In Praise of Barbarians: Essays Against Empire

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Haymarket Books, 2007 - History - 340 pages
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The author of City of Quartz and Planet of Slums attacks the current fashion for empires and white men’s burdens in this blistering collection of radical essays. He skewers contemporary idols such as Mel Gibson, Niall Ferguson, and Howard Dean; unlocks some secret doors in the Pentagon and the California prison system; visits Star Wars in the Arctic and vigilantes on the border; predicts ethnic cleansing in New Orleans more than a year before Katrina; recalls the anarchist avengers of the 1890s and “teeny-bopper” riots on the Sunset Strip in the 1960s; discusses the moral bankruptcy of the Democrats in Kansas and West Virginia; remembers “Private Ivan,” who defeated fascism; and looks at the future of capitalism from the top of Hubbert’s Peak.

No writer in the United States today brings together analysis and history as comprehensively and elegantly as Mike Davis. In these contemporary, interventionist essays, Davis goes beyond critique to offer real solutions and concrete possibilities for change.



"Davis remains our penman of lost souls and lost scenarios: He culls nuggets of avarice and depredation the way miners chisel coal."
--The Nation

“A rare combination of an author, Rachel Carson and Upton Sinclair all in one.”
--Susan Faludi, author, Backlash

"Davis' work is the cruel and perpetual folly of the ruling elites."
--New York Times

Mike Davis is the author many books, including City of Quartz, The Ecology of Fear, The Monster at Our Door, and Planet of Slums. Davis teaches in the Department of History at the University of California, Irvine, and lives in San Diego.


  

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Just awesome. Read anything you can get your hands on by Davis. His analysis puts the beltway to utter shame. Read full review

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MIke Davis: Socialist, An Anarchist Historian; great writer Read full review

Contents

PART ONE ROMANS AT HOME
9
ONE THE END OF AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM
11
TWO GREAT AND GLORIOUS DAYS
16
THREE OCCUPIED AMERICA
22
FOUR VERMONTS PIED PIPER
27
FIVE THE ANTIBUSH COMETH?
31
SIX JUMPING OFF THE BANDWAGON
35
SEVEN OEDIPUS BUSH
38
TWENTYFOUR THE GREAT WALL OF CAPITAL
172
TWENTYFIVE VIGILANTE MAN
177
TWENTYSIX BORDER INVASION
182
TWENTYSEVEN ARNIE REPROGRAMMED
188
PART FOUR DARK WATER RISING
195
50000 DEAD
197
TWENTYNINE THE VIEW FROM HUBBERTS PEAKAngry
200
THIRTY THE MONSTER AT THE DOOR
204

EIGHT WHATS THE MATTER WITH AMERICA?
42
NINE THE DEMOCRATS AFTER NOVEMBER
61
PART TWO LEGIONS AT WAR
89
TEN BUSHS ULTIMATE THULE?
91
ELEVEN THE SCALPING PARTY
97
TWELVE THE UNGRATEFUL VOLCANO
103
THIRTEEN WARMART
112
FOURTEEN THE PENTAGON AS GLOBAL SLUMLORD
118
FIFTEEN THE URBANIZATION OF EMPIRE
122
PART THREE THE UNEASE IN GAUL
133
SIXTEEN HEAVY METAL FREEWAY
135
SEVENTEEN CRY CALIFORNIA
140
RECALL THE SYSTEM
146
NINETEEN THE DAY OF THE LOCUST
151
TWENTY STRIKING SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
156
TWENTYON EMELS NAZI MATINEE
160
TWENTYTWO INSIDE THE SUNSHINE GULAG
163
TWENTYTHREE RIOTOUS REAL ESTATE
167
THIRTYONE POOR BLACK AND LEFT BEHIND
208
THIRTYTWO A RAINY DAY IN TIJUANA
212
THIRTYTHREE DROWNING ALL ILLUSIONS
215
THIRTYFOUR AT THE CORNER OF NEW ORLEANS AND HUMANITY
227
THIRTYFIVE SISTER CATARINA
256
PART FIVE OLD FLAMES
261
THIRTYSIX ARTISANS OF TERROR
263
THIRTYSEVEN STREET ILIAD
278
THIRTYEIGHT SAVING PRIVATE IVAN
283
THIRTYNINE THE GHOST SHIRTS
287
FORTY MALCOLMMORE THAN EVER
291
FORTYONE PUNCHOUT TIME
295
FORTYTWO HAPPY BIRTHDAY BIG BILL
301
FORTYTHREE RADICAL GRIT
305
FORTYFOUR RIOT NIGHTS ON SUNSET STRIP
312
AFTERWORD
330
BIBLIOGRAPHY
332
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Writer, historian, and activist Mike Davis is the author many books, including City of Quartz, The Ecology of Fear, The Monster at Our Door, and Planet of Slums. Davis teaches in the Department of History at the University of California at Irvine, and lives in San Diego.

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