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“Gangsters of Capitalism” with Jonathan M. Katz

Sun June 5 @ 11:00 am EDT

Smedley Butler was the most celebrated war-fighter of his time. Bestselling books were written about him. Hollywood adored him. Wherever the flag went, the “Fighting Quaker” went in nearly every major overseas conflict from 1898 until the eve of World War II. Jonathan Myerson Katz traveled the world recreating Butler’s journeys. In doing so, Katz reveals how memories of U.S. imperialism remain a vital force shaping politics and culture across the globe. Gangsters of Capitalism: Smedley Butler, the Marines, and the Making and Breaking of America’s Empire tells an urgent story about a formative era most Americans have never learned about, but that the rest of the world cannot forget.

• Jonathan Myerson Katz received the James Foley/Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism for reporting from Haiti. His first book, The Big Truck That Went By, was shortlisted for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction and won the Overseas Press Club’s Cornelius Ryan Award, the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award, and the WOLA/Duke Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America. His work appears in the New York Times, Foreign Policy, and elsewhere. Katz was a New America national fellow in the Future of War program and received a fellowship from the Logan Nonfiction Program. He lives with his wife and daughter in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Music by David Roth


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