The original edition of Letters from Lexington, first published in 1993, solidified Noam Chomsky's position as American's most distinguished critic of the media. In this new, updated edition, a new chapter, What makes the Mainstream Media Mainstream, offers Chomsky's latest thinking on the role of the media in a rapidly changing word - especially in justifying US government and corporate actions.
Throughout the book, Chomsky's analysis of the politics of the Reagan and earlier Bush administrations offer a striking and surprisingly prescient perspective on the events, key players and policies that shape America's national agenda under the current presidency of George W. Bush and the 'War on Terrorism'. Chomsky explores media coverage of events and issues including the Middle East 'peace process', the US invasion of Panama, the first Gulf War, the UN, the Soviet Union, the coup in Haiti, and democracy and terrorism generally.
Perfect as an introduction to Chomsky's thought more generally, it will be of particular interest to anyone who wants an up-to-date account of the relationship of the new US administration with the media and what impact it is having on foreign and domestic US policy.
Noam Chomsky is one of the most cited scholars in history and has profoundly shaped contemporary understanding of American politics. An ally of anarcho-syndicalists the world over, he has authored numerous books on linguistics, history and politics. He is Institute Professor (emeritus) in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT, and Laureate Professor of Linguistics and Agnese Nelms Haury Chair in the Program in Environment and Social Justice at the University of Arizona.
Foreword by Edward S. Herman Introduction to the New Edition, by Donlado Macedo Introduction by Noam Chomsky 1. What Makes the Mainstream Media Mainstream 2. 'The Middle East Lie' 3. Defensive Aggression 4. The Sunday Times Makes for a Day of No Rest 5. Notes on the Culture of Democracy 6. Third World, First Threat 7. 'Yearning for Democracy' 8. Apostles of Nonviolence 9. UN = US 10. Postscript: 'Riding Moynihan's Hobby Horse' 11. Our "Sense of Moral Purpose 12. 'We the People' 13. Bringing Peace 14. The Burdens of Responsibility 15. The Death and Life of Stalinism 16. Toxic Omissions 17. 'Fiendish Acts' 18. The PC Thought Police 19. Rest in Peace 20. Class Struggle as Usual