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Chomsky For Beginners (For Beginners) [Paperback]

By David Coswell, Paul Gordon (Illustrator), Andrew Harvey (Foreward By), Lois Ehlert (Illustrator), Dave Lanphear (Illustrator), Kathryn Graham & Joel W. Grube
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Noam Chomsky has written over 30 books, he is the most-quoted author on earth, the New York Times calls him “arguably the most important intellectual alive” — yet most people have no idea who he is or what he's about.

Chomsky For Beginners tells you what he's about: Chomsky is known for his work in two distinct areas — Linguistics and… “gadflying.” (“Gadfly,” the word applied to Socrates. comes closest to the constant social irritant that Chomsky has become.) It is Chomsky's work as Political Gadfly and Media Critic that has given passion and hope to the general public — and alienated the Major Media — which, of course, is why you don't know more about him.

Chomsky's message is very simple: Huge corporations run our country, the world, both political parties, and Major Media. (You suspected it; Chomsky proves it.) If enough people open their minds to what he has to say, the whole gingerbread fantasy we've been fed about America might vanish like the Emperor's clothes…and America might turn into a real Democracy.

What's so special about Chomsky For Beginners? The few existing intros to Chomsky cover either Chomsky-the-Linguist of Chomsky-the-Political-Gadfly. Chomsky For Beginners covers both — plus an exclusive interview with the maverick genius. The clarity of David Cogswell's text and the wit of Paul Gordon's illustrations make Chomsky as easy to understand as the genius next door. Words and art combine to clarify (but not oversimplify) the work and to “humorize” the man who may very well be what one savvy interviewer called him — “the smartest man on earth.”
David Cogswell is a writer based in Hoboken, N.J. He has written thousands of articles on business, travel, politics, and the arts for various print and online publications, including Online Journal, Democratic Underground, Bushwatch, Indymedia.org, Fortune.com, Travel Weekly, the Hudson Current and the Jersey Journal. He’s the author of Existentialism For Beginners, and has contributed pieces to a number of political books, including Fortunate Son: The Making of an American President, by J.H. Hatfield; Ambushed: The Hidden History of the Bush Family by Toby Rogers; and America’s Autopsy Report, by John Kaminski.

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Item Specifications...


Pages   153
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 21, 2007
Publisher   For Beginners
ISBN  193438917X  
ISBN13  9781934389171  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David Cogswell is a writer based in Hoboken, N.J. He has written thousands of articles on business, travel, politics, and the arts for various print and online publications, including Online Journal, Democratic Underground, Bushwatch, Indymedia.org, Fortune.com, Travel Weekly, the Hudson Current and the Jersey Journal. He's the author of Chomsky For Beginners, and has contributed pieces to a number of political books, including Fortunate Son: The Making of an American President, by J.H. Hatfield; Ambushed: The Hidden History of the Bush Family by Toby Rogers; and America's Autopsy Report, by John Kaminski. He is currently working on a book about corporatism.

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Nice visual introduction to Chomsky  Dec 31, 2007
I have been a Chomsky fan for sometime but I did not know he was the most quoted man alive. It is a pity so few people know about him but this is a nice book introducing Chomsky to general public in a visually friendly manner. Good Stuff!
 
very low standards  Dec 11, 2007
This book is riddled with typos and the intellectual exposition is of a corresponding quality. Nevertheless, it probably does justice to Chomsky's political ideas, which appear to be simplistic in the extreme. This is also a profoundly negative book containing no suggestions on how to actually make the world a better place.
 
from the back cover of the book:  Jul 28, 2007
An easy way to begin to understand the amazing thinker and man. From the back cover:
Noam Chomsky has written some 30 books, he is the most-quoted author on earth. The New York Times calls him "arguably the most intelligent intellectual alive" -- yet most people have no idea who he is or what he's about. CHOMSKY FOR BEGINNERS tells you what he's about: Chomsky is known for his work in two distinct areas -- Linguistics and... "Gadflying." ("Gadfly," the word applied to Socrates, comes closest to the constant social irritant that Chomsky has become.) It is Chomsky's work as Political Gadfly and Media Critic that has given passion and hope to the general public -- and alienated the major media -- which, of course, is why you don't know more about him.

Chomsky's messagte is very simple: Huge corporations run our country, the world, both political parties, and Major Media. (You suspected it; Chomsky proves it.) If enough people open their minds to what he has to say, the whole gingerbread fantasy we've been fed about America might vanish like the Emperor's clothes... and America might turn into a real Democracy.

What's so special about CHOMSKY FOR BEGINNERS? The few existing intros to Chomsky cover either Chomsky-the-Linguist OR Chomsky-the-Political-Gadfly. CHOMSKY FOR BEGINNERS covers both -- plus an excluve interview with the maverick genius. The clarity of David Cogswell's text and the wit of Paul Gordon's illustrations make Chomsky as easy to understand as the genius next door. Words and art combine to clarify (but not oversimplify) the work and to "humorize" the man who may very well be what one savvy interviewer called him -- "the smartest man on earth."
 
A True 'Beginners' Book  May 21, 2007
I have been meaning to write a review for this book for a very long time... For me, this is the quintessential beginner's book on Chomsky... As both my husband and I are avid political activists, we have been occasionally frustrated, and quite often saddened, by the fact that so many people we meet have no idea who Noam Chomsky is... It is no good preaching to the choir, we are out there to give folk the opportunity to expand their political awareness, to entertain some new ideas, to think from a different perspective... Indeed, to even begin to 'think' at all...

When we are met with, 'Noam Chomsky who? huh?', this is the book we recommend, and have given out over the years I don't know how many times; we just keep replacing it, *lol*

Why is this book so invaluable? Because it is succinct, (153 pages), visually funny and, in a nutshell, entertaining from beginning to end... But do not mistake the 'fun' for 'fluff'... This book packs a most powerful punch in that it is essentially a primer for looking at the way one thinks, and how one goes about the process of beginning to think 'critically' instead of thinking 'emotionally'.

Given the State of the Union these days, more and more people are questioning not only the trustworthiness of their leaders, but the very process of governing itself... They are asking, 'How did it come to this?'... Through this book, they can see how the 'messaging' takes place through the use and manipulation of the media and political spin... they can see how they've been, and are continuing to be, influenced... and once this revelation takes place, they are much more prone to relegating 'emotion' to its rightful place while simultaneously beginning the journey of 'critical thinking'...

All of this takes place in this perfect little beginner's book... Giving someone just stepping into the fray of politics a book such as, 'The Essential Chomsky', (500 pages), will daunt them to the point of regressing back into their shell of complacency... Giving them, 'Chomsky for Beginners', will teach them, entertain them, and spur them on to finding out more... and when that happens, we then recommend the 'Real Story Series' with books such as, 'The Prosperous Few and the Restless Many', 'The Common Good', 'Take the Rich Off Welfare', or 'What Uncle Sam Really Wants'... all books that are also packed with a punch, but very succinct, (100-200 pages), and easy to understand...

I cannot recommend highly enough, 'Chomsky for Beginners'... David Cogswell and Paul Gordon have gifted us with a brand of genius that teaches through the art of tweeking our funny-bone... Huzzah! for their brilliance, *vbs*
 
I recommend this book to Chomsky fans  Dec 11, 2004
I never knew who Chomsky was until I saw him on TV. I noticed he was very sharp and punctual when he spoke. It intrigued to get a book by him, but it was too heavy. Luckily, I found this book. This book allowed me to understand Chomsky in a another form of intelligence through pictures and vocabulary I could comprehend.
It covers many actual quotes and text which really makes Chomsky truly be a genius people should read and understand.
 

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