Nation Books (NB)

Nation Books (NB)


* A joint publishing “venture” by the non-profit The Nation Institute and the for-profit leftwing Thunder’s Mouth Press
* Many Nation Books authors are writers and editors of _The Nation_, with which The Nation Institute is associated

Nation Books is a book publishing enterprise launched in 2001 as “a co-publishing venture of The Nation Institute and Thunder’s Mouth Press, an imprint of Avalon Publishing Group/PGW,” according to the Institute’s website.

“The mission of Nation Books,” this website says, “is to help fill the void in commercial publishing with arresting new titles on the social and cultural forces that shape our lives by the best writers at work today. The imprint publishes new works on politics, human rights, feminism, race, gay and lesbian issues, history, art and culture, popular science and the environment — books that will ruffle feathers and unsettle perceived wisdom.”

Carl Bromley is Editor of this venture, and its Co-Publishers are Neil Ortenberg and Hamilton Fish V, the latter being President of The Nation Institute’s Board of Trustees. In April 2004 Avalon Publishing Group that it had named John Oakes as Publisher of both Thunder’s Mouth Press and Nation Books.

An independent book publishing group, Avalon was established in 1994. In New York City it does business as Carroll & Graf Publishers. It published Ambassador Joseph Wilson‘s 2004 book about how the Bush administration had “outed” his wife as an employee of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Avalon imprint Thunder’s Mouth Press is publisher of The I Hate Republicans Reader and The I Hate George W. Bush Reader.

Nation Books, whose logo is an old-fashioned typewriter with flames erupting where paper should be, has produced, among others, the following publications:

  • Taking Back America: And Taking Down the Radical Right, by The Nation Editor Katrina vanden Heuvel and The Nation Contributing Editor Robert L. Borosage, Co-Director of Campaign for America’s Future
  • The Zapatista Reader, a celebration of Mexican terrorists, edited and introduced by Tom Hayden, who sits on The Nation Editorial Board and is a “fellow” at The Nation Institute
  • The Bush-Hater’s Handbook: A Guide to the Most Appalling Presidency of the Past 100 Years, edited by Jack Huberman
  • How Much Are You Making on the War, Daddy: A Quick and Dirty Guide to War  Profiteering in the Bush Administration, by William D. Hartung
  • Warrior-King: The Case for Impeaching George W. Bush, by John C. Bonifaz (preface by Representative John Conyers, Jr.)
  • Prayer for America, by Representative Dennis Kucinich (Preface by Studs Terkel)
  • Dreaming War: Blood for Oil and the Cheney-Bush Junta, by The Nation Contributing Editor Gore Vidal
  • Superpower Syndrome: America’s Apocalyptic Confrontation With the World, by Robert Jay Lifton
  • Rogue State: America at War With the World, by T.D. Allman
  • The Global Activist’s Manual: Local Ways to Change the World, by Mike Prokosch and Lara Raymond; this guide discusses, among other things, tactics that shut down businesses and industries.
  • The Betrayal of America: How the Supreme Court Undermined The Constitution And Chose Our President, by Vincent Bugliosi
  • Right Wing Justice: The Conservative Campaign to Take Over the Courts, by The Nation Contributing Editor Herman Schwartz
  • The Red and the Blacklist, memoir by Norma Barzman
  • Thirty Years of Treason: Excerpts From Hearings Before the House Committee on Un-American Activities, 1938-1968, edited by Eric Bentley; this book purportedly “shows with painful clarity how HUAC grew from a panel that investigated possible subversive activities in a ‘dignified’ manner to a huge, unrelenting accusatory finger from which almost no one was safe.”
  • Occupied Voices: Stories of Everyday Life from the Second Intifada, by Wendy Pearlman, a sympathetic portrayal of 27 Palestinians praised by Marxist historian Howard Zinn
  • Sweet Jesus, I Hate Bill O’Reilly, by Joseph Minton Amman and Tom Breuer
  • Crimes of War: Iraq, edited by Richard Falk, Irene Gendzier and Robert Jay Lifton, “a searing examination of the history and character of American involvement in Iraq for the last several decades”
  • Denial and Deception: An Insider’s View of the CIA, by Melissa Boyle Mahle
  • Black Women’s Lives: Stories of Power and Pain, by Kristal Brent Zook
  • The Hijacking of Jesus: How the Religious Right Distorts Christianity and Promotes Prejudice and Hate, by Dan Wakefield
  • Bushit!: An A-Z Guide to the Bush Attack on Truth, Justice, Equality, and the American Way, by Jack Huberman
  • Dictionary of Republicanisms, by Katrina vanden Heuvel, a book intended “to help decipher Republican doublespeak”
  • Letters from Young Activists: Today’s Rebels Speak Out, by Dan Berger, Chesa Boudin, Kenyon Farrow, and Bernardine Dohrn
  • Taking Back the Corporation: A Mad as Hell Guide, by Ralph Estes, with a foreword by Ralph Nader
  • Iraq Confidential: The Untold Story of the Intelligence Conspiracy to Undermine the UN and Overthrow Saddam Hussein, by Scott Ritter
  • Imperial America: Reflections on the United States of Amnesia, by Gore Vidal
  • Breaking Rank: A Top Cop’s Exposé of the Dark Side of American Policing, by Norm Stamper
  • Steal This Vote: Dirty Elections and the Rotten History of Democracy in America, by Andrew Gumbel
  • Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, by Ibram X. Kendi

A significant proportion of Nation Books authors are editors and writers of The Nation magazine.

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