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Peter Richardson
Peter Richardson

Peter Richardson teaches humanities and American studies at San Francisco State University. In 2013, he received the National Entertainment...

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Digital Disconnect

“The ways capitalism works and does not work,” Robert McChesney writes in his new book, “determine the role the Internet might play in society. ... The problem is that [Internet] celebrants often believe digital technology has superpowers over political economy.”

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Game Over

Dave Zirin, in “Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down,” returns to his favorite topics: race, gender, unions, the corporatization and corruption of sports, and athletes willing to speak out on any of the above.

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Reagan and Hoover, Sittin’ in a Tree

“Subversives” shows how the two men and their allies sabotaged the careers of law-abiding citizens, defended reckless police violence and exploited an appalling double standard in the political use of FBI intelligence.

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How to Build a Quagmire

If you’re wondering how $31 billion of U.S. taxpayer money could be lost to fraud and waste in Afghanistan and Iraq, “Funding the Enemy: How U.S. Taxpayers Bankroll the Taliban” by Douglas A. Wissing is for you.

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 READ MORE


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Dugald Stermer Wanted to Change the World

Dugald Stermer, illustrator and visionary art director of Ramparts magazine, the legendary San Francisco muckraker, died last Friday after a long illness. He was 74.

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 READ MORE


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A Bomb in Every Issue

Peter Richardson’s fascinating new book explores the short, unruly life of Ramparts Magazine and its extraordinary effect on American politics and media.

Posted on Aug 21, 2009 READ MORE


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Peter Richardson
Peter Richardson

Peter Richardson teaches humanities and American studies at San Francisco State University. In 2013, he received the National Entertainment Journalism Award for Online Criticism for his Truthdig review of Curtis White’s “The Science Delusion.” He has written the 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)., AlterNet and The American Conservative. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and blogs at http://www.peterrichardson.blogspot.com

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