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Noam Chomsky

Avram Noam Chomsky (/ˈnoʊm ˈtʃɒmski/; born December 7, 1928) is an American linguist, philosopher,cognitive scientist, logician,historian, political critic, and activist. He is an Institute Professor and Professor (Emeritus) in the Department of Linguistics & Philosophy at MIT, where he has worked for over 50 years. In addition to his work in linguistics, he has written on war, politics, and mass media, and is the author of over 100 books. According to the Arts and Humanities Citation Index in 1992, Chomsky was cited as a source more often than any other living scholar from 1980 to 1992, and was the eighth most cited source overall. He has been described as a prominent cultural figure, and he was voted the "world's top public intellectual" in a 2005 poll. Chomsky has been described as the "father of modern linguistics" and a major figure of analytic philosophy. His work has influenced fields such as computer science, mathematics, and psychology. He is credited as the creator or co-creator of the Chomsky hierarchy, the universal grammar theory, and the Chomsky–Schützenberger theorem. After the publication of his first books on linguistics, Chomsky became a prominent critic of the Vietnam War, and since then has continued to publish books of political criticism. He has become well known for his critiques of U.S. foreign policy,state capitalism and the mainstream news media. His media criticism has included Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (1988), co-written with Edward S. Herman, an analysis articulating the propaganda model theory for examining the media. He describes his views as "fairly traditional anarchist ones, with origins in the Enlightenment and classical liberalism", and sometimes identifies with anarcho-syndicalism and libertarian socialism.**

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Book Title Publisher Total References
Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic SocietiesPluto Press142
Deterring DemocracyVintage Books119
Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel and the PalestiniansPluto Press99
Toward a New Cold WarThe New Press81
Turning the Tide: U.S. Intervention in Central America and the Struggle for PeaceSouth End Press68
The Washington Connection and Third World Fascism (Political Economy of Human Rights, 01) South End Press68
Culture of TerrorismPluto Press54
Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass MediaVintage Books50
Hegemony or SurvivalPenguin Books47
For Reasons of StateThe New Press45
World Orders, Old and NewPluto Press40
The New Military Humanism: Lessons From Kosovo Pluto Press33
Year 501Verso Books29
The Pentagon Papers: Critical Essays: Volume FiveBeacon Press29
Pirates and EmperorsPluto Press28
At War with Asia: Essays on IndochinaAK Press26
American Power and the New MandarinsThe New Press18
Rethinking Camelot: JFK, the Vietnam War, and US Political CultureSouth End Press17
Failed StatesPenguin Books16
On Power and IdeologyBlack Rose Books16
Western State TerrorismPolity Press15
Powers and Prospects: Reflections on Human Nature and the Social OrderPluto Press14
The Chomsky ReaderPantheon Books12
Rogue States: The Rule of Force in World AffairsPluto Press10
After the Cataclysm: Postwar Indo-China (Political Economy of Human Rights, 02)South End Press8
Letters From Lexington: Reflections on PropagandaPluto Press7
A New Generation Draws the Line: "Humanitarian" Intervention and the Standards of the West Pluto Press7
Problems of Knowledge and Freedom (The Russell Lectures)The New Press6
Middle East IllusionsRowman & Littlefield6
Cartesian Linguistics: A Chapter in the History of Rationalist ThoughtCambridge University Press6
Hopes and ProspectsHaymarket Books5
Profit Over PeopleSeven Stories Press4
9-11Seven Stories Press4
Peace in the Middle EastFontana Press4
Language and MindCambridge University Press3
Perilous Power:The Middle East and U.S. Foreign PolicyPenguin Books3
Peering into the abyss of the futureInstitute of Social Sciences, New Delhi2
Aspects Of The Theory Of SyntaxMIT Press1
Superpowers in Collision: The Cold War NowPenguin Books1
InterventionsCity Lights Open Media1
Targeting IranUnknown1
Propaganda and the Public MindPluto Press1
Biological Foundations of LanguageJohn Wiley & Sons Inc1
Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky Vintage Books1
Chomsky on AnarchismAK Press0
Chomsky on MisEducationRowman & Littlefield0
Imperial AmbitionsPenguin Books0
Gaza in CrisisHaymarket Books0
Government in the FutureSeven Stories Press0
What We Say GoesPenguin Books0

** The above description is from the Wikipedia article on Noam Chomsky, licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0. A full list of contributors can be found here.





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