The S Word: A Short History of an American Tradition...Socialism [NOOK Book]

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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...
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Overview

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

“A chilling reminder of how much rich American history has been erased by shallow messaging. A crucial book.”—Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine and No Logo

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

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.”
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.”
Naomi Klein
“A chilling reminder of how much rich American history has been erased by shallow messaging. A crucial book.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844678211
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 3/21/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 688,233
  • File size: 482 KB

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’s the author of several books, including The Death and Life of American Journalism, The Genius of Impeachment and The “S” Word.
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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements: Whitman, Sylvie and the Emmas vii

Chapter 1 "More of a Socialist than I Thought": Walt Whitman and a Very American Ism 1

Chapter 2 "A Broader Patriotism": Thomas Paine and the Promise of Red Republicanism 25

Chapter 3 Reading Marx with Abraham Lincoln: Utopian Socialists, German Communists and Other Republicans 61

Chapter 4 A Legal and Peaceable Revolution of the Mind: The Socialism That Did Happen Here 101

Chapter 5 "Simply a Stupid Piece of Despotism": How Socialists Saved the First Amendment 141

Chapter 6 For Jobs and Freedom: The "Militant Radical" Socialist Who Dared to Dream of a March on Washington 175

Afterword: "But What about Democratic Left Politics?" 231

A Note on Sources 265

Index 293

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

    Excellent, and timely, if poorly targeted.

    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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  • Posted March 21, 2012

    very poorly written many spelling and grammatical errors Mr. Nic

    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

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