Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky

If you act on the assumption that things can change, well, maybe they will. Okay, the only rational choice, given those alternatives, is to forget the pessimism.

Three stars for the Q&A format which was ultimately tedious; four or more stars for the ideas contained within.

Overall the word for this book is breadth. The four-hundred page book covers almost as many distinct topics as there are pages. As such, this book is a great introduction to many of these ideas and valuable as a thought-provoking starting place.

The Q&A format gets tedious because of the repetitious structure and rapid rate of new topics within the book. Ultimately, no matter how well edited the book is, the conversational nature leads to a scatter-brained result.

I ended up skimming much of the last 30% of the book due to the tedium. In fact, I suspect a strategy of seeking out small bits of content within—and pertaining to subjects one cares about—is a way to enjoy this book a bit more. I will consider revisiting it in this way over the years.

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Understanding Power
The Indispensable Chomsky
Noam Chomsky