Non-Fiction: Surviving Autocracy by Masha Gessen

September 28, 2020 J. Kingston Pierce 0

(Editor’s note: This review comes from Ben Terrall, a writer based in San Francisco, California, whose work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Bay View, In These Times, CounterPunch, and Noir City. Terrall last wrote for January Magazine about The Deep End by Jason Boog.) Enough books have been published about the D.J. Trump Crime Family to fill a studio apartment. Ace investigative reporters Wayne Barrett and David Cay Johnston have […]

Non-Fiction: The Deep End by Jason Boog

September 16, 2020 J. Kingston Pierce 0

(Editor’s note: This review comes from Ben Terrall, a writer based in San Francisco, California, whose work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Bay View, In These Times, CounterPunch, and Noir City. Terrall last wrote for January Magazine about No Fascist USA! by Hilary Moore and James Tracy.) In The Deep End: The Literary Scene in the Great Depression and Today (OR Books), journalist Jason Boog writes about the plight of […]

Non-Fiction: No Fascist USA! by Hilary Moore and James Tracy

July 3, 2020 J. Kingston Pierce 0

(Editor’s note: This review comes from Ben Terrall, a writer based in San Francisco, California, whose work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Bay View, In These Times, CounterPunch, and Noir City. Terrall last wrote for January Magazine about Seth Donnelly’s The Lie of Global Prosperity.) No Fascist USA!: The John Brown Anti-Klan Committee and Lessons for Today’s Movements (City Lights) is an important addition to histories of 20th-century anti-racist movements […]

Non-Fiction: When at Times the Mob Is Swayed: A Citizen’s Guide to Defending Our Republic by Burt Neuborne

June 3, 2020 News Editor 0

Is current U.S. president Donald Trump deliberately copying Adolf Hitler’s methods for growing a following and keeping them loyal? Leading US civil rights lawyer Burt Neuborne thinks so. In When at Times the Mob Is Swayed (The New Press), leading US civil rights lawyer Burt Neuborne shows 20 ways current US president Donald Trump is copying Adolf Hitler’s early rhetoric and policies. And it isn’t an accident. A review of the book in Common Dreams […]

Non-Fiction: A Warning by Anonymous

December 23, 2019 admin 1

Since A Warning (Twelve) came out about a month ago, there has been no shortage of press. From a pure sales perspective, the publication date could not have been more timely, with barrages of impeachment news keeping the American president in the headlines, even if his own antics weren’t. And they were. Though sales have been brisk, reviews have not been universally positive. Few voices on either side have been as elegant as Talia Lavin’s […]

Continuing the World’s Fight Against Fascism

March 12, 2019 J. Kingston Pierce 2

(Editor’s note: This review comes from Ben Terrall, a freelance writer based in San Francisco, California, whose work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Bay View, In These Times, CounterPunch, and Noir City. Terrall last wrote for January Magazine about How to Read Donald Duck: Imperialist Ideology in the Disney Comics, by Ariel Dorfman and Armand Mattelart.) In an era of successful far-right movements consolidating power around the world, we need […]

Of Imperialists, Bigots and Cartoon Waterfowl

February 5, 2019 J. Kingston Pierce 0

(Editor’s note: This review comes from Ben Terrall, a freelance writer based in San Francisco, California, whose work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Bay View, In These Times, CounterPunch, and Noir City. Terrall last wrote for January Magazine about It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America, by David Cay Johnston.) When How to Read Donald Duck: Imperialist Ideology in the Disney Comic was […]

Bob Woodward’s Fear

September 5, 2018 admin 0

A week before Bob Woodward’s Fear: Trump in the White House (Simon & Schuster) is due to drop, the book has reached the top spot on Amazon, while creating a storm on social media and in the news. Since the Washington Post published selected excerpts from the book, even the President himself appears to have been helping book sales by slinging mud and referencing the book repeatedly on Twitter, even going so far as to […]

Non-Fiction: A Citizen’s Guide to Impeachment by Barbara A. Radnofsky

July 4, 2018 admin 0

Don’t know how we missed this one, but it seems even more relevant today than it did when it was published last September. A Citizen’s Guide to Impeachment (Melville) is a non-partisan look at what it takes to bring home an impeachment, with a close examination of 19 real world cases of impeachment right out of American history: judges, presidents, and officials from the cabinet and congress. Author Barbara A. Radnofsky is listed in the […]

Non-Fiction: Trump Under Scrutiny

May 28, 2018 J. Kingston Pierce 0

(Editor’s note: This review comes from Ben Terrall, a freelance writer based in San Francisco, California, whose work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Bay View, In These Times, CounterPunch, and Noir City. Terrall last wrote for January Magazine about Desperately Seeking Self-Improvement: A Year Inside the Optimization Movement by Carl Cederström and André Spicer.) David Cay Johnston, a very sharp and multitalented journalist, has been writing about Donald Trump for […]