Susan Southard

Susan Southard’s first book, Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War, received the 2016 Dayton Literary Peace Prize in Nonfiction and the Lukas Book Prize. It was also named a best book of the year by the Washington Post, the Economist, and the American Library Association. Southard’s work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles TimesPoliticoTomDispatch, and Lapham’s Quarterly.

Astra Taylor

Astra Taylor is a writer, documentary filmmaker (including “Zizek!” and “Examined Life”), and activist. Her book, The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age (Metropolitan Books), was released in April. She helped launch the Occupy offshoot Strike Debt and its Rolling Jubilee campaign.

Nate Terani

Nate Terani, an American veteran, was the first Muslim-American selected to serve as a member of the U.S. Navy Presidential Ceremonial Honor Guard. Since leaving the military, he has worked in the non-profit and private sectors. He is currently a member of the Leadership Team at Common Defense PAC and regional campaign organizer with Veterans Challenge Islamophobia. He is a featured columnist with the Arizona Muslim Voice newspaper.

Erin Thompson

Erin L. Thompson is a TomDispatch regular and a professor of art crime at John Jay College (CUNY). An expert on the deliberate destruction of art, she is the author of the forthcoming Smashing Statues: The Rise and Fall of America’s Public Monuments (Norton, 2021). Follow her on Twitter @artcrimeprof.

Tam Turse

Tam Turse is Tomdispatch’s official photographer. She is a photojournalist working in New York City. Her latest photos for a piece at the site can be viewed by clicking here.

David Vine

David Vine is assistant professor of anthropology at American University, in Washington, DC. He is the author of Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia (Princeton University Press, 2009). He has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, and Mother Jones, among other places. He is currently completing a book about the more than 1,000 U.S. military bases located outside the United States.

Tim Weiner

Tim Weiner is the author of five books. Legacy of Ashes, his history of the CIA, won the National Book Award. His journalism on secret government programs received the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. He directs the Carey Institute’s nonfiction residency program and teaches as an Anschutz Distinguished Fellow in American Studies at Princeton. This essay is adapted from his new book, One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon (Henry Holt and Company).

Mark Wilkerson

Mark Wilkerson spent eight years in the U.S. Army as an AH-1 Cobra and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crew chief with the 3rd Infantry and 101st Airborne Divisions. He was deployed with the 101st to Somalia for six months in 1993. He is the author of Who Are You: The Life of Pete Townshend and co-wrote Pearl Jam Twenty. He has three children: Alex, Nick, and Sam. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife, Melissa. His latest book is Tomas Young’s War (Haymarket Books).