Vanderbilt professor Robert Barskys The Chomsky Effect: A Radical Works Beyond the Ivory Tower, an examination of the views and impact of octogenarian linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky, is now out in a more affordable paperback editiona proletarian development that would no doubt please the outspoken libertarian socialist. Chomsky has been the darling of the left and scourge of the right for decades, but Barsky seeks to avoid easy generalizations and heated rhetoric in this scholarly study. By looking at specific Chomsky statements and separating fact from legend, Barsky hopes to provide both an informative and accurate look at a figure beloved by his supporters, hated by his detractors and often targeted for investigation by nervous federal agencies. This is Barskys second tome on the topiche authored Noam Chomksy: A Life of Dissent in 1997.
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