Haymarket Books

The New Dystopia: What Comes After Trump

The following is an excerpt from John Feffer’s  new dystopian novel, Splinterlands (Haymarket, 2016). It’s a look back at our world from the shattered Earth of 2050.  Feffer’s novel has come to read ever less like futuristic fiction and ever more like a vivid journalistic report on the latest developments in our distressed, Trumpian universe.  The story is about a “geo-paleontologist” named Julian West who looks back from the year 2050 on a world shattered by the unexpected rise of nationalism and the devastation of climate change. The excerpt below is the first thousand words from the novel.

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A Hopeful Manifesto for the Defeated Activist

The following is an excerpt from the new edition of Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit (Haymarket, 2016): 

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Murder, Theft, Exploitation: How American Imperialism and Neoliberal Economics Conquered Latin America

The following is an excerpt from the book Year 501 by Noam Chomsky, part of a series of twelve new editions of Chomsky's classic works recently published by Haymarket Books: 

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Why Africa Is America's Battleground of the Future

The following excerpt is taken from the afterward of Nick Turse's new book, Tomorrow's Battlefield: US Proxy Wars & Secret Ops in Africa (Haymarket, 2015)

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How I Helped Catch an Alleged 9/11 Mastermind - and Realized America's War on Terror Is a Disaster

Worth Fighting For is primarily the story of Rory Fanning's walk across the United States, from Atlantic to Pacific, to raise money for the Pat Tillman Foundation. But in this excerpt, Fanning describes a different journey: from idealistic recruit who signed up for the US military thinking he could defend his country, to conscientious objector. This excerpt was edited and condensed by Truthout.

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America Is More Terrifying Than Orwell’s Fiction

The following is an excerpt from Tom Engelhardt's new book, Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World (Haymarket Books, 2014).
In an increasingly phantasmagorical world, here’s my present fantasy of choice: someone from General Keith Alexander’s outfit, the National Security Agency, tracks down H.G. Wells’s time machine in the attic of an old house in London.  Britain’s subservient Government Communications Headquarters, its version of the NSA, is paid off and the contraption is flown to Fort Meade, Maryland, where it’s put back in working order.  Alexander then revs it up and heads not into the future like Wells to see how our world ends, but into the past to offer a warning to Americans about what’s to come.

He arrives in Washington on October 23, 1962, in the middle of the Cuban Missile Crisis, a day after President Kennedy has addressed the American people on national television to tell them that this planet might not be theirs — or anyone else’s — for long.  (“We will not prematurely or unnecessarily risk the costs of worldwide nuclear war in which even the fruits of victory would be ashes in our mouth, but neither will we shrink from the risk at any time it must be faced.”)  Greeted with amazement by the Washington elite, Alexander, too, goes on television and informs the same public that, in 2013, the major enemy of the United States will no longer be the Soviet Union, but an outfit called al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), and that the headquarters of our country’s preeminent foe will be found somewhere in the rural backlands of… Yemen.

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Why I Left the Military to Walk Across America

The following is an excerpt from Rory Fanning's new book Worth Fighting For: An Army Ranger's Journey Out of the Military and Across America (Haymarket Books, 2014). Reprinted here with permission.

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Arundhati Roy: How Corporate Power Converted Wealth Into Philanthropy for Social Control

The following is an excerpt from Arundhati Roy's new book,  Capitalism: A Ghost Story,  (Haymarket Books, 2014).  Reprinted here with permission.

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