundreds of thousands of clients around the world, expanding and leveraging their investments to the point that failure led to a global financial crisis that left millions of people jobless and hundreds of cities economically devastated? Why would the world’s most powerful military spend ten years fighting an enemy that presents no direct threat to secure resources for corporations?The culprit in all cases is neoliberal ideology—the…
Author(s): Noam Chomsky, Robert W. McChesney

7. Understanding Power: The Indispensible Chomsky (2002)

 Best Noam Chomsky Books: The Ultimate ListNoam Chomsky is universally accepted as one of the preeminent public intellectuals of the modern era. Over the past thirty years, broadly diverse audiences have gathered to attend his sold-out lectures. Now, in Understanding Power, Peter Mitchell and John Schoeffel have assembled the best of Chomsky’s recent talks on the past, present, and future of the politics of power. In a series of enlightening and wide-ranging discussions, all published here for the first time, Chomsky radically reinterprets the events of the past three decades, covering topics from foreign policy during Vietnam to the decline of welfare under the…
Author(s): Noam Chomsky , John Schoeffel, et al.

8. The Essential Chomsky (New Press Essential) (2008)

 Best Noam Chomsky Books: The Ultimate ListFor the past forty years Noam Chomsky’s writings on politics and language have established him as a preeminent public intellectual and as one of the most original and wide-ranging political and social critics of our time. Among the seminal figures in linguistic theory over the past century, since the 1960s Chomsky has also secured a place as perhaps the leading dissident voice in the United States.Chomsky’s many bestselling works—including Manufacturing Consent, Hegemony or Survival, Understanding Power, and Failed States—have served as essential touchstones for dissidents, activists,…
Author(s): Noam Chomsky, Anthony Arnove

9. Media Control, Second Edition: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda (Open Media Series) (2002)

 Best Noam Chomsky Books: The Ultimate ListNoam Chomsky’s backpocket classic on wartime propaganda and opinion control begins by asserting two models of democracy—one in which the public actively participates, and one in which the public is manipulated and controlled. According to Chomsky, “propaganda is to democracy as the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state,” and the mass media is the primary vehicle for delivering propaganda in the United States. From an examination of how Woodrow Wilson’s Creel Commission “succeeded, within six months, in turning a pacifist population into a…
Author(s): Noam Chomsky

10. A People’s History of the United States (2015)

 Best Noam Chomsky Books: The Ultimate List“A wonderful, splendid book–a book that should be ready by every American, student or otherwise, who wants to understand his country, its true history, and its hope for the future.” –Howard FastWith a new introduction by Anthony Arnove, this edition of the classic national bestseller chronicles American history from the bottom up, throwing out the official narrative taught in schools—with its emphasis on great men in high places—to focus on the street, the home and the workplace.Known for its lively, clear prose as well as its scholarly research, A People’s History of the…
Author(s): Howard Zinn

11. Syntactic Structures (2015)

 Best Noam Chomsky Books: The Ultimate List2015 Reprint of 1957 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition. Not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. American linguist Paul Postal wrote in 1964 that most of the “syntactic conceptions prevalent in the United States” were “versions of the theory of phrase structure grammars in the sense of Chomsky”. British linguist John Lyons wrote in 1966 that “no work has had a greater influence upon the current linguistic theory than Chomsky’s Syntactic Structures.” Prominent historian of linguistics R. H. Robins wrote in 1967 that the publication of Chomsky’s…
Author(s): Noam Chomsky

12. Global Discontents (American Empire Project) (2017)

 Best Noam Chomsky Books: The Ultimate ListIn wide-ranging discussions with David Barsamian, his longtime interlocutor, Noam Chomsky asks us to consider “the world we are leaving to our grandchildren”: one imperiled by climate change and the growing potential for nuclear war. If the current system is incapable of dealing with these threats, he argues, it’s up to us to radically change it.The twelve interviews in Global Discontents examine the latest developments around the globe: the rise of ISIS, the reach of state surveillance, growing anger over economic inequality, conflicts in the Middle East, and the presidency of Donald Trump. In personal…

13. The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky (2019)

 Best Noam Chomsky Books: The Ultimate ListWe first meet Leda in a coffee shop on an average afternoon, notable only for the fact that it’s the single occasion in her life when she will eat two scones in one day. And for the cute boy reading American Power and the New Mandarins.  Leda hopes that, by engaging him, their banter will lead to romance. Their fleeting, awkward exchange stalls before flirtation blooms. But Leda’s left with one imperative thought: she decides she wants to read Noam Chomsky. So she promptly buys a book and never—ever—reads it….
Author(s): Jana Casale

Best Noam Chomsky Books: The Ultimate List

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Internationalism or Extinction

Author(s): Chomsky, Noam; Derber, Charles; Moodliar, Suren
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group, Year: 2020, Size: 9 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2552591

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 37 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President - Updated and Expanded with New Essays

Author(s): Bandy X. Lee; Robert Jay Lifton; Gail Sheehy; William J. Doherty; Noam Chomsky; Judith Lewis Herman, M.D; Philip Zimbardo, Ph.D; Rosemary Sword; Craig Malkin, Ph.D; Tony Schwartz; Lance Dodes, M.D; John D. Gartner, Ph.D; Michael J. Tansey, Ph.D; David M. Reiss, M.D; James A. Herb, M.A., Esq; Leonard L. Glass, M.D., M.P.H; Henry J. Friedman, M.D; James Gilligan, M.D; Diane Jhueck, L.M.H.C., D.M.H.P; Howard H. Covitz, Ph.D., A.B.P.P; Betty P. Teng, M.F.A., L.M.S.W; Jennifer Contarino Panning, Psy.D; Harper West; Luba Kessler, M.D; Steve Wruble, M.D; Thomas Singer, M.D; Elizabeth Mika, M.A., L.C.P.C; Edwin B. Fisher, Ph.D; Nanette Gartrell, M.D; Dee Mosbacher, M.D., Ph.D
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2352641

Responsibility of Intellectuals: Reflections by Noam Chomsky and Others after 50 years

Author(s): Nicholas Allott; Chris Knight; Neil Smith; Noam Chomsky
Publisher: UCL Press, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2404274

In Defence of Julian Assange

Author(s): Tariq Ali (ed.); Pamela Anderson, Julian Assange, Renata Avila, Katrin Axelsson, Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Sally Burch, Noam Chomsky, Patrick Cockburn, Naomi Colvin, The Courage Foundation, Mark Curtis, Daniel Ellsberg, Teresa Forcades i Vila, Charles Glass, Kevin Gosztola, Serge Halimi, Nozomi Hayase, Chris Hedges, Srećko Horvat, Caitlin Johnstone, Margaret Kimberley, Geoffroy de Lagasnerie, Lisa Longstaff, Alan MacLeod, Stefania Maurizi, Craig Murray, Fidel Narváez, John C. O’Day, John Pilger, Jesselyn Radack, Michael Ratner, Angela Richter, Geoffrey Robertson, Jennifer Robinson, Matt Taibbi, Natalia Viana, Ai Weiwei, Vivienne Westwood and Slavoj Žižek.
Publisher: , Year: 2019, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2423598

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are truly hot items according to USA Today, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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