Noam Chomsky Reading List

Africa

  1. The Black Man’s Burden: Africa and the Curse of the Nation-State Basil Davidson
  2. Qaddafi and the United States Since 1969 Edward P. Haley

Anarchism

  1. Anarchism Daniel Guerin
  2. Anarcho-Syndicalism: Theory and Practice Rudolf Rocker
  3. Bakunin on Anarchy: Selected Works by the Activist-Founder of World Anarchism Sam Dolgoff
  4. Demanding the Impossible: A History of Anarchism Peter H. Marshall
  5. Homage to Catalonia George Orwell
  6. Mutual Aid: A Factor in Evolution Peter Kropotkin

Asia

  1. Asia’s Next Giant: South Korea and Late Industrialization Alice Amsden
  2. Cambodia: 1975–1982 Michael Vickery
  3. The Case of General Yamashita A. Frank Reel
  4. Forty Days with the Enemy Richard Dudman
  5. Genocide and Democracy in Cambodia: The Khmer Rouge, the United Nations and the International Community edited Ben Kiernan
  6. Governing the Market: Economic Theory and the Role of Government in East Asian Industrialization Robert Wade
  7. Kampuchea: Decade of the Genocide edited Kimmo Kiljunen
  8. The Origins of the Korean War Vol I. & II Bruce Cumings
  9. The Pacific Alliance: United States Foreign Economic Policy and Japanese Trade Recovery, 1947–1955 William Borden
  10. The Pol Pot Regime: Race, Power, and Genocide in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, 1975–79 Ben Kiernan
  11. Sideshow: Kissinger, Nixon and the Destruction of Cambodia William Shawcross
  12. Victor’s Justice: the Tokyo War Crimes Trial Richard M. Minnear

Arms Control

  1. Politics and Force Levels: The Strategic Missile Program of the Kennedy Administration Desmond Ball
  2. Wizards of Armageddon Fred Kaplan

Central America

  1. The Battle for Guatemala: Rebels, Death Squads, and U.S. Power Susanne Jonas
  2. Bitter Fruit: The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala Stephen Schlesinger and Stephen Kinzer
  3. The Chronology: The Documented Day-by-Day Account of the Secret Military Assistance to Iran and the Contras Scott Armstrong et al.
  4. The C.I.A. in Guatemala: The Foreign Policy of Intervention Richard H. Immerman
  5. Coffee and Democracy in Modern Costa Rica Anthony Winson
  6. Contra Terror in Nicaragua — Report of a Fact-finding Mission: September 1984-January 1985 Reed Brody
  7. El Salvador: A Revolution Confronts the United States Cynthia Arnson
  8. Export Agriculture and the Crisis in Central America Robert Williams
  9. Grenada: An Eyewitness Account of the U.S. Invasion and the Caribbean History That Provoked It Hugh O’Shaughnessy
  10. Grenada: Revolution in Reverse James Ferguson
  11. The Iran-Contra Connection: Secret Teams and Covert Operations in the Reagan Era Jonathan Marshall, Peter Dale Scott, and Jane Hunter
  12. Mask of Democracy: Labor Suppression in Mexico Today Dan La Botz
  13. Nicaragua: The First Five Years edited Thomas Walker
  14. Nicaragua: The Threat of a Good Example? Dianna Melrose
  15. Out of Control: The Story of the Reagan Administration’s Secret War in Nicaragua, The Illegal Arms Pipeline, and the Contra Drug ConnectionLeslie Cockburn
  16. The Reagan Administration and Nicaragua: How Washington Constructs Its Case for Counterrevolution in Central America Morris Morley and James Petras
  17. Reagan versus the Sandinistas: The Undeclared War on Nicaragua editedThomas Walker
  18. Shattered Hope: The Guatemalan Revolution and the United States Piero Gleijeses
  19. Under the Eagle: U.S. Intervention in Central America and the CaribbeanJenny Pearce
  20. Trouble in our Backyard: Central America and the United States in the Eighties edited Mark Diskin
  21. Weakness and Deceit: U.S. Policy and El Salvador Raymond Bonner
  22. What Difference Could a Revolution Make?: Food and Farming in the New Nicaragua Joseph Collins et al.
  23. Witness to Genocide: The Present Situation of Indians in GuatemalaCraig W. Nelson and Kenneth I. Taylor

Cold War

  1. America’s Secret War Against Bolshevism: U.S. Intervention in the Russian Civil War, 1917–1920 David S. Fogelsang
  2. Beyond The Cold War: Conflict and Cooperation In the Third World edited George W. Breslauer, Harry Kreisler and Benjamin Ward
  3. Corporations and the Cold War edited David Horowitz
  4. Détente and Confrontation: American-Soviet Relations from Nixon to Reagan Raymond L. Garthoff
  5. Hostile Acts: U.S. Policy in Costa Rica in the 1980s Martha Honey
  6. Inside the League: The Shocking Exposé of How Terrorists, Nazis, and Latin American Death Squads Have Infiltrated the World Anti-Communist League Scott Anderson and John Lee Anderson
  7. No Ivory Tower: McCarthyism and the Universities Ellen Schrecker
  8. A Preponderance of Power: National Security, the Truman Administration, and the Cold War Melvyn Leffler
  9. The Press and the Cold War James Aronson
  10. Reflections on the Cuban Missile Crisis Raymond L Garthoff
  11. Shootdown: Flight 007 and the American Connection R.W. Johnson
  12. “The Target Is Destroyed”: What Really Happened to Flight 007 and What America Knew About It Seymour M. Hersh
  13. The Truman Doctrine and the Origins of McCarthyism: Foreign Policy, Domestic Politics, and Internal Security, 1946–1948 Richard M. Freeland
  14. Washington’s China: The National Security World, the Cold War, And the Origins of Globalism James Peck

Cuba

  1. The Fish is Red: The Story of The Secret War Against Castro Warren Hinckle and William Turner
  2. Imperial State and Revolution: The United States and Cuba, 1952–1986Morris H. Morley

Culture

  1. The Enchanted Glass: Britain and its Monarchy Tom Nairn
  2. The Horrors of the Half-Known Life: Male Attitudes Toward Women and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century America G.J. Barker-Benfield
  3. Inventors of the Promised Land Lawrence Friedman
  4. On Active Service in War and Peace: Politics and Ideology in the American Historical Profession Jesse Lemisch
  5. The People’s Religion: American Faith in the 90’s George Gallup Jr. and Jim Castelli

Domestic Policy

  1. Democracy and the Welfare State Amy Gutman
  2. The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure Juliet B. Schor
  3. The Motorization of American Cities David J. St. Clair
  4. The State of Working America (Annual)
  5. Take The Rich Off Welfare Mark Zepezauer and Arthur Naiman

Drug Policy

  1. White-Out: The C.I.A., Drugs and the Press Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair
  1. The ABCs of Political Economy Robert Hahnel
  2. Accumulation and Power: An Economic History of the United StatesRichard B. DuBoff
  3. Bad Smaritans Ha-Joon Chang
  4. Business Organization and the Myth of the Market Economy William Lazonick
  5. Business as a System of Power Robert A. Brady
  6. Capitalism and Its Economics: A Critical History Douglas F. Dowd
  7. The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power Joel Bakan
  8. Corporate Control, Corporate Power Edward S. Herman
  9. The Economy of Death Richard Barnet
  10. The Great Deficit Scares: The Federal Budget, Trade, and Social SecurityRobert Eisner
  11. The Market Revolution: Jacksonian America 1815–1846 Charles Sellers
  12. New Ways Of Knowing: The Sciences, Society, and Reconstructive Knowledge Marcus G. Raskin and Herbert J. Bernstein
  13. Political Economy and Laissez-Faire: Economics and Ideology in the Ricardan Era Rajani Kannepalli Kanth
  14. Wall Street: How It Works and for Whom Doug Henwood
  15. The Wealth of Nations Adam Smith
  1. Education and the Rise of the Corporate State Joel Spring
  2. The Irony of Early School Reform Michael Katz
  3. Schooling in Capitalist America: Educational Reform and the Contradictions of Economic Life Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis
  4. The Social Ideas of American Educators Merle Curti

Environmentalism

  1. Global Spin: The Corporate Assault On Environmentalism Sharon Beder
  2. The Heat Is On: The High Stakes Battle over Earth’s Threatened ClimateRoss Gelbspan

Ethics

  1. Moral Minds: The Nature of Right and Wrong Marc D. Hauser
  2. No Contest: The Case Against Competition Alfie Kohn

FBI

  1. The Age of Surveillance: The Aims and Methods of America’s Political Intelligence System Frank J. Donner
  2. Agents of Repression: The F.B.I.’s Secret Wars on the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement Ward Churchill and James Vander Wall
  3. Break-ins, Death Threats, and the F.B.I.: The Covert War Against the Central America Movement Ross Gelbspan
  4. COINTELPRO: The F.B.I.’s Secret War on Political Freedom Nelson Blackstock
  5. The COINTELPRO Papers: Documents from the F.B.I.’s Secret Wars Against Dissent in the United States Ward Churchill and Jim Vander Wall
  6. The Lawless State: The Crimes of U.S. Intelligence Agencies Morton H. Halpern et al.
  7. Political Repression in Modern America, From 1870 to the Present Robert J. Goldstein
  8. Spying On America: The F.B.I.’s Domestic Counterintelligence ProgramJames Kirkpatrick Davis
  9. War at Home: Covert Action Against U.S. Activists and What We Can Do About It Brian Glick

Globalization/Development

  1. America by Design: Science, Technology, and the Rise of Corporate Capitalism David F. Noble
  2. Bad Samaritans Ha-Joon Chang
  3. Economic Backwardness in Historical Perspective: A Book of EssaysAlexander Gerschenkron
  4. Economics and World History: Myths and Paradoxes Paul Bairoch
  5. Economic Liberalism and Underdevelopment: Studies in the Disintegration of an Idea Frederick Clairmonte
  6. Forces of Production: A Social History of Industrial Automation David F. Noble
  7. Global Rift: The Third World Comes of Age L.S. Stavrianos
  8. Hope and Folly: The United States and U.N.E.S.C.O., 1945–1985 William Preston, Edward S. Herman, and Herbert I. Schiller
  9. The Irish Economy in a Comparative Institutional Perspective Lars Mjøset
  10. The Logic of International Restructuring Winfried Ruigrock and Rob Van Tulder
  11. Long-Term Factors in American Economic Growth edited Stanley L. Engerman and Robert E. Gallman
  12. North American Trade As If Democracy Mattered: What’s Wrong with N.A.F.T.A. and What Are the Alternatives? Ian Robinson
  13. Pathways From the Periphery: The Politics of Growth in the Newly Industrializing Countries Stephen Haggard
  14. Targeting the Computer: Government Support and International Competition Kenneth Flamm
  15. Who’s Bashing Whom?: Trade Conflict in High-Technology IndustriesLaura D’Andrea Tyson

History

  1. The American Revolution: Explorations in the History of American Radicalism edited Alfred Young
  2. The Bolsheviks and Workers’ Control, 1917 to 1921 Maurice Brinton
  3. Britain’s First Socialists: The Levellers, Agitators, and Diggers of the English Revolution Fenner Brockway
  4. The End of Empire John Strachey
  5. The Forging of the Union: 1781–1789 Richard B. Morris
  6. The Great Irish Famine Cormac ó Gráda
  7. The Invasion of America: Indians, Colonialism, and the Cant of ConquestFrancis Jennings
  8. Ireland before and after the Famine: Explorations in economic history, 1800–1925 Cormac ó Gráda
  9. The Loyalists in the American Revolution Claude Halstead Van Tyne
  10. Main Currents in American History Gabriel Kolko
  11. Manifest Design: Anxious Aggrandizement in Late Jacksonian AmericaThomas R. Hietala
  12. A People’s History of the United States: 1492-Present Howard Zinn
  13. Secret History of the American Revolution Carl Van Doren
  14. The Unknown Revolution, 1917–1921 Voline
  15. The World Turned Upside Down: Radical Ideas during the English Revolution Christopher Hill

Israel/Palestine Conflict

  1. The Absence of Peace: Understanding the Israeli-Palestinian ConflictNicholas Guyatt
  2. Blaming the Victims: Spurious Scholarship and the Palestinian Question edited Christopher Hitchens and Edward Said
  3. The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering Norman G. Finkelstein
  4. Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict Norman G. Finkelstein
  5. The Israeli Connection: Who Israel Arms and Why Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi
  6. Israeli Foreign Policy: South Africa and Central America Jane Hunter
  7. My Home, My Prison Raymonda Hawa Tawil
  8. The Rise and Fall of Palestine: A Personal Account of the Intifada YearsNorman G. Finkelstein
  9. The Third Way: A Journal of Life in the West Bank Raja Shehadeh
  10. The West Bank Story Rafik Halabi

Kurdistan

  1. After Such Knowledge, What Forgiveness? Jonathan C. Randal

Labor

  1. The Fall of the House of Labor David Montgomery
  2. The Industrial Worker: 1840–1860 Norman Ware
  3. Made in America: Regaining the Productive Edge Michael L. Dertouzos, Richard K. Lester et al.
  4. Military Enterprise and Technological Change: Perspectives on the American Experience edited Merrit Roe Smith
  5. Profits Without Production Seymour Melman
  6. Progress Without People: In Defense of Luddism David F. Noble
  7. Strike! Jeremy Brecher

Latin America

  1. Bordering on Trouble: Resources and Politics in Latin America editedAndrew Maguire and Janet W. Brown
  2. Brazil and the Quiet Intervention Phylis Parker
  3. The Containment of Latin America: A history of the myths and realities of the Good Neighbor Policy David Green
  4. Exporting Democracy: The United States and Latin America editedAbraham F. Lowenthal
  5. Human Rights and United States Policy toward Latin America Lars Schoultz
  6. The Lessons of Chile: The Chilean Coup and the Future of Socialism edited John Gittings
  7. The Politics of Military Rule in Brazil, 1964–85 Thomas Skidmore
  8. Requiem for Revolution: The United States and Brazil, 1961–1969 Ruth Leacock
  9. The United States and Chile: Imperialism and the Overthrow of the Allende Government James Petras and Morris Morley
  10. United States Penetration of Brazil Jan Knippers Black

Legal

  1. The Anatomy of the Nuremberg Trials: A Personal Memoir Telford Taylor
  2. A Worthy Tradition: Freedom of Speech in America Harry Kalven Jr.
  3. Former Secrets: Government Records Made Public Through the Freedom of Information Act Evan Hendricks
  4. Freedom Under Fire: U.S. Civil Liberties in Times of War Michael Linfield
  5. The Politics of Law: A Progressive Critique edited David Kairys
  6. The Transformation of American Law, Vol I. & II Morton Horwitz

Media/Propaganda

  1. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business Neil Postman
  2. Beyond Hypocrisy: Decoding the News in an Age of Propaganda Edward S. Herman
  3. The British Press: a Manifesto edited James Curran
  4. Communicating Politics: Mass communications and the political process edited Peter Golding, Graham Murdock, and Philip Schlesinger
  5. The Daily Newspaper in America: The Evolution of a Social InstrumentAlfred McClung Lee
  6. Deadline for the Media: Today’s Challenges to Press, T.V. and RadioJames Aronson
  7. Emergence of a Free Press Leonard W. Levy
  8. Fooling America: How Washington Insiders Twist the Truth and Manufacture the Conventional Wisdom Robert Parry
  9. The Geopolitics of Information: How Western Culture Dominates the World Anthony Smith
  10. Inventing Reality: The Politics of the Mass Media Michael Parenti
  11. The International News Services Jonathan Fenby
  12. Jefferson and Civil Liberties: the Darker Side Leonard W. Levy
  13. Manipulating Public Opinion: Essays on Public Opinion as a Dependent Variable edited Michael Margolis and Gary A. Mauser
  14. The Media Monopoly Ben H. Bagdikian
  15. Power Without Responsibility: The Press and Broadcasting in BritainJames Curran and Jean Seaton
  16. PR! A Social History of Spin Stuart Ewen
  17. The Press and the Cold War James Aronson
  18. Propaganda Edward L. Bernays
  19. Public Relations Edward L. Bernays
  20. The Rational Public: Fifty Years of Trends in Americans’ Policy Preferences Benjamin I. Page and Robert Y. Shapiro
  21. Selling Free Enterprise: The Business Assault on Labor and Liberalism 1945–1960 Elizabeth A. Fones-Wolf
  22. The Sponsor: Notes on a Modern Potentate Erik Barnouw
  23. Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology Neil Postman
  24. Toxic Sludge Is Good For You!: Lies, Damn Lies and the Public Relations Industry John C. Stauber and Sheldon Rampton
  25. Unreliable Sources: A Guide to Detecting Bias in News Media Martin A. Lee and Norman Soloman

Middle East

  1. Countercoup: The Struggle for the Control of Iran Kermit Roosevelt
  2. The Eagle and the Lion: The Tragedy of American-Iranian Relations Bill A. James
  3. Egypt in the Reign of Muhammad Ali Afaf Lutfi Al-Sayyid Marsot
  4. The Fire This Time: U.S. War Crimes in the Gulf Ramsey Clark
  5. The Iranian Triangle: The Untold Story of Israel’s Role in the Iran-Contra Affair Samuel Segev
  6. The U.S. Press and Iran: Foreign Policy and the Journalism of DeferenceWilliam A. Dorman and Mansour Farhang

Philosophy

  1. A Discourse on the Origins of Inequality Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  2. Herodotus: A New and Literal Version
  3. Limits of State Action Wilhelm von Humboldt
  4. Main Currents of Marxism: Its Rise, Growth, and Dissolution Leszek Kolakowski

Terrorism

  1. The Real Terror Network: Terrorism in Fact and Propaganda Edward S. Herman
  2. Terrorism and the State: A Critique of Domination Through Fear William D. Perdue
  3. The “Terrorism” Industry: The Experts and Institutions That Shape Our View of Terror Edward S. Herman and Gerry O’Sullivan
  4. Western State Terrorism edited Alexander George

Turkey

  1. After Such Knowledge, What Forgiveness? Jonathan C. Randal

US Foreign Policy

  1. The American Occupation of Japan: The Origins of the Cold War in AsiaMichael Schaller
  2. Confronting the Third World: United States Foreign Policy, 1945–1980Gabriel Kolko
  3. Demonstration Elections: U.S.-Staged Elections in the Dominican Republic, Vietnam, and El Salvador Edward S. Herman and Frank Brodhead
  4. Endless Enemies: The Making of an Unfriendly World Jonathan Kwitney
  5. Harry S. Truman and the War Scare of 1948: A Successful Campaign to Deceive the Nation Frank Kofsky
  6. Hidden Terrors A.J. Langguth
  7. Human rights fifty years on: A reappraisal edited Tony Evans
  8. In Search of Enemies: A C.I.A. Story John Stockwell
  9. Inequity and Intervention: The Federal Budget and Central AmericaJoshua Cohen and Joel Rogers
  10. Inevitable Revolutions: The United States in Central America Walter LaFeber
  11. The Iran-Contra Connection: Secret Teams and Covert Operations in the Reagan Era Jonathan Marshall, Peter Dale Scott, and Jane Hunter
  12. Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions since World War IIWilliam Blum
  13. Reagan and the World: Imperial Policy in the New Cold War Jeff McMahan
  14. Subversion as Foreign Policy: The Secret Eisenhower and Dulles Debacle in Indonesia Audrey R. and George McT. Kahin
  15. Thank God They’re On Our Side: The United States and Right-Wing Dictatorships David F. Schmitz
  16. Under the Eagle: U.S. Intervention in Central America and the CaribbeanJenny Pearce
  17. War Without Mercy: Race & Power in the Pacific War John W. Dower

US Politics

  1. Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics Paul Street
  2. Golden Rule: The Investment Theory of Party Competition and the Logic of Money-Driven Political Systems Thoms Ferguson
  3. The Hidden Election edited Thomas Ferguson and Joel Rogers
  4. On Bended Knee: The Press and the Reagan Presidency Mark Hertsgaard
  5. On Democracy: Toward a Transformation of American Society Joshua Cohen and Joel Rogers
  6. Right Turn: The Decline of the Democrats and the Future of American Politics Thomas Ferguson and Joel Rogers
  7. Rules of the Game: American Politics and the Central America Movement Joshua Cohen and Joel Rogers
  8. There He Goes Again: Ronald Reagan’s Reign of Error Mark Green and Gail MacColl
  9. The Triumph of Politics: How the Reagan Revolution Failed David A. Stockman
  10. Uneasy Partners: Big Business in American Politics, 1945–1990 Kim McQuaid
  11. Washington Babylon Alexander Cockburn and Ken Silverstein

Vietnam

  1. Abuse of Power Theodore Draper
  2. Against the Crime of Silence: Proceedings of the Russell International War Crimes Tribunal edited John Duffett
  3. Atrocities in Vietnam: Myths and Realities Edward S. Herman
  4. Brother Enemy: The War after the War; A History of Indochina Since the Fall of Saigon Nayan Chanda
  5. Cover-up: The Army’s Secret Investigation of the Massacre at My Lai 4Seymour M. Hersh
  6. Harvest of Death: Chemical Warfare In Vietnam and Cambodia J.B. Neiland et al
  7. Intervention: How America Became Involved in Vietnam George Kahin
  8. Kennedy’s Quest for Victory: American Foreign Policy, 1961–1963 editedThomas Paterson
  9. The Lost Crusade: America in Vietnam Chester Cooper
  10. The Military Half: An Account of Destruction in Quang Ngai and Quang Tin Jonathan Schell
  11. Nuremberg and Vietnam: an American Tragedy Telford Taylor
  12. The Pentagon Papers: The Defense Department History of United States Decisionmaking on Vietnam, Senator Gravel Edition
  13. The Phoenix Program Douglas Valentine
  14. Soldiers in Revolt: The American Military Today David Cortright
  15. War Crimes in Vietnam Bertrand Russell

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