An Orgy of Thieves: Neoliberalism and Its Discontents by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair

An Orgy of Thieves is an excellent collection of essays by two great writers, and a fitting tribute to the late great Alexander Cockburn. The essays begin in the 90s, and cover the Clinton era, and progress to 9/11, the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the book saves the best for last with St. Clair’s 2022 essay on his return to Indiana.

These two great journalists have a razor sharp wit, and enough culture between them to power a university department. The mix of their Voltaire inspired humor with their ability to highlight the absurdity of what many accept as normal makes this a great book to get a new perspective on the last three decades of American politics.

The book was a page turner, its a collection of 2-5 page essays where you’ll finish one, wish there was more, start the next one, and be instantly hooked. There were only a couple essays that didn’t engage me, but this is not for lack of quality, but of the content, and I think most readers will find the overwhelming majority of essays interesting.

I absolutely recommend this book, and think the bite sized nature of the essays makes it the perfect companion for commuting, or bringing along as something to read when taking a break on a hike or walk.

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