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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Haymarket Books (October 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608463656
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608463657
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Tom Engelhardt is an iconoclast, but he also is the latest exemplar of a great American tradition. Like George Seldes and I. F. Stone before him, he has bypassed conventionally minded newspapers and magazines, and with his remarkable website and in books like this, found a way of addressing readers directly about the issues central to our time. Again and again, he goes to the heart of the matter, drawing on his awesomely wide reading, his knowledge of history, and his acute political radar system that uncovers small but deeply revealing nuggets of news and often makes me feel, enviously: how could I have missed that?”
—Adam Hochschild, author, King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa

"This is a book about secrets and surveillance, but I'm here to tell you one secret its contents won't. For more than a dozen years, Tom Engelhardt and his website or blog or postnewspaper wire service Tomdispatch.com have been one of the great forces on the side of clarity, democracy, openness, and really good writing. Tom himself, a legendary book editor, is also one of the country's most eloquent and tenacious political writers, electronically publishing three essays a week for all these years and writing many of them himself. This collection, focused on the new Orwellianism, is some of the finest writing and finest public service gathered together in book form for your portable pleasure and outrage."
—Rebecca Solnit, author, Men Explain Things to Me

About the Author

Tom Engelhardt created and runs the TomDispatch.com website, a project of the Nation Institute, where he is a fellow. He is the author of The American Way of War and The United States of Fear, both published by Haymarket Books; a highly praised history of American triumphalism in the cold war, The End of Victory Culture; and of a novel, The Last Days of Publishing. He lives in New York.

Glenn Greenwald is a columnist on civil liberties and US national security issues for The Intercept and the author, most recently, of No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State.


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The book didn't really reveal anything I didn't already know.
Mark O.
This book could have been titled a Tom Engelhardt Reader; it is a collection of revised and updated articles from TomDispatch.com.
wsmrer
It is very well written making it enjoyable in spite of the "bad news".
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A more timely relevant book for US citizens could not be imagined, at least by me. By the sheerest coincidence, I have also recently read two books that in my view form a tri-fecta of perspective that could help launch an abolishment of the present government of the USA, a two-party tyranny in service to the legalized crime families of Wall Street.

Micah Sifry: The Big Disconnect: Why The Internet Hasn't Transformed Politics (Yet)
Darrell West: Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust

I won't repeat my summary reviews of those two books, here I will only say that while Tom Engelhardt is ably laying out the criminal insanity of what we have now in the way of a secret government that has become a "lockdown state" toxic to all forms of life everywhere, Micah has documented why the progressive and activist civil movements are dead in the water without a clue, and Darrell has documented how there are at least 25 billionaires out there who want to get it right but have no one to work with.

I am a former spy and the most published intelligence reformer in the English language -- and also the top Amazon reviewer for non-fiction, with Amazon reviews of over 300 books on the secret state, and many books on democracy, corruption, etcetera all easily accessed via the Reviews page at Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence Blog -- all my reviews add weight to this one book, which could serve as the spark that ignites a revolutionary fire in America.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Robert H. Williams on October 3, 2014
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ANYBODY who has NOT heard Bill Moyers 1980's documentary about the shadow government, NEED to find it and watch...AND also get this book which goes into much more of the Who, what when where, why and how such a SECRET group of people run Washington DC in THIER interests and NOT "We the People". Also WATCH all nine segments here: rare video 1987 the secret government 1-9 http://ow.ly/204vo by Bill Moyers...but get this book for more info and footnotes to back up the reality..elections do NOT matter to the SSG= Secret Shadow Government.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By David Swanson on October 19, 2014
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Tom Engelhardt keeps churning out great books by collecting his posts from TomDispatch.com. His latest book, Shadow Government, is essential reading. Of the ten essays included, eight are on basically the same topic, resulting in some repetition and even some contradiction. But when things that need repeating are repeated this well, one mostly wants other people to read them -- or perhaps to have them involuntarily spoken aloud by everybody's iPhones.

We live in an age in which the most important facts are not seriously disputed and also not seriously known or responded to.

The United States' biggest public program of the past 75 years, now outstripping the rest of the world combined, is war preparations. The routine "base" military spending, not counting spending on particular wars, is at least 10 times the war spending, or enough to totally transform the world for the better. Instead it's used to kill huge numbers of people, to make the United States less safe, and to prepare for wars that are -- without exception -- lost disastrously. Since the justification of the Soviet Union vanished, U.S. militarism has only increased. Its enemies are small, yet it does its best to enlarge them. U.S. Special Operations forces are actively, if "secretly," engaged in war or war preparations in over two-thirds of the nations on earth. U.S. troops are openly stationed in 90 percent of the nations on earth, and 100 percent of the oceans. A majority of the people in most nations on earth consider the United States the greatest threat to world peace.

The U.S.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jon Wiener on September 28, 2014
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A devastating expose of our official cult of secrecy, a powerful indictment of our empire of surveillance, and a sweeping analysis of our new ways of war. Engelhardt's history of the present is more compelling--and scary--than anything else I've seen.
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This is a very important subject - a very difficult subject which seems to attract a lot of written opinion but very little deep and contextual academic analysis. This effort by Engelhardt was a big disappointment. Not only is the book poorly written and poorly organised - but it seemed to be hastily put together and so lacked coherence and cohesion. I now see it is in fact a compilation of pieces sewn together. It is also over priced for a kindle book.

There are some new and much better books out there on this subject. The very new "National Security and Double Government" by Prof Michael J. Glennon (2014) is such a book. Also, "The American
Deep State" by Prof Peter Dale Scott are two very recent brilliant efforts to articulate what's really going on in America today. Last but not least, Prof Sheldon Wolin's opus called "Democracy Incorporated" help us get our head around what's going on.

Last but not least, all the 5 star reviews of this book which dominate the page make me very suspicious indeed. How about a variety of reviews(good and bad) to be seen on the main page together - rather than being sidelined on the right of the screen.
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