Hopes and Prospects

  • by Noam Chomsky
  • Narrated by Brian Jones
  • 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this urgent new book, Noam Chomsky examines the dangers and prospects of our early 21st century. Exploring challenges such as the growing gap between North and South, American exceptionalism (including under President Obama), the fiascos of Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S.-Israeli assault on Gaza, and the recent recent financial bailouts, he also sees hope for the future. Chomsky surveys the democratic wave in Latin America and the growing global solidarity movements that suggest "progress toward freedom and justice".
Hopes and Prospects is essential listening for anyone who is concerned about the primary challenges still facing the human race.

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What the Critics Say

"This is a classic Chomsky work: a bonfire of myths and lies, sophistries and delusions. Noam Chomsky is an enduring inspiration all over the world for the simple reason that he is a truth-teller on an epic scale. I salute him." (John Pilger, journalist and documentary filmmaker)

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Wholly Shift

This is the definitive guide to the real world as it was in 2010. The Arab Spring, natural and man-made disasters in Japan and the swift and complete economic destabilisation of Europe tell a new story which will require another chapter in the Chomsky commentary.
Where Hopes and Prospects falls short is that it is patently a collection of shorter, self-contained pieces rather than a unified whole. The focus, first on South American, then on the Caribbean, shifts time and again to Palestine. Deservedly so, undoubtedly, the gaze on Gaza sheds important continued light on the misdeeds perpetrated by previous administrations. There is a dipping back to the 1960s and 1970s and the criticism of Obama seems to be based entirely on the premise that he had not yet conclusively shown that he is anything other than more of the same tied up with a Hope and Change ribbon.
Contrast that with the detailed, fully referenced pin point critique of so many sacred cows and there is just some much energy and zing in this collection of thoughts, it is hard to turn away when Noam Chomsky is in full flow.

Brilliant as ever - I can’t wait for the next instalment.
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- Stephen

Heavy going but highly salient!

I've not got through it all yet, but feel I can make a few useful comments. It's a really fascinating and pertinent narrative of how the minority world has progressed to the detriment of the majority world. It contains facts and details I believe we should all take on board and use to try to redress the inequalities that exist. However, it is heavy going and the flow is a little slow due to its very academic style. Definitely worth a listen I would say. Good to take in in small doses.
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- Lianne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-02-2011
  • Publisher: Haymarket Books