Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Two new summer books

There are two new summer books that many readers of this blog likely will be interested in.

Radley Balko

Radley Balko, a consistent and trenchant critic of "the war on some drugs," police misconduct, racist prosecutions, etc., has a book out today, Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces.  I have not had time to hunt down a copy and read it yet, but based on Balko's track record, it is extremely likely to be worth a careful read.

Balko is a hardcore, mainstream libertarian, but he is such a great reporter he often get compliments from leftists who would sooner eat a worm than say anything good about a libertarian:

Jesse Walker

Meanwhile, Jesse Walker's The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory will be released on August 20. With this one,  I don't have to resort to predicting that it's likely to be very good. Jesse let me read an advance copy and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in conspiracy theories and/or United States history and/or Robert Anton Wilson and his Discordian friends. The topic of the entire book obviously is of interest to anyone who has read Illuminatus!. Moreover, a chapter entitled "Operation Mindfuck" focuses on Wilson and the ironic approach to conspiracy theories. Readers of this blog will want to note the numerous references to Robert Anton Wilson in the index; note that the index for RAW refers to large chunks of the book, as well as individual page numbers. My interview with Jesse about his new book will appear next month. 

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