[This piece has been adapted from Adam Hochschild's new book, Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939.] “Merchants have no country,” wrote Thomas Jefferson in 1814. “The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.” The former president was... Read More
Go to war and every politician will thank you, and they’ll continue to do so -- with monuments and statues, war museums and military cemeteries -- long after you’re dead. But who thanks those who refused to fight, even in wars that most people later realized were tragic mistakes? Consider the 2003 invasion of Iraq,... Read More
Adam Hochschild is the Berkeley-based author of seven books, including Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves, a finalist for the National Book Award, King Leopold's Ghost, and To End All Wars.