Imperial Ambitions: Conversations with Noam Chomsky Interviewed by David Barsamian Hamish Hamilton, $159 A reviewer for London's The Daily Telegraph wrote in 2001 that if Noam Chomsky didn't exist 'it would be necessary to invent him - the one thing that his polemics are guaranteed to do is make you think'. Imperial Ambitions is a collection of interviews by David Barsamian, whose dialogues with liberal intellectuals are syndicated on US radio. He first worked with Chomsky in 1986 and, in this collection, he leads the MIT professor of linguistics and left-wing polemicist through a series of discussions, spanning March 2003 to February this year, about the US and the potential global ramifications of its policies. Barsamian says the essence of Chomsky is that understanding the truth or knowing how to act is 'not so complicated'. Those who have tackled Chomsky's latest book, Hegemony or Survival, may be excused for thinking otherwise, but Barsamian's skilful editing makes accessible Chomsky on such topics as the distortion of history and memory, and, in 'Another World is Possible', a discussion of fundamentalism and the American right.