Review: Omar El Akkad, American War (2017)

Omar El Akkad’s Map of the United States c. 2075

The year is 2084. America is in the throes of a second Civil War. California is burnt to dust because of global warming. Though nominally called the Mexican Protectorate, the Southwest resembles something akin to a lawless frontier. In the East, the seat…

The famous orator was skilled at landing rhetorical blows, but he wasn’t afraid to duke it out either.

Frederick Douglass c. 1866, New York Historical Society

Frederick Douglass — the nineteenth-century runaway slave turned fiery abolitionist and political activist — wrote and spoke out against the injustice of slavery and the hypocrisy of Christian slaveowners. Whether in the…

Pete Pellizzari

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