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BOOK REVIEW: “A Prophet of Peace” and Juan Cole’s New Historicism

Excerpt: I some­times attend the Seat­tle Athe­ist Church on Sun­days, and despite the many virtues that group has an orga­ni­za­tion and pos­i­tive argu­ment it makes by exam­ple for sec­u­lar human­ism, the fact that the “Four Horse­men” of the New Athe­ism move­ment were four white Anglo-Amer­i­can men reflects accu­rate­ly the bias­es you’ll find in the athe­ism move­ment […]
Written by:David A Johnson
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Book Review: “Talk on the Wild Side” by Lane Greene shows how language is power

Excerpt: Lane Greene’s Talk on the Wild Side: Why Lan­guage Can’t Be Tamed came across, in its ini­tial read­ing, as a scat­ter­shot col­lec­tion of top­ics relat­ing vague­ly to the way the pro­nun­ci­a­tions, words, and gram­mars of lan­guages will change with time so long as those lan­guages con­tin­ue to live and have peo­ple speak them. What makes the […]
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 […]
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Book Review: In “10 Strikes”, historian Erik Loomis demonstrates how American labor’s fortunes are inseparable from U.S. politics

Excerpt: This is a good book in all the ways a history book can be good. You should buy it. You should read it. You should gift it to your friends and family, and stuff extra copies in Tiny Libraries you come across.
Written by:David A Johnson
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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: “How to Democrat in the Age of Trump” by Mike Lux is a suspiciously good read

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Mike Lux's timely book How to Democrat in the Age of Trump.
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: Author Christian Davenport, for one, welcomes our new “Space Barons”

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos, by Christian Davenport.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Book Review: The airing of grievances in Donna Brazile’s “Hacks” comes at her true crime memoir’s expense

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Donna Brazile's Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House. The book has been portrayed in the mass media as a juicy tell-all, but a good chunk of it is actually a cybersecurity clinic that's worth reading.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Book Review: David Neiwert’s “Alt-America” is a very necessary — but difficult — read

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Alt-America, local author David Neiwert's well-researched book about the rise of the radical right in the Trump error.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Book Review: “The Future of War: A History” could be a bit more forward-looking

Excerpt: Lawrence Freedman’s "The Future of War: A History" is only about the more martial of the two human endeavors, but there’s a lot to love in it.
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Book Review: Laura Spinney’s Pale Rider re-examines the biggest tragedy of the 1900s

Excerpt: It’s become a stan­dard bit of twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry triv­ia that as ter­ri­ble as the First World War was, the 1918 flu pan­dem­ic coin­cid­ing with the armistice killed more than the con­flict itself. Now, an espe­cial­ly pedan­tic per­son might want to argue that WWI real­ly was the begin­ning of the ‘Sec­ond Thir­ty Years War’. They might treat as […]
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