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  1. Yellowstone Drift

    Yellowstone Drift


    In a time when everything seems to be regulated, controlled, and monitored, Yellowstone Drift is a refreshing and often exhilarating look at the natural wonder of Montana's Yellowstone River.

    High above sea level in the mountains of the Yellowstone National Park plateau, the river tumbles and rushes down to the Paradise Valley just north of Livingston, Montana, before meandering through the northern high plains for well over five hundred serpentine miles to its confluence with the Missouri River in North Dakota. Each chapter of Yellowstone Drift chronicles a leg of John Holt's journey down the river, promising that the reader doesn't miss a single mile of natural beauty. Holt, in his customary free-form, anecdotal style and oblique vision, takes the reader on a wild ride down this natural treasure, examining the wildlife, the people, the fishing, and the river itself.

    John Holt is the author of the acclaimed Reel Deep series of trout fishing books, the comic-gothic novel Hunted, and Coyote Nowhere: In Search of America's Last Frontier. He lives in Livingston, Montana, with his wife Ginny, a photographer. Learn More
  2. Weaponizing Anthropology e-book

    Weaponizing Anthropology e-book


    In the years since September 11, 2001, David Price has been at the forefront of public debates over the ethical and political issues raised by using anthropology for America's terror wars. Weaponizing Anthropology details the rapid militarization of anthropology and incursions by the CIA and other intelligence agencies onto American university campuses. Price combines his expert knowledge of the history of anthropologists' collaborations with military and intelligence agencies with an activist stance opposing current efforts to weaponize anthropology in global counterinsurgency campaigns. With the rapid growth of American military operations relying on cultural knowledge as a strategic tool for conquest and control, disciplinary loyalties aligning anthropologists with the peoples they study are strained in new ways as military sponsors seek to transform research subjects into targets and collaborators. Weaponizing Anthropology political and ethical critiques of a new generation of counterinsurgency programs like Human Terrain Systems, and a broad range of new academic funding programs like the Minerva Consortium, the Pat Roberts Intelligence Scholars Program, and the Intelligence Community Centers of Academic Excellence, that now bring the CIA and Pentagon onto university campuses. Weaponizing Anthropology a concise and profound critique of the rapid transformation of American social science into an appendage of the National Security State.

    Praise for David Price's Weaponizing Anthropology
    "Even before he published this materly and comprehensive account, David Price has long been in the forefront of those warning of the adverse effects of militarizing the human sciences. Now, by matching an extraordinary command of the sources to a telling sensitivity to the political and intellectual consequences, he demonstrates inthis definitive work that weaponizing anthropology is as damaging to the soul of the nation as it is to the integrity of the science"
    —Marshall Sahlins, University of Chicago

    "David Price once again proves that he is one of America's most important engaged scholars and insightful public intellectuals. Weaponizing Anthropology is a brilliant analysis of not only how the social sciences are increasingly becoming an integral part of the warfare state but also how knowledge and culture are subject to new modes of militarization, organized in multiple new ways for the production of state violence. This may be one of the most important books written inthe last few decades on the merging of the military and intelligence agencies with the academy. Beautifully written and rigorously argued, Weaponizing Anthropology is a must read for students, educators, and anyone else concerned about the fate of the academy, the corruption of anthropology, the militarization of politics, and the future of democracy."
    —Henry Giroux, McMaster Univeristy, author of University in Chains: Confronting the Military-Industrial-Academic Complex

    "Just about any undergraduate anthropology course is likely to begin with a ritual denunciation of early anthropology as a colonialist project, implying that anything written before, say, 1970 was hopelessly corrupted by its entanglement in racism, imperialism, and genocide. It's always said in such a way so as imply that obviously, this is no longer the case. This excellent, timely, and beautifully researched work demonstrates just how wrong and self-serving this standard account really is. Anthropology was always a field of political struggle between servants and opponents of imperialism and it still is—with much of our funding, employment, and research direction still coming directly from the CIA and US military. No one genuinely concerned with the integrity of the discipline can afford to ignore this important book."

    —David Graeber, Goldsmiths, University of London, author of Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology

    "[David Price is] the foremost authority on the ways in which anthropology has been used by the military."
    —Jeremy Keenan, Times Higher Education Supplement

    "A clarity of political principle has motivated David Price's work over the past twenty years. Price has been a determined—if sometimes lonely—voice highlighting the risks of anthropological collaboration, both covert and overt, with military and intelligence agencies. Price is partially motivated by frustration at what he sees as the silences surrounding military involvements, and how a lack of institutional and disciplinary memory has political consequences, most vividly seen in the increasingly open role played by anthropologists in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan."
    —David Mills, University of Oxford. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

    "David Price is a cartographer of covert power. He maps in topographic detail how deeply the CIA and other intelligence agencies have infiltrated American campuses, recruiting students, administrators and academics to work for the dark side. This meticulously researched book reveals how the discipline of anthropology has been perverted into a virtual "smart bomb" to be inflicted on indigenous populations who stand in the path of the imperial machine. Weaponizing Anthropology is a required field guide for how to spot a spook in the post-9/11 world."

    —Jeffrey St. Clair, co-editor CounterPunch, author of Born Under a Bad Sky

    David H. Price is a Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Society and Social Justice at Saint Martin's University in Lacey, Washington. Learn More
  3. Wasting Libby

    Wasting Libby


    "Andrea Peacock is an excellent reporter—the reader trusts her quiet voice immediately. She is also a skilled interviewer, intelligent and empathetic, with a sure ear for telling gesture, thought and speech. Best of all, she is a gifted writer and fine story-teller: readers of Wasting Libby won't be bored, though they may well be—and should be—outraged by the tragic stories she tells about the innocent victims."— Peter Matthiessen, author of Shadow Country and The Snow Leopard
    Wasting Libby chronicles the heart-wrenching story of a small Montana town where the W.R. Grace & Company (of A Civil Action ) ran a vermiculite mine that supplied the world with insulation, fireproofing and garden materials for nearly 30 years. But Grace's vermiculite was laced with a virulent form of asbestos, and in its quest for profits the company betrayed this rural community, spreading a legacy of death and disease from northwestern Montana to the World Trade Center, through more than 35 million buildings in the United States estimated to have been insulated with Grace's lethal ore. Decades of neglect by state and federal agencies allowed the Grace corporation to reap millions in profits, while knowingly exposing generations of Montana residents to fatal levels of asbestos-contaminated dust. Libby's story, which culminates in the 2009 criminal trial of the corporation's executives, is ultimately the tale of the families who fought Grace for justice, who refused to sacrifice their dignity even as they lost their lives.
    "The mind of the American West is deftly limned in this fine book. A smart, solid and resonant account of corporate wickedness and the small Montana company town betrayed unto the very death by its largest employer."— Joy Williams, author of Ill Nature The Changeling
    Andrea Peacock is a Montana-based journalist who has covered western environmental news and politics since 1991. She is the co-author, with her husband Doug Peacock, of The Essential Grizzly. In 2010, she was awarded a fellowship with the Alicia Patterson Foundation. Learn More
  4. Waiting for Lightning to Strike

    Waiting for Lightning to Strike


    The year that saw an African-American run for the presidency as the nominee of the Democratic Party for the first time in U.S. history also witnessed a truly remarkable silence—one that was scarcely coincidental. In all the millions of words written about a political ascent of one black man, there
    was virtually nothing about the descent of black leadership into well nigh total ineffectiveness. Barack Obama's personal itinerary was mapped in minutest detail. The larger itinerary of African Americans was mostly ignored.

    Gray's take is radical and so his focus is always ample and humane. In these passionate pages he takes his readers into areas of darkness—South Carolina's heritage of slavery, for example—and into the vibrancy and heat of James Brown and Richard Pryor. Gray's intellectual footwork is as sure as Muhammad Ali's in his prime, and the k.o. is as deadly.

    No one should venture a mile into the rough terrain of black politics and culture in America today without reading Gray's Waiting for Lightning to Strike. There's no keener mind, no sharper eye focused on the condition of black politics.

    Kevin Alexander Gray & his younger sister Valerie were among the first blacks to attend the local all-white elementary school in rural, upstate South Carolina in 1968. Since then he has been involved in community organizing working on a variety of issues ranging from racial politics, police violence, third-world politics & relations, union organizing & workers' rights, grassroots political campaigns, marches, actions & political events.
    He is currently organizing the Harriet Tubman Freedom House Project in Columbia, South Carolina which focuses on community based political and cultural education.
    Founding member of the National Rainbow Coalition in 1986. Former co-chair of the Southern Rainbow Education Project—a coalition of southern activists. Former contributing editor—Independent Political Action Bulletin.
    Gray was the South Carolina coordinator for the 1988 presidential campaign of Jesse Jackson & 1992 southern political director for the presidential campaign of Iowa Senator Tom Harkin. Gray was also the 2002 SC United Citizens' Party & Green Party Gubernatorial candidate.
    Former managing editor of The Palmetto Post and Black News in Columbia, South Carolina. He served as a national board member of the American Civil Liberties Union for 4 years & is a past eight-term president of the South Carolina affiliate of the ACLU. Advisory board member of DRC Net (Drug Policy Reform Coalition). Learn More
  5. The Politics Of Anti-Semitism

    The Politics Of Anti-Semitism


    How did a term, once used accurately to describe the most virulent evil, become a charge flung at the mildest critic of Israel, particularly concerning its atrocious treatment of Palestinians? Edited by Cockburn and St. Clair, the print and online journal Counterpunch has become a must read for hundreds of thousands a month who no longer believe anything they read in the mainstream press beyond the sports scores. And on the subject of Israel and Palestine, of the Israel lobby in the US, the current middle east crisis, and its ramifications at home and abroad, Counterpunch has been unrivalled. Herein you'll find 18 of the finest essays and articles (from 9 Jews and 9 Gentiles!). Alot of the names will be familiar - Edward Said, Robert Fisk, Norman Finkelstein, Lenni Brenner, Uri Avnery, plus the editors. Then, there's former CIA analysts Bill and Kathy Christison, the trenchant and witty philosopher Michael Neumann, seasoned Capitol Hill staffer 'George Sutherland' Will Yeoman's path-breaking essay on Israel and divestment, Shaheed Alam who became a target of the fanatical Daniel Pipes and Israeli journalist Yigal Bronner. Plus Kurt Nimmo, Bruce Jackson, Jeffrey Blankfort and more. This, the first in the new Counterpunch series from AK Press, is a timely anthology on how silence and complicity in crimes against a betrayed people has been enforced. Learn More
  6. Spell Albuquerque

    Spell Albuquerque


    "I'm not like them," Tennessee Reed would tell her teachers to get them to see that the approach they used for students with "normal" brains didn't always work for her. As it turned out, she was different in quite a few other ways as well, including the great reserves of courage she could call upon to fight an educational system that often defined her disabilities as laziness or stupidity.

    The daughter of writer/choreographer Carla Blank and novelist Ishmael Reed, Tennessee was diagnosed at an early age with several language-based learning disorders. The bottom line, the experts agreed, was that she would never read or write. Within a few years, however, she published her first book of poetry. By the time she was a teenager, she was writing the text for Meredith Monk performances and traveling the world to read her poems.

    Spell Albuquerque is an inspiring memoir of one woman's struggle to overcome racism and institutional authority and to achieve what everyone said was impossible.

    Tennessee Reed is the author of five books of poetry, including City Beautiful, Airborne, and Electric Chocolate. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, and has a master's degree from Mills College.

    "Tennessee Reed is a brand new star in the galaxy of our spirit-shining for all of our people."—Simon Ortiz, author of Telling and Showing Her

    "Reed writes with clarity, wit, and wonder-and with an open-hearted passion that disarms, refreshes, and delights."—Al Young, author of Something About the Blues Learn More
  7. Serpents In The Garden

    Serpents In The Garden


    Serpents in the Garden. That's how Percy Shelley described the revolutionary quest of his crcle of Romantic poets and writers. And it's a perfect title for this marvelous a cappella of writing on art, music, culture and sex from the editors and writers of Counterpunch, the radical newsletter and hugely popular website. Learn More
  8. Queen of Chaos e-book

    Queen of Chaos e-book


    How about a Woman War President? Hillary Rodham Clinton has painstakingly groomed herself for the role. Her record as Secretary of State shows that she is fully qualified to be the first woman to be known as “the mother of all drones” or even to launch World War III. Learn More
  9. Queen of Chaos

    Queen of Chaos


    How about a Woman War President? Hillary Rodham Clinton has painstakingly groomed herself for the role. Her record as Secretary of State shows that she is fully qualified to be the first woman to be known as “the mother of all drones” or even to launch World War III. Learn More
  10. Killing Trayvons e-book

    Killing Trayvons e-book


    Explores why Trayvon Martin’s name and George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict symbolized all the grieving, the injustice, the profiling and free passes based on white privilege and police power: the long list of Trayvons known and unknown. Learn More

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