Tom Engelhardt
  • Programs: TomDispatch, Nation Books, Fellows

    Tom Engelhardt created and runs, a project of The Nation Institute, and is a fellow of the Institute. His most recent books are Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World; The United States of Fearand, with Nick Turse, Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare, 2001-2050. He is also the author of a history of American triumphalism in the Cold War, The End of Victory Culture, and of a novel, The Last Days of Publishing, as well as a collection of his TomDispatch interviews, Mission Unaccomplished.   He is co-founder and co-editor of the American Empire Project book series at Metropolitan Books, where he is consulting editor.  

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Featured Work
  • Tomgram: Engelhardt, At World's End and Back Again
  • Here may be the most commonplace sentence anyone could write about graduation day in any year: when I think back to my own graduation in 1966, an eon, a lifetime, a world ago, I have no memory of who addressed us...

  • Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Last Empire?
  • It stretched from the Caspian to the Baltic Sea, from the middle of Europe to the Kurile Islands in the Pacific, from Siberia to Central Asia...

  • Tomgram: Engelhardt, Field of Nightmares
  • Chalmers Johnson was, you might say, our first blowback scholar. Now, more than a decade later, we have a book from our first blowback reporter. His name is Jeremy Scahill...

  • Tomgram: Engelhardt, Apocalypse When?
  • Think of it as a simple formula: if you’ve been hired (and paid handsomely) to protect what is, you’re going to be congenitally ill-equipped to imagine what might be...

  • The Fall of the American Empire (Writ Small)
  • The "fall" of David Petraeus is playing out as farce of the first order. What's less obvious is that Petraeus, America's military golden boy...was always smoke and mirrors, always the farce...

  • The Meaning of a Do-Nothing Election
  • Isn't it time to cut the b.s., turn off those talking heads, and ask ourselves: What does election 2012 really mean for us and for this country?

  • Tomgram: Engelhardt, Disaster on Autopilot
  • Despite all the US bases, elite forces, private armies, drones, clandestine operations, and labyrinthine intelligence bureaucracy for $80 billion a year, America's unparalleled military might isn't much more than an imperial nightmare.

  • Tomgram: Engelhardt, Losing It in Washington
  • Once the November election is over, “expedited departure” from Afghanistan could well become an American term and the U.S., as it slips ignominiously out of Afghanistan, could turn out to be the New Zealand of superpowers...

  • Tomgram: Engelhardt, Death-By-Ally
  • Imagine for a moment that almost once a week for the last six months somebody somewhere in this country had burst, well-armed, into a movie theater showing a superhero film and fired into the audience.

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