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Seymour Hersh: He Got the Story

Michael Hirsch Jacobin
Veteran journalist Seymour Hersh has gotten a few things wrong over his career. But his memoir shows a reporter with broad and brave consistency, exposing one atrocity and cover-up by the forces of American imperial power after another.

More Americans Supported Hitler Than You May Think

Lily Rothman Time
Here is a review of a new history of the pro-Nazi movement in the United States in the years before World War II. That movement was far more popular than many people know.

Dads in Space: Review of 'First Man' and 'High Life'

Christine Smallwood New York Review of Books
First Man is a paean to American greatness. It does include a montage of protesters demanding that the money on NASA be spent to help the poor and hungry, set to Gil Scott-Heron’s “Whitey on the Moon”. That might have been a good title for the film.

Ice Would Suffice

Risa Denenberg Poem-a-Day
Washington state poet Risa Denenberg writes of the fragility of human life on this imperiled planet while “Our sun winks…/without ambition.”

Marx at the Chicken Shack

Mike Davis Verso Blog
A paean to Marx's contemporary relevance, the author argues in an excerpt from his new book that what makes Marx a stranger even to Marxist movements is not simply the difficulty of certain key works and passages, but a series of other obstacles.

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

Joshua A Claybourn Compulsive Reader
Reviewer Claybourn says this new biography is likely to become the definitive one of the great 19th Century leader of the African American freedom struggle and champion of democracy.