I've been doing a lot of political, factual and historical reading of late, and this book was a fascinating insightful read. I strongly recommend that you pick up a copy.
The book prises apart the facts and truth behind American foreign policy, from the birth of the Cold War through to today's uncertain times. The book is an exercise in exposing the hipocritical double standards of the political elite and how leadership deludes itself, and the public, in the name of questionable policies and decisions.
The book sounds a warning note. In particular, about the current Bush government agenda and how this is seriously undermining international relations and global security. Chomsky takes the facts, as we know them, and widens out the spectrum of understanding, so that we, (as readers), are left with a much broader foundation on which to solidly base our opinions.
One of the areas of consideration is the US policy of funding repressive regimes in the name of 'encouraging' democracy and how fledgling Central American democracies were stifled and put down by US policy in the region. Interesting stuff.
This is weighty, intellectual reading, but not so high-brow that it leaves the casual reader floundering. Even those with a passing interest in political, social and world issues will get something from this book. Above all else, it leaves the reader with more questions than answers. And, of course, a fascinating insight into political decision-making and dictat that is practically revelatory.
Here's what Arundhati Roy had to say about this book;
'If you have to pick just one book on the American empire, pick this one. It's Chomsky at his best. 'Hegemony or Survival' is necessary reading.'
I give 'Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance'