Tom Engelhardt created and runs the Tomdispatch.com website, a project of The Nation Institute of which he is a Fellow. He is also consulting editor for Metropolitan Books and the co-founder of its American Empire Project series. He is the author of The American Way of War: How Bush’s Wars Became Obama’s, The End of Victory Culture (University of Massachusetts Press), which has just been thoroughly updated in a newly issued edition that deals with victory culture's crash-and-burn sequel in Iraq and a novel, The Last Days of Publishing, about a world he inhabited for thirty years. His latest book, coauthored with Nick Turse, is Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare, 2001-2050. Each spring he is a Teaching Fellow at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.
Tomdispatch.com began in November 2001 as Tom Engelhardt’s unnamed e-list of commentary and collected articles from the world press. In December 2002, it gained its name, became a project of The Nation Institute, and went online as “a regular antidote to the mainstream media.” It now posts Tom Engelhardt’s regular commentaries and the original work of authors ranging from Rebecca Solnit and Mike Davis to Chalmers Johnson, Michael Klare, and Elizabeth de la Vega. Nick Turse (who also writes for the site) is its part-time associate editor and research director.
Tomdispatch is intended to introduce readers to voices and perspectives from elsewhere (even when the elsewhere is here). Its mission is to connect some of the global dots regularly left unconnected by the mainstream media and to offer a clearer sense of how this imperial globe of ours actually works. It also has regular interviews with thinkers and doers Engelhardt admires. These are now collected in Mission Unaccomplished: Tomdispatch Interviews with American Iconoclasts and Dissenters (Nation Books, October, 2006).
Destroying the planet—with malice aforethought, with only the most immediate profits on the brain, with only your own comfort and wellbeing in mind—is the world's largest criminal enterprise.
Our twenty-first-century, American-dictated, unipolar moment is a planetary time bomb.
America’s covert warfare—a bizarre form of unconscious wish fulfillment—warrants Scahill’s unembedded, dogged, independent reporting.
The US has managed to turn a post-communist, enemy-less world into a hive of imminent threat.
Before the Iraq War, there was Guantánamo, the AUMF, My Lai and more. What you don’t know can hurt you.
Why is it so tough for people to get their heads around climate change?
A secret CIA drone base, a blowback world and why Washington has no learning curve.
Post-legal drones, the bin Laden Tax and other wonder of our American world.
The Pentagon is intent on pursuing its own global version of the Second Amendment.
The National Intelligence Community’s Global Trends report reveals a future of continued fearmongering and American exceptionalism.