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Propaganda and the Public Mind: Conversations with Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian by Noam Chomsky, David Barsamian

Finally a man (and an intellectual) that really thinks with his head. Written as a series of interviews focusing mainly on the important events of the 90ties with just a bit of linguistics at the end, this book is in some sense really mind-blowing. It goes strait to the point (or rather points since it deals with different problems and comments different events) and it is very easy to read.

There is so much information in it that I wasn't familiar with (and I thought I knew something about the topics covered). What I liked most about it is that it speaks about things that I have been thinking about, that have been bothering me, about issues that I care about- just I did not manage to arrange them so clearly in my head or connect them in a way Chomsky did. The author speaks in such a simple and direct way that it is quite easy to follow even when he jumps from one topic to another.

It is nice to see that someone is trying to grasp the complexity of the 90ties world politics (wars, aggressions and all that has been going on). There is so much simplification out there in the media and in general...It is so refreshing to read a book that actually tries to understand and explain the dynamics of world politics. Besides putting acts of violence into perspective and striping them out of ideological excuses, there was another part of the book that is very important in my view. I think that another burning issue was well handed- the issue of loss of personal freedom. The power that different interests group have over the world is growing, the gap between the poor and the rich has never in the course of human history been greater--- We have to ask ourselves, do we really live in a democracy?

This is definitely a book that I will reread. Moreover, this is a book I will make people read!

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Lontano dal mio paese, Lorenza Cozzolino (recensione libro)

Ciao tutti! Oggi  sul blog vi parlo del un libro molto rilevante e importante per i nostri tempi. Lontano dal mio paese è stata una lettura molto piacevole.A me questo libro è piaciuto molto.Vi chiedo pardon per i errori grammaticali nella mia recesione (la mia prima recensione scritta in italiano!), sto ancora imparando l'italiano. 

Sul sito Amazon ho trovato questa descrizione di Lontano dal mio paese: La storia di Anna e’ la storia di tutti i giovani italiani, che in questi anni sbattono la testa per vedere realizzati i propri sogni e resi concreti quelli che sono i loro diritti. Poi, se come lei sei nato a Napoli, la situazione è ancora più complicata, perché non solo devi combattere con la società, ma anche con tutto il marcio che ci gira intorno. (link)
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Invisible cities by Italo Calvino (book review and recommendation)

Invisible Cities is a novel by Italian writer Italo Calvino. Originally published in  1972, this novel remains popular with modern readers. Before I get to the review, I have a confession to make. I'm actually using a few photographs from another book (written in Italian) because I have listened to an audio version of this book. I could find and repost a photograph of this book, but what would be the point? I prefer to use my own book photography, because it feels more authentic.

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All the King's Men,a novel by Robert Penn Warren ( Book Review and Recommendation)

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