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Thomas A. Bass
Thomas A. Bass is the author of The Eudaemonic Pie, Camping with the Prince, Reinventing the Future, Vietnamerica, The Predictors, and The Spy Who Loved Us. Cited by the Overseas Press Club for his foreign reporting, he is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, Wired, The New York Times, and other publications. He is a professor of English and Journalism at the State University of New York at Albany.

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Entries by Thomas A. Bass

The Holy Trinity of Technology

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 12:22 PM

Forty years after Richard Nixon's operatives broke into the Watergate Hotel, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein have returned to leaking tapes and exposing political scandals. This time the evidence documents an attempt by Rupert Murdoch to buy the U.S. presidency.

In case you missed the story -- which was...

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The Double Game of the U.S. Health Insurance Companies

(14) Comments | Posted June 1, 2012 | 12:30 PM

In the novels of doctor-turned-writer Robin Cook, health-insurance companies are so predatory that they not only charge outsized fees but also kill you. They engineer contagious epidemics to eliminate expensive customers. Profit is their sole motive, which Cook considers an outrageous betrayal of his medical oath. "I am...

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Strauss-Kahn and the Hostages

(2) Comments | Posted July 14, 2011 | 2:29 PM

Midday on Wednesday, June 29, France erupted in an "explosion of joy" on learning that Hervé Ghesquière and Stéphane Taponier had been released by the Taliban after 547 days in captivity. Reporters in Afghanistan for state-run television France 3, the two men were flown home the following day....

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The Paranoid Style in French Politics

(10) Comments | Posted June 14, 2011 | 4:55 PM

I have been living in Paris while witnessing momentous events, from revolutions in North Africa to earthquakes in Japan, but by far the biggest story for the French this year was the arrest on May 14 of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund, after being accused by a...

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Vietnam -- Still at War Thirty-Five Years Later

(24) Comments | Posted May 3, 2010 | 12:15 PM

As we commemorate the thirty-fifth anniversary of the fall--or is it the liberation?--of Saigon on April 30, 1975, the Vietnam war is again a hotly-contested issue. Today the skirmishes are being fought on the battlefield of our collective memory, and, surprisingly, the issue is just as contentious in Vietnam as...

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Torture ... Fifty Years of U.S. Practice

(9) Comments | Posted May 11, 2009 | 1:49 PM

Torture works. Hanging from the yardarm works. Disembowelment, rape, death by stoning, electroshock -- they all work at terrorizing people and extracting information. But what kind of information? Useful information, as Dick Cheney maintains? Or a babble of disinformation directed at God, America, Allah, or anyone else who can make...

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Derivatives: The Crystal Meth of Finance

(35) Comments | Posted May 5, 2009 | 3:15 PM

In May 2008, Warren Buffett, the great "value" investor from Omaha and America's second-richest man, announced on the eve of his annual shareholders' meeting that he had lost $1.6 billion in bad bets on derivatives. Most of this loss came from shorting put derivatives on Standard and Poor's Index of...

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