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2015 Reading Challenge, “9-11” Review

4 March, 2015 Leave a comment

Sometimes I go to the library and just browse aimlessly. I do this even though I already have MANY unread books at home, books that I really want to read. I’m just curious, I guess, and I figure that I will still have my own books after I’m done with the library ones. I don’t always read all of them either. I bring them home to taste them.

9-11, by Noam Chomsky

Chomsky911_000This was one of those books that I didn’t really plan on borrowing, but it caught my eye and then I just buzzed right through it, making it fit into the “A book you can finish in a day” category.

It’s a collection of transcribed interviews with Noam Chomsky over the weeks immediately after the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, Pentagon and the plane that crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Chomsky tries to talk about the attack, what led up to it, how and if it could have been prevented, but mostly why it happened. I’ve read other books by him and I’ve seen plenty of him talking and I know that he’s a, from a US point of view, VERY leftist guy. He’s quite open about his criticism of the US government and how it conducts its business around the world. To be fair, I agree with most of his viewpoints, but I also understand how he ruffles a lot of feathers in his homeland.

But yeah, his core argument is that as long as the US is all over the world, putting their hands all over everything, meddling in everyone’s affairs, then there will be backlash and that backlash will come in a form that they can’t really control. He makes this argument over and over in the book, because it consists of plenty of different interviews where he says a lot of the same things. I think it would come across more effectively and better articulated if it were an actual, written book, instead of just a transcript.

Basically this comes down to whether or not you’re a fan of Chomsky. If you’re a conservative, you’re not going to be reached by this book. He’s a bit heavy-handed, but that’s a style I appreciate. So it’s kind of preaching to the choir, at least in hindsight. That hindsight is also pretty interesting. He hits on a lot of points that were later on discovered to be correct, so Chomsky’s world view has a lot of merit.

I rated this 3 out of 5 on Goodreads. Finished it on January 18, 2015.

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