James Carroll

James Carroll

James Carroll, a TomDispatch regular and former Boston Globe columnist, is the author of 20 books, including the new novel The Cloister (Doubleday). Among other works are: House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power and Christ Actually: The Son of God for the Secular Age. His memoir, An American Requiem, won the National Book Award. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He lives in Boston with his wife, the writer Alexandra Marshall.

 

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It’s no exaggeration to say that those arms control treaties, taken together, probably saved the world from a nuclear Armageddon. (Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto Agency) Views
Monday, November 05, 2018
Entering the Second Nuclear Age?
It was only an announcement, but think of it as the beginning of a journey into hell. Last week, President Donald Trump made public his decision to abrogate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), a 1987 agreement with the Soviet Union. National Security Advisor John Bolton , a Cold...
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Thursday, March 08, 2018
When 'God Wills It!': An American Reckoning
America may be sinking ever deeper into the moral morass of the Trump era, but if you think the malevolence of this period began with him, think again. The moment I still dwell on, the moment I believe ignited the vast public disorder that is now our all-American world, has been almost completely...
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Monday, January 19, 2015
Obama Has Become a Figure of American Disappointment
When President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address Tuesday night, the nation will implicitly consider the state of the president himself. Six years ago, he was defined by the word “hope.” He had arrived on the scene as a political innocent, and many who voted for him inevitably...
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Thursday, December 11, 2014
Obama's Abolition of Nuclear Abolition
Mark these days. A long-dreaded transformation from hope to doom is taking place as the United States of America ushers the world onto the no-turning-back road of nuclear perdition. Once, we could believe there was another way to go. Indeed, we were invited to take that path by the man who is, even...
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Monday, September 29, 2014
Ebola? ISIS? Climate Change? More War Won’t Help World's Moral Gridlock
Commuters heading into Manhattan last week confronted electronic signs that flashed a warning; “UN GEN ASSEMBLY: GRIDLOCK ALERT.” But a midtown traffic jam was the least of it. At the United Nations itself, multiple crises collided, each claiming a moral right of way over the others. Climate change...
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
A Bankrupt War Policy Takes Its Toll
President Obama last week addressed the growing problem of "green on blue" attacks in Afghanistan, in which members of Afghan security forces turn their guns on their Western partners. "We are concerned about this, from top to bottom," the president said. In the two weeks before he spoke, there were seven such attacks, killing nine Americans, and about 40 coalition troops have been killed by Afghan allies this year.
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Monday, July 25, 2011
As Stores Die, So Does Book Culture
THE LIQUIDATION of Borders Books, announced last week, is like the death of an unlikely friend - unlikely because Borders was itself implicated in the slow-motion degradation of the culture of the book.
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Monday, June 20, 2011
A Solstice Approaches, Unnoticed
ONCE, HUMANS were intimate with the cycles of nature, and never more than on the summer solstice. Vestiges of such awareness survive in White Nights and Midnight Sun festivals in far northern climes, and in neo-pagan adaptations of Midsummer celebrations, but contemporary people take little notice of the sun reaching its far point on the horizon.
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Monday, May 23, 2011
Amid Disaster, Community
Genesis says that after the flood of Noah, God promised “never again’’ to so wreak destruction on the earth. Try telling that to folks living in the nine states affected by the floods of the Mississippi. “It’s an act of God,’’ one woman told a reporter. But then, hinting at the wonder of this event, she added, “So who should I be angry at?’’ Blaming God opened a gate into a refusal to blame.
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011
A Declaration of Empire
The House of Representatives is debating a new definition of America’s military mission in the world, replacing the mandate adopted immediately after 9/11.
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