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The "S" Word: A Short History of an American Tradition...Socialism

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by John Nichols
 

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A few months before the 2010 midterms, Newt Gingrich described the socialist infiltration of American government and media as “even more disturbing than the threats from foreign terrorists.” John Nichols offers an unapologetic retort to the return of red-baiting in American political life—arguing that socialism has a long, proud, American history.

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A few months before the 2010 midterms, Newt Gingrich described the socialist infiltration of American government and media as “even more disturbing than the threats from foreign terrorists.” John Nichols offers an unapologetic retort to the return of red-baiting in American political life—arguing that socialism has a long, proud, American history. Tom Paine was enamored of early socialists, Horace Greeley employed Karl Marx as a correspondent, and Helen Keller was an avowed socialist. The “S” Word gives Americans back a crucial aspect of their past and makes a forthright case for socialist ideas today.

Editorial Reviews

Gore Vidal
“Of all the giant slayers now afoot in the great American desert, John Nichols’s sword is the sharpest, his footwork the most graceful, his brain the most cunning.”
Bill Moyers
“The Tom Paine … of our time.”
Naomi Klein
“A chilling reminder of how much rich American history has been erased by shallow messaging. A crucial book.”
Laura Flanders
“What? Not a nasty foreign import? As American as Walt Whitman and Emma Lazarus? Much as John Nichols’s timely book may befuddle Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck, Americans embarrassed by the slurs surrounding all things socialist will find much to think about in The “S” Word.”
From the Publisher
“A chilling reminder of how much rich American history has been erased by shallow messaging. A crucial book.”
—Naomi Klein

“Of all the giant slayers now afoot in the great American desert, John Nichols’s sword is the sharpest, his footwork the most graceful, his brain the most cunning.”
—Gore Vidal

“The Tom Paine … of our time.”
—Bill Moyers

“[A] search for the legacy of our homegrown radicals.”
Washington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844676798
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
03/21/2011
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
506,977
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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Bill Moyers
The Tom Paine … of our time.
Gore Vidal
Of all the giant slayers now afoot in the great American desert, John Nichols’s sword is the sharpest.

Meet the Author

John Nichols is the Washington correspondent for The Nation magazine, a contributing writer for the Progressive and In These Times, and the associate editor of Madison, Wisconsin’s Capital Times. He is the author of several books, including The Death and Life of American Journalism and The Genius of Impeachment.

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The "S" Word: A Short History of an American Tradition...Socialism 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Honest_Cancer More than 1 year ago
In his latest work Mr. Nichols continues to be one thing above all else, a very skilled writer. His prose is a true pleasure to read and not prone to stunted, blunt style often found in political works. The material he covers is in and of itself interesting from both a historical and political standpoint, not withstanding the frequently unnecessary literary references which will leave many casual readers out in the cold. As the country heads into election season the political history covered in The "S" Word will enlighten many and valiantly attempts to expose just how laughably uninformed many politicians and pundits (to say nothing of voters) actually are. Perhaps though Mr. Nichols efforts have all been in vain. I say that because for the most part the people likely to read this book are already quite aware of the facts presented, and will read it more to be comforted in knowing others share their opinions and knowledge than to be educated. Having finished the book, most readers are sure to find themselves filled with either despair or a sense of superiority depending largely on how closely they follow the political scene of the United States.
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MJS98 More than 1 year ago
very poorly written many spelling and grammatical errors Mr. Nichols is a left wing lunatic that Madsion is trying to run off not worth the trees that died