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North Dakota’s Gold Rush: A Memoir About the Fracking Boom

A new book chronicles the stories of sometimes broken, often desperate men who ventured to the northern plains in service of an industry that exemplifies late-stage capitalism.

By Clay S. Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  April 4, 2021
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The Promises and Pitfalls of a Modern-Day Boomtown

A decade ago, Williston, N.D., became a magnet for desperate men, thanks to oil in the Bakken Formation. In an interview, author Michael Smith talks about life in an oil patch and the human cost of fueling the nation.

By Clay S. Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  April 2, 2021
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From Wounded Knee to Pipeline Access, the Lakota’s Enduring Power

The recent Senate confirmation of the first Indigenous American, Deb Haaland, to lead a Cabinet department gives us reason to rethink our assumptions about First Nations’ relationship to power. A new book can help.

By Clay S. Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  March 28, 2021
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Living Through the Pandemic: A Review One Year Later

The author of a new book on the coronavirus discusses how political expediency and an immature public have impaired America’s ability to meet the challenges and what we have learned as a country and what we have not.

By Clay S. Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  March 16, 2021
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Guy Fawkes and the Plot to Blow Up the United States Capitol

The preparations for President Biden’s as-yet-unscheduled State of the Union address are haunted by a 400-year-old conspiracy to decapitate the British government. What can we learn from the Gunpowder Plot?

By Clay S. Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  March 5, 2021
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Donald Trump Has Earned Membership in the President’s Club, the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity. What Does It Mean?

When a president leaves the White House, he enters one of the most elite clubs. A book by two of America’s leading journalists looks at what binds these individuals together, given their personalities and politics.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  February 26, 2021
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Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: A Tale of Two Revolutions

The printing press and social media democratized communication in their respective times. They both turned the order of things on its head — for good, for ill, and forever.

By Clay S. Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  February 19, 2021
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The Double Edge of Our Digital Revolution

The COVID-19 pandemic reinforced how central technology is to modern life, but perhaps we are losing something.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  February 5, 2021
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The Year Another Capitol Siege Almost Took Place on the Hill

In 1800, the country struggled to survive its first transition of power between John Adams, America’s first one-term president, and Thomas Jefferson, thanks to political intrigue, chaos and panic.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  January 8, 2021
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The Bill of Rights, Federalism and the Struggles of a United America

With incoming President Joe Biden pledging to unify the country, author David French talks about the nation’s current divide, whether the country is in decline and the prospects for a lasting union.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  January 6, 2021
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Presidential Transitions and the Vagaries of America’s History

Transfers of power, a hallmark of our constitutional system, often come with shocks to the system. Trump’s refusal to concede may seem unprecedented, but it’s not the first time this has happened.

By Clay S. Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  December 21, 2020
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