What We Say Goes: Conversations on U.S. Power in a Changing World

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What We Say Goes: Conversations on U.S. Power in a Changing World - Interviews with David Barsamian is the published transcripts of a series of interviews of Noam Chomsky by David Barsamian. The two discuss a wide variety of political issues (most of which center on the USA causing severe problems for other nations around the world), as well as what can be done to fix them.

Personal

I had the desire to expand my understanding of political science, but most of Noam Chomsky's books are very dense and intimidating. I chose this one because it looked more accessible. I was a bit disappointed to learn that it was merely the recording of some interviews, however, I still found it to be very illuminating. I finished listening to the recording on 2021-06-29.

I don't own this book, but I have listened to the recorded interview.

Review

Good

  • The interviews offer a very frank assessment of how the USA bullies the rest of the world. They're extremely insightful and eye-opening, but also overwhelming. The detailed descriptions of so many serious systemic problems that affect millions of people, the fact that American media doesn't even bother to report about them, and the fact that even some the most liberal US politicians are to blame, is depressing to say the least.
  • I appreciate that the fact that the two weren't just complaining, they also discuss various methods for solving the problems the address.
  • The book has a helpful index which makes it much easier to reference the various topics they discuss.

Bad

  • The book is nothing more than a transcript of interviews with not attempt to clarify the dialogue. Also, there aren't any introductions or footnotes to bring a dilettante up to speed, so, unless you're already familiar with them, a lot of the dialogue will go over your head.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

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