Imposing Order through Violence - The Case of Libya
"In Destroying Libya and World Order: The Three-Decade U.S. Campaign to Terminate the Qaddafi Revolution Francis A. Boyle tells the story of what happened, why it happened, and what went wrong between the United States and Libya from a perspective of a professor of international law...
May 16, 2013, 2:13pm
Ready for Rationing?
Stan Cox artfully draws on both skill sets (politics and science) to make the case for rationing, perhaps the most important concept that is not being widely discussed these days. The power of his new book, Any Way You Slice It: The Past, Present, and Future of Rationing, comes from his blending of scientific analyses of dire resource trends with a compelling moral argument about the need to reshape politics and economics...
May 4, 2013, 4:06pm
Sexual Depravity and the Church
Christy Rodgers: A provocative new book on the early Christian church and its culture war with pantheism... one begins to see in all this the outlines of a larger culture war: between the followers of the gods of nature and the God of anti-nature, the repercussions of which are still playing out today. (Indigenous peoples remain the last true believers, apparently, in nature as both physical and metaphysical world, and they are fighting a desperate battle for their lives all over the globe as a direct consequence of the desacralization of nature)...
Jan 15, 2013, 12:06pm
Untold History of the United States - Oliver Stone, Obama, and the War in Vietnam
Oliver Stone's Showtime series, Untold History of the United States, is the most radical mainstream television I have ever watched... A 700-page book by Stone and historian Peter Kuznick accompanies the eight-part program; it provides greater detail and covers more ground than the Showtime installments, allowing viewers to gain an even better understanding of our "untold history."
Jan 10, 2013, 12:14pm
The Normalization of Treason
David Swanson: How did right-wing politics in the United States survive the 1960s and 1970s and thrive beyond? Not only did the wealthy invest in the corruption of politics, but the politicians invested in the normalization of treason... The corruption of Watergate involved not only no-holds-barred political thievery, but also Nixon's fear that Daniel Ellsberg or the Brookings Institution or someone else had possession of a file detailing Nixon's successful 1968 efforts to prevent the war on Vietnam from ending...
Dec 12, 2012, 12:01pm
The Difference the PLO Made
Ron Jacobs: As Paul Thomas Chamberlain's new history of the PLO, titled The Global Offensive: The United States, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the Making of the Post-Cold War Order, makes quite clear, Tel Aviv is determined to never give the Palestinians a nation of their own... The continued intransigence of Israel, combined with an increasing stubbornness on the part of Washington to a just settlement, has insured both the longevity and the nature of the conflict...
Dec 8, 2012, 10:42am
Democracy on the Ballot
What's left of American democracy is on the Nov. 6 ballot, with the Republicans hoping that a combination of voter suppression and attack ads bought by billionaires will secure the White House and Congress. Investigative reporter Greg Palast describes the strategy in a new book reviewed by Joe Lauria...
Nov 5, 2012, 11:38am
The Black Panthers: No Bullshitting
"The Black Panthers were arguably the most important revolutionary organization in the United States in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Their presence was an inspiration to millions of men and women around the globe... Furthermore, the Party was a key element in the movement in the United States against imperialism and its manifestations of war and racism...
Sep 29, 2012, 10:11am
Fighting to Win
Susan Rosenthal: "Reviving the Strike: How Working People Can Regain Power and Transform America, by Joe Burns (2011). This exciting little book begins with a bang. Reviving the Strike reminds us that class war shaped industrial America, as organized workers challenged capitalism and transformed themselves and society in the process.
Aug 23, 2012, 1:36pm
JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters
Edward Curtin: "James Douglass presents a very compelling argument that Kennedy was killed by "unspeakable" forces within the U.S. national security state because of his conversion from a cold warrior into a man of peace. He argues, using a wealth of newly uncovered information, that JFK had become a major threat to the burgeoning military-industrial complex...(Reprint from 2009)
Nov 22, 2011, 2:13pm
Deceit of Shakespearean Proportions
Robert Scheer: "The deceit of Dick Cheney is indeed of Shakespearean proportions, as evidenced in his new memoir. For the former vice president, lying comes so easily that one must assume he takes the pursuit of truth to be nothing more than a reckless indulgence.
Aug 31, 2011, 12:40pm
Masculinity, Militarism, and Empathy
Gary Olson: The book - "Unmaking War, Remaking Men" by Kathleen Barry with the subtitle "How Empathy Can Reshape Our Politics, Our Soldiers and Ourselves." ...Barry contends that by replacing empathy with desensitized callousness, the military is creating sociopathic characteristics, that the military itself is a sociopathogenic institution.
Jun 16, 2011, 4:51pm
Modern Utopians - Revisiting the Amazing Communes & Alternative Societies of the '60s & '70s
From The Modern Utopian: Alternative Communes of the '60s and '70s, by Richard Fairfield..."It was a period in which huge numbers of young Americans rejected the traditional American way of greed-based and emotionally isolated living and searched for a new life path that embodied sharing, mutual caring, and openness.
Dec 29, 2010, 4:28pm
Twelve: The King - New Book from Dances With Wolves Author
Walter Brasch: A moving story of the authors love for wild horses, especially one - "When [he] came into full view, everyone eyed his approach; it was as if we had all been tranquilized. He was floating down the pathway, his feet touching the ground as if it were a thick cloud ... He came into the pen—it seemed as if he levitated in—and for a minute everyone just stared at him. Even the restless children watched him. He was something from another time or place.
Nov 10, 2010, 4:37pm
Cell Phone Trap
Joel S. Hirschhorn: "The new book by Devra Davis "Disconnect" deserves your attention. Indeed, if you use a cell phone a lot, it should be mandatory reading..."Some scientists have, for decades, known about the adverse effects that radiofrequency causes in the brain. For example, radiofrequency allows chemicals and toxins from the blood, which are normally kept away from the nervous system, to enter the brain and cause disease.
Nov 5, 2010, 1:54pm