Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky, published in 2002, is a collection of previously unpublished transcripts of seminars, talks, and question-and-answer sessions conducted by Noam Chomsky from 1989 to 1999.[2][3]

Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky
AuthorNoam Chomsky
SubjectPower (social and political); hegemony
PublishedFebruary 1, 2002[1]
PublisherThe New Press
Publication placeUnited States
Media typePrint
LC ClassP85.C47 U5 2002

The transcripts were compiled and edited by Peter R. Mitchell and John Schoeffel. Mitchell and Schoeffel are public defenders in New York.[4][5]



The book's ten chapters draw on discussions at various speaking engagements in the United States and Canada.

  1. "Weekend Teach-In: Opening Session" (Rowe, Massachusetts, 15–16 April 1989)
  2. "Teach-In: Over Coffee" (Rowe, Massachusetts, 15–16 April 1989)
  3. "Teach-In: Evening" (Rowe, Massachusetts, 15–16 April 1989)
  4. "Colloquy" (Fort Collins, Colorado, 10 April 1990)
  5. "Ruling the World" (New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, Colorado, Illinois, and Ontario in 1990 and 1993–96)
  6. "Community Activists" (British Columbia, Massachusetts, Illinois, Maryland, and Wyoming in 1989 and 1993–96)
  7. "Intellectuals and Social Change" (Woods Hole and Rowe, Massachusetts in 1989 and 1993–94)
  8. "Popular Struggle" (Massachusetts, Maryland, Ontario, California, and Wyoming in 1989 and 1993–96)
  9. "Movement Organizing" (Woods Hole, Massachusetts in 1993 and 1996)
  10. "Turning Point" (Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, and Maryland in 1994–96 and 1999)

See also



  1. ^ "Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky". Goodreads. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  2. ^ Mitchell, Peter R.; Schoeffel, John (2002). "Editors' Preface". Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky. New York: The New Press. ISBN 9781921753923. OCLC 809771036.
  3. ^ Tucker, Robyn (October 2002). "Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky". API Review of Books. The Australian Public Intellectual Network. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky". The New Press. Retrieved 11 December 2013.