Paul Street

Paul Street is an author, journalist, political commentator, historian, editor, and speaker based in Iowa City, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of seven books to date, including Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics (Paradigm, 2008) and They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy (Paradigm, 2014). Mr. Street is a regular contributor to Truthdig, telesur English, Counterpunch, Black Agenda Report, and Z magazine.

Mr. Street’s essays, articles, reviews, interviews, and commentaries have appeared in numerous outlets, including Truthout, the Chicago Tribune, Capital City Times, In These Times, Chicago History, Critical Sociology, Journal of American Ethnic History, Social History, Review of Educational, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, Dissent, Economic & Political Weekly (India), Tinanbantu (South Africa), New Left Project (United Kingdom), Press TV (Iran), The Times of India (India), Morning Star (England), Al-Alkhbar (The News in Beirut, Lebanon), Monthly Review, History News Network, Tom’sDispatch, AlterNet., the Capital City Times (Madison, WI), and ZNet.

Mr. Street has doctorate in U.S. History from Binghamton University and has taught in a large number of Chicago-area colleges and universities. He was Director of Research at The Chicago Urban League (from 2000 through 2005),

Book Reviews by Paul Street

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“a clever, deeply informative, and often brilliant analysis of key historical forces that have pushed U.S. politics and policy dangerously starboard . . .”

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Russian Roulette is essential reading for anyone interested in the strange story of Donald Trump’s complex and disturbing relationship with Russia.

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This book has six basic flaws. First, it does not live up to its subtitle’s promise on Russian president Vladimir Putin.

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The Presidency of Barack Obama: A First Historical Assessment is a welcome and useful first look by first-rate historians at the still very incompletely excavated record of the hi

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“The only thing worse than reading this chilling book is not reading it and thereby failing to fully grasp the depth and degree of America’s descent into madness as it lurches chaotically t

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“a brilliant and indispensable intervention from the socialist left on the real historical, class, and sociopolitical forces at play beneath the national political freak show that is the ne

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For some time now, the United States’ two dominant political organizations have functioned less as real political parties than as corporate fundraising platforms and vehicles for the promotion of b

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“brilliant, indispensable, and highly accessible . . . examination of the inner undemocratic workings of a U.S.

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“a brilliant and deeply informed must-read for anyone seriously interested in geopolitics, the history of Empire, and the shape of the future.”

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Conservatives in both the two major United States political parties can relax about Bernie Sanders’ new book.

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“Flake is to be applauded for courageously calling out Trump and his many enablers in the Republican Party for their dangerous dance with authoritarian and bigoted white nationalism.”

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“Rising Star is an epic triumph of personal and political biography.”

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James Forman Jr.’s new book tells an all-too-hidden and tragic part of the story of the rise of the racist mass incarceration state in the United States.