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In 9–11: Was There An Alternative?, recipient of the Sydney Peace Prize for 2011, Noam Chomsky bridges the information gap around the World Trade Center attacks and cuts through the tangle of political opportunism, expedient patriotism, and general conformity that choked off American discourse in the months immediately following.
Chomsky places the attacks in context, marshaling his deep and nuanced knowledge of American foreign policy to trace the history of American political aggression at the same time as warning against America’s increasing reliance on military rhetoric and violence as a response to the attacks. He makes the critical point that any escalation of violence as a response to violence will inevitably lead to further, and bloodier, attacks on innocents in America and around the world.
9–11: Was There an Alternative? includes essays based on interviews immediately after the attacks, as well as an essay written in the weeks following the assassination of Osama Bin Laden.
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Praise for 9-11:
Chomsky marshals the facts to devastating effect
THE SATURDAY AGE
Noam Chomsky is the natural heir to George Orwell.
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD