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NEW YORK: A week after the book was cited by Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez in a speech at the United Nations, demand for Noam Chomsky's Hegemony or Survival remains strong.

Mr. Chavez, who called President George W. Bush "the devil" in his address last Wednesday, held up a copy of Professor Chomsky's book, which is subtitled `America's Quest for Global Dominance,' and advised, "very respectfully, to those who have not read this book, to read it."

The book, first published in 2003, soon topped the best seller list of Amazon.com, and publisher Henry Holt last week announced a new printing of 25,000.

On Wednesday, with Prof. Chomsky at No. 2 on Amazon, another 25,000 paperback copies were commissioned. "Across every account, we are seeing a dramatic increase in sales. Demand is not slowing down," a representative of the publisher said. Prof. Chomsky, 77, is a linguistics scholar and a frequent opponent of U.S. foreign policy. His other books include 9-11 and Failed States.

In Caracas, Mr. Chavez said on Wednesday that Mr. Chomsky will soon visit Venezuela. "Chomsky is soon coming here. We are communicating through common friends," he said. He also denied recent news reports, which based on earlier comments concluded that Mr. Chavez believed Prof. Chomsky was dead. Mr. Chavez said he had been referring to famed U.S. economist John Kenneth Galbraith, not Prof. Chomsky.

A review of his comments during the news conference in New York last week showed that Mr. Chavez said: "I am a fervent reader of Noam Chomsky like I've been of a North American Professor who died a little while ago. Unfortunately, I never was able to meet him. I tried to meet this man, but he was already a little deteriorated at 90 years of age, John K. Galbraith." AP

Galbraith, a Harvard Professor and world renown liberal economist, who was at point the U.S. Ambassador to India, died in May at age 97.


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