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  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Verso (May 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844672573
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844672578
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Tomdispatch is one of the wonders of the electronic age. A touch of the finger and you get the juciest, meatiest information and analysis, so rich a feast of intelligence and insight I often felt short of breath. Now Tom Engelhardt has assembled some of the best of his dispatches, from some of the boldest and most astute commentators in the country. So take a deep breath and read.”—Howard Zinn

“Unapologetically intellectual, relentlessly original, for many of us these essays are the key pieces of analysis that made sense of our post-9/11 world. How odd that many of them have never actually been printed. Until now.”—Naomi Klein

“At a time when the fourth estate so often seems to be in its death throes, it’s our great good fortune to have Tomdispatch, where vital and independent commentary abounds and the provocative ideas of genuine public intellectuals are given full reign.”—Susan Faludi

“Tomdispatch is indispensable and irreplaceable, a bright light illuminating a dark time in American history. The publication of this splendid collection of dispatches is cause for celebration.”—Andrew J. Bacevich

“Tomdispatch is essential reading. It is a one-stop shop where you can find the most provocative thinkers writing the most eloquent and hard hitting articles about the most pressing issues of the day. Read, get mad, and take action.”—Amy Goodman and David Gooodman

About the Author

Tom Engelhardt created and runs the website Tomdispatch.com, a project of The Nation Institute, where he is a Fellow. He is the author of a highly praised history of American triumphalism in the Cold War, The End of Victory Culture. Each spring he is a Teaching Fellow at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in New York City.

Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of American Power and the New Mandarins, Manufacturing Consent (with Ed Herman), Deterring Democracy, Year 501, World Orders Old and New, Powers and Prospects, Profit over People, The New Military Humanism and Rogue States.

Mark Danner is the author of The Massacre of El Mozote: A Parable of the Cold War.

Mike Davis is the author of several books including Planet of Slums, City of Quartz, Ecology of Fear, Late Victorian Holocausts, and Magical Urbanism. He was recently awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. He lives in Papa’aloa, Hawaii.

Greg Grandin is the author of Empire’s Workshop, The Last Colonial Massacre, Who is Rigoberta Menchú?, the award-winning The Blood of Guatemala, and the 2009 National Book Awards finalist Fordlandia. A professor of history at New York University and a Guggenheim fellow, Grandin has served on the United Nations Truth Commission investigating the Guatemalan Civil War and has written for the Los Angeles Times, Nation, New Statesman, and New York Times.

Chalmers Johnson was President of the Japan Policy Research Institute and Professor Emeritus at the University of California, San Diego. He was the author of numerous books, including Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire and Japan: Who Governs?

Bill McKibben is the author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, among other titles; he is the founder of 350.org, which in 2010 organized what CNN called “the most widespread day of political action in the planet’s history.”

Jonathan Schell teaches at Wesleyan University and the New School University. A Fellow at the Nation Institute and co-founder of a recently formed citizen’s initiative to negotiate the abolition of nuclear weapons, he is the author of nine books including Fate of the Earth, which was published in twenty countries.

Rebecca Solnit is author of, among other books, Wanderlust, A Book of Migrations, A Field Guide to Getting Lost, the NBCC award-winning River of Shadows and A Paradise Built In Hell. A contributing editor to Harper’s, she writes regularly for the London Review of Books and the Los Angeles Times. She lives in San Francisco.

Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian, essayist, and the associate editor of the Nation Institute’s Tomdispatch.com. He is the author of The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday and has written for the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, Le Monde Diplomatique, In These Times and the Village Voice.

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Andrew R. Kroll on June 29, 2008
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Since TomDispatch's beginnings as an e-mail newsletter TomDispatch.com editor and creator Tom Engelhardt sent to a few select friends in which he culled news stories and commentaries from throughout the world--stories that curiously weren't appearing in the American mainstream media--TomDispatch.com has acted as the definitive source of reporting and commentary on our post-9/11 world and the spread of American imperialism throughout the world.

TomDispatch published the stories that readers weren't finding in their daily newspapers and monthly magazines--stories that reported and commented on the possibility of spending $1 billion on a WTC memorial, on the anonymity of Iraqi victims as a result of the U.S.'s invasion and subsequent occupancy, on the rhetoric used by President Bush throughout the Iraq war, and on the largely-underreported refugee crisis in Iraq, to name just a few.

Although TomDispatch makes it home on the Internet, the site's essays--as seen in this collection--are not clipped news stories or blog posts; rather, they're finely edited, thorough, extensive and wonderfully written and reported pieces of journalism. And the names of those who've contributed to the site and who also appear in this book are quite notable as well. The likes of Noam Chomsky, Bill McKibben, Rebecca Solnit and Mark Danner, among many, many others, have penned essays for TomDispatch that have been collected here.

Like finally flipping on the lights in a dark room, reading this book opens one's eyes to a whole world of imperialism and corporatism and to a class of plutocrats and crooks that never made it into the pages of The New York Times or Newsweek. When looking to make sense of this post-9/11 world, this is book is the place to start.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Paige on June 27, 2008
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This book is a must for all shelves! Where else could you in one book read the outstanding thinking, insight and prose from such writers as Rebecca Solnit, Noam Chomsky, Chalmers Johnson, Dahr Jamail, Nick Turse, Mike Davis and Michael Klare among so many others, including Tom Engelhardt himself?!

This book is eye-opening and thought provoking. It is also very heartening to read the type of journalism that is so lacking in our mainstream media today. At least there are some writers out there willing to look into the issues and provide perspective.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Osbert Ponder on July 23, 2008
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Sick of the mind-numbing propaganda and endless trivial brainwashing of TV and the rest of the Corporatist media? Do you want intelligent analysis based on fact and logic free from neo-con or any other sick corrupt ideology? TomDispatch is a good start. Read this book, and then subscribe to TomDispatch's emailed essays. Here's a link: [...]
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