by Nancy J. Altman
In the chaotic aftermath of September 11th, millions of Americans reached into their pockets to contribute to the red Cross and other charitable organizations assisting victims' families. But the most immediate, sustained, and generous support came from Social Security.
All serious newshounds know that there are many important stories that are simply too scandalous, too risque, or too dangerous for so-called reputable news sources to print. Devoted truth-seekers have always been able to turn to the Weekly World News.
Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed explored the lives of low-wage workers. Now, in Bait and Switch, she enters another hidden realm of the economy: the shadowy world of the white-collared unemployed.
Without question, Saudi Arabian oil fields provide the rest of the world with its most plentiful, low-cost oil resource. The question is how long can they continue to keep these critical pipelines open. Twilight in the Desert answers that question with keen examination instead of unsubstantiated posturing.