Edited by Peter R. Mitchell and John Schoeffel.

Noam Chomsky is universally accepted as one of the preeminent
public intellectuals of the modern era.  Over the past thirty years,
broadly diverse audiences have gathered to attend his sold-out
lectures.  Now, in Understanding Power, Peter R. Mitchell and
John Schoeffel have assembled the best of Chomsky's talks on
the past, present, and future of the politics of power.

In a series of enlightening and wide-ranging discussions--
published here for the first time--Chomsky radically reinterprets
the events of the past three decades, covering topics from
foreign policy during the Vietnam War to the decline of welfare
under the Clinton administration.  And as he elucidates the
connection between America's imperialistic foreign policy and
social inequalities at home, Chomsky also discerns the
necessary steps to take toward social change.  With an eye to
political activism and the media's role in popular struggle, as well
as U.S. foreign and domestic policy, Understanding Power is
definitive Chomsky.

Characterized by Chomsky's accessible and informative style,
Understanding Power is the ideal book for those new to his work
as well as for those who have been listening for years.

Peter R. Mitchell and John Schoeffel are public defenders in
New York City.

“The most comprehensive overview of Chomsky’s political
thought ever available.” —
Quality Paperback Book Club

"Arguably the most important intellectual alive." -The New York

“It is impossible to do justice to the full range of Chomsky’s
thought as revealed in this huge collection. I urge anyone with an
interest in world affairs to read it.” —
Canberra Times

“There are few books that offer such profound insights into the
many ills that plague the contemporary world.” —
Herald, Australia

“If readers have been too overwhelmed to pick up a Chomsky
book before, then now is the time. This is a user-friendly
examination of Chomsky’s lectures over 30 years and the factors
that could have contributed to the events of September 11.” —
Herald Sun, Australia

“A useful and wide-ranging introduction to [Chomsky’s] analysis
of power and media in the West.” —
Publishers Weekly

"Noam Chomsky... is a major scholarly resource.  Not to have
read [him] is to court genuine ignorance." -
The Nation

"Chomsky ranks with Marx, Shakespeare, and the Bible as one of
the ten most quoted sources in the humanities." -
The Guardian