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