Tom Engelhardt Interview: Conversations with History; Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley
Here's a sampler of some of the books that Tom Engelhardt has edited. These descriptions are excerpted from the book jackets. You can find these books at your local independent bookstore.
"In this extraordinary book, Mike Davis... unravels the secret political history of disaster, real and imaginary, in Southern California... Arguing that paranoia about nature obscures the fact that Los Angeles has deliberately put itself in harm's way, Davis reveals how market-driven urbanization has for generations transgressed against environmental common sense."
"With the striking logic that is his trademark, Chomsky dissects America's quest for global supremacy, tracking the US government's aggressive pursuit of policies intended to achieve 'full spectrum dominance' at any cost. He vividly lays out how the most recent manifestations of the politics of global control... cohere in a drive for hegemony that ultimately threatens our survival."
See the Conversations with History interview with Noam Chomsky (2002)
"The great achievement of Embracing Defeat lies in its vivid portrayal of the countless ways in which Japanese met the challenge of 'starting over' -- from top-level manipulations concerning the fate of Emperor Hirohito to the hopes, fears, and activities of ordinary men and women in every walk of life."
"The interviews in Hope Dies Last -- with congressmen and cooks, union organizers and CEOs, students, immigrants, activists, veterans, priests and lawyers -- constitute an alternative history of the American century."
See the Conversations with History interview with Studs Terkel (2003)
"King Leopold's Ghost is the haunting account of a megalomaniac of monstrous proportions, a man as cunning, charming, and cruel as any of the great Shakespearean villians. It is also the deeply moving portrait of those who fought Leopold: a brave handful of missionaries, travelers, and young idealists who went to Africa for work or adventure and unexpectidly found themselves witnesses to a holocaust. "
This graphic novel is "a powerful memoir about Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe, and about his son, a cartoonist who tries to come to terms with his father, his story, and History. Moving rom the gates ofAuschwitz to the sidewalks of Queens, this is the ultimate survivor's tale -- and that, too, of the children who somehow survive even the survivors."
"Reminding us of the classic warnings against militarism -- from George Washington's Farewell Address to Dwight Eisenhower's denunciation of the military-industrial complex -- Johnson uncovers its roots deep in our past. Turning to the present, he... offers a vivid look at the new caste of professional militarists who have infiltrated multiple branches of government... "
See the Conversations with History interview with Chalmers Johnson (2004)
"Tracing the unlimited expansion of violence to its culmination in nuclear stalemate, Schell uncovers a simultaneous but little-noted history of nonviolent action at every level of political life. His historical journey turns up seeds of nonviolence even in the bloody revolutions of America, France, and Russia... and suggest[s] foundations of an entirely new kind on which to construct an enduring peace."
"In a series of lesson plans and a 'program of study' about our beleaguered planet, Upside Down takes us on a wild trip through the global looking glass... Galeano surveys a world unevenly divided between abundance and deprivation, carnival and torture, power and its lack. We have accepted a 'reality' we should reject, he teaches us, one where poverty kills, people are hungry, machines are more precious than humans, and children work from dark to dark... "
"Solnit reminds us of how changed the world has been by the activism of the past five decades. Offering a dazzling account of some of the least expected of these changes, she proposes a vision of cause-and-effect relations that provides new grounds for political engagement in the present. Counting historic victories... she traces the rise of a sophisticated, supple, nonviolent new movement of movements that unites all the diverse and fragmentary issues of the eighties and nineties in our new century."
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