The World According to Tomdispatch: America in the New Age of Empire

From America’s most influential political blog, a grand survey of the world since 9/11.
Tomdispatch.com has established itself as the go-to blog for contemporary US politics, and the favored website for leading commentators; its powerful, no-holds-barred essays resonate throughout the global online media. This comprehensive volume offers readers a chance to catch up on some of the finest political analysis of our age, from Afghanistan and Iraq through Guantánamo and extraordinary rendition, Hurricane Katrina, global warming, black gold, and the misbegotten 'clash of civilizations.' Introduced and edited by Tomdispatch's creator Tom Engelhardt, The World According to Tomdispatch is the essential primer for anyone seeking guidance along the highways and byways of our post-9/11 world.
With contributions by John Brown, Ira Chernus, Noam Chomsky, Judith Coburn, Juan Cole, Mark Danner, Mike Davis, Steve Fraser, Greg Grandin, Karen J. Greenberg, Chad Heeter, Dilip Hiro, Arlie Hochschild, Dahr Jamail, Ann Jones, Michael Klare, Gerald Markowitz, Bill McKibben, Ruth Rosen, David Rosner, Rasha Salti, Jonathan Schell, Michael Schwartz, Rebecca Solnit, Nick Turse, and Behzad Yaghmaian


  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “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.”


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    And since we aren’t anticipating a commemorative circuitous flight over the country on Air Force One with the President of the United States, we would like to offer an alternate journey—that is, a survey of Verso’s responses to 9/11:

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