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Lessons from a Dark Time and Other Essays
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction

The Surveillance State
1 * Lessons from a Dark Time
2 * Students as Spies
3 * Hoover's Secret Empire
4 * The Father of American Surveillance
5 * Prison Madness

Africa
6 * The Listening House
7 * All That Glitters
8 * A Showman in the Rainforest
9 * Heart of Darkness: Fiction or Reportage?
10 * On the Campaign Trail with Nelson Mandela

India
11 * India's American Imports
12 * Palm Trees and Paradoxes
13 * The Brick Master
14 * The Impossible City

Europe
15 * Our Night with Its Stars Askew
16 * Shortstops in Siberia
17 * A Homage to Homage
18 * On Which Continent Was the Holocaust Born?
19 * Sunday School History

America
20 * Pilot on the Great River: Mark Twain's Nonfiction
21 * A Literary Engineer
22 * A Nation of Guns

The Continent of Words
23 * You Never Know What's Going to Happen Yesterday
24 * Practicing History without a License
25 * On the Road Again
26 * Books and Our Souls

Acknowledgments
Article Sources
Photo Credits

About the Author

Adam Hochschild is a journalist and author who has written on issues of human rights and social justice. His books include the bestselling King Leopold's Ghost. He has been a finalist twice for the National Book Critics Circle Award and once for the National Book Award. He has been awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and is a two-time recipient of the Gold Medal of the California Book Awards.

Reviews

"This is advocacy journalism of the most persuasive kind - impassioned but never shrill or argumentative, solidly grounded in facts patiently marshaled to make the case. . . . Hochschild builds his evidence with the skill and rigor of a master bricklayer. . . . Repeatedly, in his hands, the past becomes vividly rendered prologue to the present." * San Francisco Chronicle *
"Hochschild is adept at both journalistic and historical reporting, with the theme of humanity's capacity for darkness woven throughout. A necessary look at a past that feels uncomfortably familiar. One is left to wonder how future essayists in Hochschild's circle will view the world we currently inhabit." * Library Journal *
"In these essays about places around the globe, Hochschild's graceful, informative, straightforward writing always finds the telling detail as well as the people of courage in the most horrifying of situations. Focusing on some of the direst eras of recent history, these potent essays nevertheless find reason for hope in the idealism of individuals." * Kirkus Review *
"A perfect complement to his earlier books, it could just as well serve as a stand-alone introduction to his work. . . . Hochschild's characteristic blend of compassion, nuanced judgement, diligent research and literary craftsmanship is evident throughout. He is also expert at finding the telling and memorable nugget." * Peace News *

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