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, 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.

  • Tomgram: Engelhardt, Assassin-in-Chief
  • Be assured of one thing: whichever candidate you choose at the polls in November, you aren’t just electing a president of the United States; you are also electing an assassin-in-chief...

  • Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Road to Amnesia
  • It’s the saddest reading around: the little announcements that dribble out of the Pentagon every day or two -- those terse, relatively uninformative Pentagon death notices...

  • Tomgram: Engelhardt, Predator Nation
  • Here’s the essence of it: you can trust America’s crème de la crème, the most elevated, responsible people, no matter what weapons, what powers, you put in their hands.  No need to constantly look over their shoulders...

  • Tomgram: Engelhardt, A Global-Profiling President
  • Sometimes to understand where you are, you need to ransack the past.  In this case, to grasp just how this country’s first African-American-constitutional-law-professor-liberal Oval Office holder became the most imperial of all recent imperial presidents, it’s necessary to look back to the early years of George W. Bush’s presidency...

  • Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Smog of War
  • Take off your hat. Taps is playing. Almost four decades late, the Vietnam War and its post-war spawn, the Vietnam Syndrome, are finally heading for their American grave...

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