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Very good indeed.
Also Manufacturing Consent by the same author.
Hidden Agendas by John Pilger and depending on what you're after Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail by Hunter S. Thompson
I think a lot of folk forget just how good a political journalist Thompson was.
and Chomsky always comes across kinda like a squirrel desperately trying to fight an anaesthetic in his spoken interviews...never read his stuff though.
I'm sorry to inform you that the Orwell book I thought was in my flat, turns out isn't. I might be able to get it when I go back oop North at the end of April. Sorry dude :(
thanks for looking.
I guess 'The End of History and The Last Man' by Francis Fukuyama is pretty big. My fave would be 'Prison Notebooks' by Antonio Gramsci.
I think this is British. It really helped me begin to understand global economics and all that bizniss.
'Democratic Realism' by Charles Krauthammer is where it's at. It's not very long and it's free:
he is a world renowned writer in the area that ehwhat has asked for a recommendation.
Someone will write off Chomsky and mention a lesser known writer just to sound clever - see that one can go both ways ;o)
lovely guy, apart from being insufferably vain, a National Front supporter and an appalling snob with a vicious hatred of anyone who didn't own a castle etc, those ghastly common people who clutter up the streets and live in filthy hovels. Would do fuck all constituency work, felt he was born to lead and a natural for PM so wouldn't show up for surgeries or do any canvassing work or open any letters relating to his constituency, was too busy kissing arses in the HoC of anyone he felt could further his ambitions
by Samuel Huntingdon. An alternative to 'The End of History' mentioned above. Rather pertinent to the current cultural/political climate also.
by you know who
if you want to know why the world's a mess
I was looking up Ayn Rand, so to speak, cos I remember a great interview I saw with her from the seventies and thought - yeh..this was today
but 'Atlas..' and 'The Fountainhead' got such incredibly mixed reviews, I couldn't quite make my mind up
it'd be good if you were like 16 and all mad at the black hoodie wearing chomsky readers.
it probably lacks most of the detail and humanity needed to explain the real world
Web of Deceit - Mark Curtis
Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II - William Blum (This is hella comprehensive. Size 2 font on Bible paper, but its incredibly well-resourced)
A People's History of the US - Howard Zinn