Towards a New Cold War
Essays on the Current Crisis and How We Got There
Publisher: Pantheon Books, New York, USA
Year Published: 1982
Pages: 488pp ISBN: 9780394518732
Library of Congress Number: E840.C49 Dewey: 327.73
Resource Type: Book
Cx Number: CX8822
A sobering assessment of American foreign policy from the end of the Vietnam era to Ronald Reagan.
Abstract: Chomsky's book introduces the reader to the crisis of American foreign policy and how its ideology has played a role in an erosion of U.S. power.
The American war against Vietnam was enormously costly in terms of money, resources, and prestige, and led to a weakening of American hegemony. Other foreign policy decisions also led to a relative weakening on the supreme power the U.S. enjoyed at the end of World War II, while still leaving the U.S. as by far the most powerful nation.
The book is divided into thirteen main chapters that examine various aspects of America and its foreign policy.
Chomsky looks at intellectuals and their role in foreign affairs, predominantly as ideologues of U.S. power. Most of the book examines how American policies have affected regions such as Indochina and the Middle East. Chomsky explores the roles of U.S. within each of these, especially in the context of containing 'communism' and the influence of the USSR.
[Abstract by Purushoth Saravana]
Table of Contents
1. Intellectuals and the State
2. Foreign Policy and the Intelligentsia
3. Indochina and the Fourth Estate
4. The Remaking of History
5. On the Aggression of South Vietnamese Peasants Against the United States
6. Kissinger: The White House Years
7. Towards a New Cold War
8. Resurgent America
9. Israel and the Palestinians
10. Bellow: To Jerusalem and Back
11. American Foreign Policy in the Middle East
12. Armageddon is Well Located
13. The United States and East Timor