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By nearly any metric, the litigator-turned-venture-capitalist Bruce Gibney counts as one of the clear-cut winners to emerge from the terrifying corporate-tech duopoly of the past three decades. An early investor in PayPal, Gibney’s knack for betting on the right horse subsequently led his Founders Fund group to take forward-looking interests in Spotify, Lyft, AirBnB and […]

Labor Day Q&A

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On September 1, 2018

It’s only a month until A History of America in Ten Strikes is released and so it is going to be all publicity all time. Oh boy! Anyway, I did an author Q&A for The New Press for your Labor

Barracoon

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On April 30, 2018

Zora Neale Hurston is one of the greatest literary and anthropologist treasures in American history, despite her dying completely forgotten and in poverty in 1960. Her 1931 novel Barracoon is finally

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Paperback

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On May 5, 2017
My book Empire of Timber is now in paperback and thus at a price that is reasonably affordable, if still a little high for a paperback. If you have an itch that needs to be scratched around reading the first book to examine how workers used their unions to promote their own environmental agenda in […]
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Nonfiction Open Thread

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On December 30, 2016
Our esteemed colleague howard (Further research shows it was Patricia and not howard and I thank you very much!) recently purchased for me the first volume of the Library of America collection of the science writer Loren Eiseley. I am immediately enchanted by his amazing writing. Someone else (was it also howard? I can’t remember […]

Reading in Prison

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On September 25, 2016

Above: A man too dangerous for Texas prisoners The U.S. prison system is primarily designed to lock up people of color, control their labor, and humiliate them. There is very little about justice in t

Book Notes

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On July 5, 2016

As I am desperately trying to write the draft of my book on strikes, one of the things I’ve had to sacrifice is writing book reviews here. They take too long to do well. But I did want to note a

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