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An Exclusive Excerpt From ‘Trade Is War’


In his new book, subtitled “The West’s War Against the World,” international trade expert Yash Tandon challenges the notion that free trade helps countries develop. Instead, he finds, it often fosters poverty and violence.

Posted on May 22, 2015 READ MORE
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The Missing 43


This exclusive excerpt from “A Narco History: How the United States and Mexico Jointly Created the ‘Mexican Drug War,’ ” gives a harrowing account of how 43 Mexican students disappeared last year.

Posted on Mar 14, 2015 READ MORE

Does Progress Spawn Poverty? A Gilded Age Issue Remains With Us


The “long nineteenth century” of class against class climaxed in the labor insurgency that followed the Great Crash of 1929. It seemed to resolve itself in the New Deal. But the questions it raised have endured, resurfaced, and grown more pressing of late.

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 READ MORE

The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing


“I, a lover of cinema, destroyed the films—in nothing more than a shitty little garbage can, which is funny considering the can had no idea that its insides were being burned and scalded by the likes of Lynch and Antonioni and Deren and Jodorowsky.”

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 READ MORE

How the Government Outsourced Intelligence to Silicon Valley


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For years, the outsourcing of defense and intelligence work was, with good reason, controversial in political circles.

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 READ MORE

‘Modern Brides & Modern Grooms’: How Same-Sex Marriage Has Opened Doors for All of Us


The new paradigm explodes restrictive categories and in their place offers greater freedom for both gay and straight couples.

Posted on Feb 6, 2015 READ MORE

No Simple Highway


This excerpt, recounting the media reaction to the death of Jerry Garcia, is from Truthdig contributor Peter Richardson’s critically acclaimed new book, “No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead.”

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 READ MORE

‘The Luminous Heart of Jonah S.’ Excerpt: Raphael’s Son Disappears


Author Gina Nahai’s latest novel, “The Luminous Heart of Jonah S.,” is a family epic that leaps from Tehran to Los Angeles and back again, blending murder mystery, history, myth and magic in a lively and lyrical read.

Posted on Nov 16, 2014 READ MORE

‘When Google Met WikiLeaks’: An Exclusive Excerpt


In 2011 WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange was visited by Google Chairman Eric Schmidt. Here, from Assange’s new book, is part of the extraordinary conversation that resulted.

Posted on Oct 29, 2014 READ MORE

One Way or Another, Everything Changes


From the author of “The Shock Doctrine,” here is the introduction to Naomi Klein’s new book, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate.”

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 READ MORE

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