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Peter Richardson teaches humanities and American studies at San Francisco State University. He has written three critically acclaimed books: No...

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What Next for Conservatives Who Engaged in Pre-Election Hand-Wringing?

Just before the presidential election, a handful of conservative writers grappled with the extremism blooming within their party. Was it too little too late or better late than never? The author presents another question that is far more important now.

Posted on Nov 20, 2016 READ MORE


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Warren Hinckle: Remembering the Godfather of Gonzo

The legendary Ramparts editor who later ingeniously paired writer Hunter Thompson and artist Ralph Steadman died this week, leaving a slew of colorful memories behind him.

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American Heiress

Patty Hearst’s wild saga “provided hints of what America would become,” in the words of author Jeffrey Toobin—a sensational true crime story and a sad comment on American justice, race relations, media and celebrity culture.

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What’s Yours Is Mine

The Sharing Economy, epitomized by companies such as Uber and Airbnb, “is a movement for deregulation,” Tom Slee writes. “It’s not about building an alternative to a corporate-driven market economy; it’s about extending the deregulated free market into new areas of our lives.”

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When Robots Run the Show

In “Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future,” Martin Ford predicts that the next wave of job losses will be caused by advances in artificial intelligence, making robots the most efficient way to perform routine work now done by humans.

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Reagan: The Life

Drawing heavily on the former president’s diaries and a raft of memoirs by insiders, author H.W. Brands’ “Reagan: The Life” tells its story briskly, punctuated by doses of well-tempered historical context, occasional and always gentle corrections of Reagan’s flawed representations, and a dash of analysis.

Posted on May 29, 2015 READ MORE


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Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy

As the surveillance state has harnessed the very technologies that were supposed to liberate us, a new book explores the shadowy world of Anonymous, an online “community” that has targeted corporations and governments guilty of perceived offenses against digital liberty.

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Peter Richardson
Peter Richardson

Peter Richardson teaches humanities and American studies at San Francisco State University. He has written three critically acclaimed books: No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead (2015); A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short, Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America (2009); and American Prophet: The Life and Work of Carey McWilliams (2005). In 2013, he received the National Entertainment Journalism Award for Online Criticism for his Truthdig review of Curtis White’s The Science Delusion. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and blogs at http://www.peterrichardson.blogspot.com.

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