Monthly Archives: May 2012

Thalidomide II and the Silence of the American Media

A couple of years ago, Pulitzer Prize winner Sydney Schanberg, one of America’s most celebrated Vietnam War journalists and a former top editor at the New York Times, explained to me the sad realities of our major newspapers. According to … Continue reading

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Robert Caro and the Lost History of the 1960s—Plus a Vioxx Note

The recent publication of the fourth long volume of Robert Caro’s biography of Lyndon Johnson demonstrates how much even the relatively recent printed past has almost totally disappeared from current consciousness. Consider the 1958-1964 period covered by Caro’s current narrative, … Continue reading

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“When Half a Million Americans Died and Nobody Noticed”

Such was the provocative title under which Alexander Cockburn ran a recent column discussing my China/America article in The Week, a British-based news magazine which claims a total American print circulation of over 500,000. We’ll see whether anyone notices that column … Continue reading

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Announcing the Unz Historical Research Competition, $10,000 First Prize

As some of you already know, I recently released a content-archiving website,, which had absorbed most of my time and effort over the last few years. The website makes freely available a vast quantity of high-quality content material, including … Continue reading

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