Pirates and Emperors, Old and New: International Terrorism in the Real World, Noam Chomsky

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Pirates and Emperors, Old and New: International Terrorism in the Real World

Noam Chomsky

Used book but good condition. 

An updated edition of the author's discussion of terrorism includes new chapters covering the second Palestinian Intifada and a discussion of the impact of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on U.S. foreign policy.

Sometimes Second editions of books have a very small amount of extra material to offer, and are a bit of a waste of time. Not so with this re-issue of Pirates and Emperors. One way to examine the New War on Terrorism is to look at how the Reagan administration (many elements of which are running the Bush administration) handled their War on Terror in the 1980s.

By examining case studies from the Middle East in close deatail, with some info on Central America as well, Chomsky dispells many of the myths about the War on Terrorism, and reveals the true agendas which drive post-Cold War foriegn policy. 2 new chapters look at the response to the 9/11 attacks, and chart the progress of the Israel/Palestine "Peace Process". All of the essays have detailed footnotes, and all of the footnotes have been updated.


It should be noted that this is really a collection of essays, not a purpose-written book, so that it is really an examination of a few case studies, rather than an exhaustive and methodical examination of terrorism. It also means that most of the material featured has probably appeared elsewhere in the past. Still, this is definitely a worthwhile text for anyone interested in determining the roots of international terrorism.