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Category Archives: Media & Culture

Book Review: “The Empty Throne” makes a better argument for not having one

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of The Empty Throne: America's Abdication of Global Leadership, by Ivo H. Daalder and James M. Lindsay.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Book Review: Kissinger is proof the adults in the room were “Reckless”, too

Excerpt: In the Mel Brooks par­o­dy “Space Balls”, the vil­lain­ous char­ac­ter Darth Hel­met brags to Lon­es­tarr, the pro­tag­o­nist, that, “Evil will always tri­umph because good is dumb.” This trope appears in fic­tion often, and some writ­ers rely on it almost entire­ly. The medieval­ist his­to­ri­an and cul­ture crit­ic Steven Atwell has observed that one of the cen­tral […]
Written by:David A Johnson
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Documentary Review: Crime + Punishment details fight against illegal policing quotas

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Crime + Punishment, an original Hulu documentary chronicling the efforts of whistleblower cops to stop illegal policing quotas.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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Book Review: Hilarie Gamm’s “Billions Lost” sadly has nothing useful or progressive to say

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of "Billions Lost: The American Tech Crisis and the Roadmap to Change" by Hilarie T. Gamm.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Documentary Review: Rick Steves’ The Story of Fascism in Europe is critical viewing

Excerpt: We are doomed to repeat history if we don't learn from it, the saying goes. Read NPI's review of Rick Steves' new special, The Story of Fascism in Europe. Then, make time to ask friends and family if they've voted.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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Book Review: In the future of “Unscaled”, AI will keep the rich different from you and me

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Unscaled: How AI and a New Generation of Upstarts Are Creating the Economy of the Future.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Book Review: Dana Fisher’s Activism, Inc. is a reminder of the sin of ideals procrastinated

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Activism, Inc., a 2006 book by Dana Fisher that examines "how the outsourcing of grassroots campaigns is strangling progressive politics in America."
Written by:David A Johnson
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Don’t expect right wing media to apologize for deceptively declaring I‑1639 to be dead

Excerpt: Last week, right wing blogs and media outlets credited the NRA with a big victory when a judge blocked the Alliance for Gun Responsibility's I-1639 from the ballot. Now that the Supreme Court has reversed that judge's decision, though, no mea culpas appear to be forthcoming.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Book Review: “The Storm Before the Storm” and the seduction of history’s lessons

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of The Storm Before The Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic, by Mike Duncan.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Book Review: This is your brain on “Collusion”

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World, by Nomi Prins
Written by:David A Johnson
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Book Review: The real “Good News About Bad Behavior” is that the kids are already alright

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of The Good News About Bad Behavior by Kathleen Reynolds Lewis.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Book Review: “The Bone and Sinew of the Land” recovers some American history that actually has been erased

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Anna-Lisa Cox's new book The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America's Forgotten Black Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Book Review: No Ashes in the Fire by Darnell L. Moore burns bright and goes out too soon

Excerpt: It's a rare thing for a book to conclude and the reader's biggest complaint be that there quite wasn't enough of it. Yet, that's what Darnell L. Moore accomplished with his memoir No Ashes in the Fire.
Written by:David A Johnson
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SIFF Documentary Reviews: “Afghan Cycles” and “The Poetess” tell the stories of groundbreaking women in the Middle East

Excerpt: Read NPI's reviews of two films screened at the 2018 Seattle International Film Festival that tell the stories of groundbreaking women in the Middle East.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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