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Greg Mitchell writes the popular Media Fix blog at The Nation and is the author of more than a dozen nonfiction books. His latest books are "Journeys With Beethoven," "Atomic Cover-Up," "The Age of WikiLeaks" and "Bradley Manning." He can be reached at: epic1934@aol.com. He was the longtime editor of Editor & Publisher and, much earlier, executive editor at the legendary Crawdaddy.

Mitchell has written two books about infamous political campaigns, Tricky and the Pink Lady as well as The Campaign of the Century: Upton Sinclair's Race for Governor of California and the Birth of Media Politics, winner of the Goldsmith Book Prize. He also co-authored two books with Robert Jay Lifton, Hiroshima in America and Who Owns Death?, and was chief adviser to the award-winning film, Original Child Bomb.

Entries by Greg Mitchell

Cooperstown's Mayor on Obama's Visit -- and That Anti-Fracking Protest

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 11:11 AM

Last Sunday I visited Cooperstown, New York, a few hours north from my home, for a screening of the acclaimed film I co-produced, Journeys With Beethoven, at a benefit for the local food pantry. It turned into an amazing community gathering, with 300 attending (a huge...

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When Hollywood Turned Left -- And Politics in Films Changed Forever

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 11:03 AM

Conservatives may overstate the impact, but few today would challenge the claim that the movie industry, or "Hollywood" in archaic shorthand, is staunchly, at times proudly, liberal in politics (Jon Voight, Clint Eastwood and Gary Sinise notwithstanding). This has been true for so long that most Americans -- even right-wingers...

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When Kurt Vonnegut Met Kilgore Trout!

(2) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 10:06 AM

In early 1974, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. granted me a then-rare interview, at his new townhouse on the East Side of Manhattan, where he'd just moved with photographer Jill Krementz. He was impressed with my recent exclusive interview, also for Crawdaddy, with Catch-22 author Joseph Heller.

But the Vonnegut sit-down...

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Fun Excerpt From New Book, Kurt Vonnegut and Me

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 10:09 AM

I first encountered Kurt Vonnegut in 1970 when I took part in a "rap session" with him just before the opening of his play, Happy Birthday, Wanda June. Four years later, for the legendary Crawdaddy, where I was senior editor, I interviewed him and turned it into a unique profile...

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After Hiroshima, Truman Failed to Pause--and Nagasaki 'War Crime' Followed

(29) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 2:38 PM

By August 7, 1945, President Truman, while still at sea returning from Potsdam, had been fully briefed on the first atomic attack against a large city in Japan the day before. In announcing it, he had labeled Hiroshima simply a "military base," but he knew better, and within hours of...

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68 Years Ago: Truman Opened the Nuclear Era -- With a Lie About Hiroshima

(336) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 10:18 AM

When the shocking news emerged that morning, exactly 68 years ago, it took the form of a routine press release, a little more than one thousand words long. President Harry S Truman was in the middle of the Atlantic, returning from the Potsdam conference with Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin....

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Countdown to Hiroshima for August 5, 1945: Gen. MacArthur -- No Need to Use Bomb Against Japan

(4) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 10:24 AM

For the past several days here, and for more to come, I am counting down the days to the atomic bombing of Japan (August 6 and August 9, 1945), marking events from the same day in 1945. I've written hundreds of article and three books and e-books on the subject:...

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Countdown to Hiroshima for August 4, 1945: Pilot Briefs Crew on Secret Payload

(5) Comments | Posted August 4, 2013 | 12:09 PM

For the past several days here, and for more to come, I am counting down the days to the atomic bombing of Japan (August 6 and August 9, 1945), marking events from the same day in 1945. I've written hundreds of article and three books on the subject: Hiroshima in...

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Countdown to Hiroshima for August 3, 1945: Truman Told 'Japan Looking for Peace'

(8) Comments | Posted August 3, 2013 | 8:59 AM

For the past several days here, and for more to come, I am counting down the days to the atomic bombing of Japan (August 6 and August 9, 1945), marking events from the same day in 1945. I've written hundreds of article and three books on the subject: Hiroshima in...

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Countdown to Hiroshima for August 2, 1945: Bombs Readied as Japan Seeks Terms of Surrender

(25) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 10:12 AM

For the past several days here, and for more to come, I am counting down the days to the atomic bombing of Japan (August 6 and August 9, 1945), marking events from the same day in 1945. I've written hundreds of article and three books on the subject: Hiroshima in...

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Countdown to Hiroshima, X-Minus-Six-Days: Truman Wants Bomb Used Before Russians Attack

(2) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 11:45 AM

For the past several days here, and for more to come, I am counting down the days to the atomic bombing of Japan (August 6 and August 9, 1945), marking events from the same day in 1945. I've written hundreds of article and three books on the subject: Hiroshima in...

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Countdown to Hiroshima, for July 31, 1945: Top Truman Aide Opposes Use of Bomb

(16) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 10:59 AM

For the past several days here, and for more to come, I am counting down the days to the atomic bombing of Japan (August 6 and August 9, 1945), marking events from the same day in 1945. I've written hundreds of article and three books on the subject: Hiroshima in...

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Countdown to Hiroshima, for July 30, 1945: Eisenhower Protests Use of A-Bomb Against Japan

(1) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 10:24 AM

For the past several days here, and for more to come, I am counting down the days to the atomic bombing of Japan (August 6 and August 9, 1945), marking events from the same day in 1945. I've written hundreds of article and three books on the subject: Hiroshima in...

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Countdown to Hiroshima, for July 29, 1945: American POWs in Target Cities?

(2) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 10:21 AM

For the past several days here, and for more to come, I am counting down the days to the atomic bombing of Japan (August 6 and August 9, 1945), marking events from the same day in 1945. I've written hundreds of article and three books on the subject: Hiroshima in...

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Countdown to Hiroshima, for July 28, 1945: U.S. Ready to Use A-Bomb -- Against Russians?

(267) Comments | Posted July 28, 2013 | 12:45 PM

Over the next two weeks here I will count down the days to the atomic bombing of Japan (August 6 and August 9, 1945), marking events from the same day in 1945. I've written hundreds of article and three books on the subject: Hiroshima in America (with Robert Jay Lifton),...

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Countdown to Hiroshima, for July 27, 1945: Japan Ignores Ultimatum

(21) Comments | Posted July 27, 2013 | 1:08 PM

Over the next two weeks here I will count down the days to the atomic bombing of Japan (August 6 and August 9, 1945), marking events from the same day in 1945. I've written hundreds of article and three books on the subject: Hiroshima in America (with Robert Jay Lifton),...

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Countdown to Hiroshima, X-Minus-11 Days: U.S. Orders Use of First Bomb

(44) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 12:15 PM

Over the next two weeks here I will count down the days to the atomic bombing of Japan (August 6 and August 9, 1945), marking events from the same day in 1945. I've written hundreds of article and three books on the subject: Hiroshima in America (with Robert Jay Lifton),...

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Iraq Revisited: Bill Keller Turns Hawk Again, This Time on Syria

(7) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 10:18 AM

Barely 10 years after George W. Bush's "Mission Accomplished" moment, other promoters of the Iraq disaster might feel like singing, "Hail, Hail, the Gang's All Here." Michael Gordon, Thomas Friedman, now Bill Keller. Paging Judy Miller! The New York Times in recent days on its front page and...

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When Harry Truman Got Actor Fired From MGM Epic

(11) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 11:25 AM

Earlier this week here I published an excerpt from my new book, Hollywood Bomb: The Unmaking of 'The Most Important' Movie Ever Made, on Ayn Rand writing a wildly pro-nuclear script for a studio racing with MGM to produce the first epic about the Bomb. Here's another excerpt,...

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Ayn Rand in Hollywood -- and Her Greatest Love Affair (With the Atomic Bomb)

(20) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 9:04 AM

It may surprise many to learn that, like many famous novelists, Ayn Rand had a period when she "went Hollywood." In 1943, Rand sold the rights for The Fountainhead to Warner Bros., and wrote the screenplay. She was then hired by top producer Hall Wallis as a writer, idea generator...

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