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  • Book review: 'The Great American Stickup' by Robert Scheer

    Book review: 'The Great American Stickup' by Robert Scheer
    Robert Scheer is a journalist in the gadfly tradition of Lincoln Steffens, I. F. Stone and Seymour Hersh. His latest book, "The Great American Stickup," blames the "captains of finance" for causing the 2008 "meltdown" of the global economy in the first place and then profiting from the tax dollars that were thrown at the problem — "a giant hustle that served the richest of the rich," as he puts it, "and left the rest of us holding the bag."
  • Book review: 'Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned' by John A. Farrell

    Book review: 'Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned' by John A. Farrell
    Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned John A. Farrell Doubleday: 400 pp., $32.50 For five stormy, pivotal decades, Clarence Darrow (1857-1938) was a towering figure in U.S. jurisprudence and politics. He served as defense lawyer for the people...

    'Democracy's Prisoner: Eugene V. Debs, the Great War, and the Right to Dissent' by Ernest Freeberg

    'Democracy's Prisoner: Eugene V. Debs, the Great War, and the Right to Dissent' by Ernest Freeberg
    Democracy's Prisoner Eugene V. Debs, the Great War, and the Right to Dissent Ernest Freeberg Harvard University Press: 380 pp., $29.95 It all sounds so familiar: a foreign war, an unpopular president, high-minded vows to spread democracy abroad and...

    "Mary Austin and the American West" by Susan Goodman and Carl Dawson

    Mary Austin and the American West Susan Goodman and Carl Dawson University of California Press: 324 pp., $29.95 Few writers of her period overcame more obstacles than Mary Austin. Stuck in a disappointing marriage, Austin (1868-1934) spent the...

    California, Golden State of constant crisis

    California, Golden State of constant crisis
    California, the media like to tell us, faces an unprecedented fiscal crisis. The budget deficit is $40 billion and growing. The state is so short of cash that, within days, it may issue IOUs, rather than checks, to pay its bills. The Legislature, bitterly...