According to The New York Times, Noam Chomsky is Â“arguably the most important intellectual alive.â€ť But he isnâ€™t easy to read . . . or at least he wasnâ€™t until these books came along. Made up of intensively edited speeches and interviews, they offer something not found anywhere else: pure Chomsky, with every dazzling idea and penetrating insight intact, delivered in clear, accessible, reader-friendly prose. Published as four short books in the famous Real Story seriesÂ—What Uncle Sam Really Wants; The Prosperous Few and the Restless Many; Secrets, Lies and Democracy; and The Common GoodÂ—theyâ€™ve collectively sold almost 600,000 copies. And they continue to sell year after year after year because Chomskyâ€™s ideas become, if anything, more relevant as time goes by. For example, twenty years ago he pointed out that Â“in 1970, about 90% of international capital was used for trade and long-term investmentÂ—more or less productive thingsÂ—and 10% for speculation. By 1990, those figures had reversed.â€ť As we know, speculation continued to increase exponentially. Weâ€™re paying the price now for not heeding him them.