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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

Reviews

  • “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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  • After Chilcot: A Reading List on Iraq and the “War on Terror”

    “We have concluded that the UK chose to join the invasion of Iraq before the peaceful options for disarmament had been exhausted. Military action at that time was not a last resort.” — John Chilcot.

    The long-awaited Chilcot Report, spanning almost a decade of UK government policy decisions between 2001 and 2009, was released today. The report finds that there was no “imminent threat” from Saddam Hussein, and that Tony Blair had gone to war before “peaceful options for disarmament” had been exhausted — the UK's invasion of Iraq in 2003 was not a “last resort”.

    Verso presents a reading list of books that contextualize the disaster resulting from the "War on Terror" and the refugee crisis rooted in its violence. After the invasion by coalition forces in 2003, Iraq began fracturing along sectarian lines, unleashing years of violence and displacement. With the outbreak of war in Syria in 2011, ISIS exploited the chaos and societal tensions of the region to sweep to power on a brutal campaign that has displaced millions of civilians. The Iraq War, too, led to increased risk of terrorism in Europe as well as within the Middle East. 


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  • A Survey of Verso's Responses to 9/11

    Sparing no room for nuance, the magazine covers are all reminding us that the United States—and hence the planet—is set to commemorate the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, a day that not only changed the world and signaled the end of innocence and spawned a new greatest generation, but also launched a thousand new slogans with which to label that day, and inspired thousands of speeches intent on inspiring thousands more.

    However, despite the horror, anger, uncertainty—and yes, for some, glee—from the damage inflicted on that momentous day, there remained, in the aftermath and up to now, a limited vocabulary within the mainstream with which to describe the events of that time and the trail of destruction that followed.

    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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