In November 2001, writer and editor Tom Engelhardt began an e-mail publication of select news articles and commentary that he sent to friends and colleagues. A little over a year later, The Nation Institute adopted his platform as an online project called TomDispatch.com, describing it as “a regular antidote to the mainstream media.” Visitors to TomDispatch.com can now find original content from authors including Rebecca Solnit, Bill McKibben, Mike Davis, Chalmers Johnson, Michael Klare, Adam Hochschild, Robert Lipsyte, Elizabeth de la Vega, Nick Turse, and of course, Engelhardt himself.
Engelhardt was a senior editor with Pantheon Books for 15 years, where he collaborated on award-winning publications like Eduardo Galeano’s Memory of Fire trilogy, Art Spiegelman’s Maus, and John Dower’s War Without Mercy. He is now a consulting editor with Metropolitan Books, and co-founder of its collective of argument-driven books called The American Empire Project. The project seeks to “mount an immodest challenge to the fateful exercise of empire-building and to explore every facet of the developing American imperium, while suggesting alternate ways of thinking about, confronting, and acting in a new American century.”
As an author, Engelhardt’s works include The American Way of War: How Bush’s Wars Became Obama’s and, recently updated, The End of Victory Culture: Cold War America and the Disillusioning of a Generation. His most recent books include The United States of Fear and Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare, 2001-2050, which he wrote with Nick Turse, Associate Editor and Research Director of TomDispatch.com.
Every spring semester, Tom is a teaching fellow at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. He is married with two children and lives in New York City.