The "S" Word
A Short History of an American Tradition...Socialism
A Verso book
A short, sharp, irreverent rejoinder to right-wing red-baiting.
A few months before the 2010 midterms, Newt Gingrich described the socialist infiltration of American government and media as “even more disturbing than the threats from foreign terrorists.” John Nichols offers an unapologetic retort to the return of red-baiting in American political life—arguing that socialism has a long, proud, American history. Tom Paine was enamored of early socialists, Horace Greeley employed Karl Marx as a correspondent, and Helen Keller was an avowed socialist. The “S” Word gives Americans back a crucial aspect of their past and makes a forthright case for socialist ideas today.
- March 2011
- 5.5 × 8.3 in
/ 336 pages
- Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies and the Philippines.
Endorsements & Reviews
“Of all the giant slayers now afoot in the
great American desert, John Nichols’s
sword is the sharpest.” — Gore Vidal
“A chilling reminder of how much rich American history has been erased by shallow messaging. A crucial book.” — Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine
“What? Not a nasty foreign import? As American as Walt Whitman and Emma Lazarus? Much as John Nichols’s timely book may befuddle Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck, Americans embarrassed by the slurs surrounding all things socialist will find much to think about in The “S” Word.” — Laura Flanders, author of At the Tea Party
“Of all the giant slayers now afoot in the great American desert, John Nichols’s sword is the sharpest, his footwork the most graceful, his brain the most cunning.” — Gore Vidal, author of The Last Empire
“The Tom Paine … of our time.” — Bill Moyers
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