A prominent philosopher, a linguist, and a political activist, 20th Century intellectual Noam Chomsky's most instantly recognizable role may be that of the quintessential American dissident. Beginning with the Vietnam War, Chomsky has risen to become one of the most outspoken opponents of American foreign policy, authoring several books on the subject over the course of the next four decades. In this collection of candid interviews, lectures, and classroom discussions, the professor emeritus details the entire arc of 20th Century Amercian politics in the way that only he can. Can the tragedy of 9/11 actually be traced back to 1920s public policy? In addition to exploring this thought-provoking question, Chomsky also speaks about the history of resistance and struggle in America that he sees as a critical component to the "civilizing" of the entire nation. By using his intellect to reveal expansive patterns and systems that aren't easily discerned from the inside out, Chomsky inspires the critical thinker to develop a greater understanding of history, power, and perhaps the most controversial form of American dissent - protest.