Gabriel Kolko, born in 1932, studied as an undergraduate in small universities in and around Akron, Ohio, working in rubber factories and various odd manual jobs. He went to graduate schools, studying philosophy, the history of ideas, then sociology, ending as a historian--getting his doctorate in 1962 from Harvard. He has written innumerable articles, published in tiny movement periodicals, the New York Times, and often in Le Monde Diplomatique.
As an activist, in 1968 he presented the major historical survey of American policy in Vietnam to the Bertrand Russell War Crimes Tribunal—he had earlier exposed the American use of rice defoliants in Vietnam. He has written books on US policy during World War Two, the war in Vietnam (where he went seven times, including being in Hue, South Vietnam when the war ended), the contours of all modern American history, US interventions in the Third World, ending, ultimately, with social theory and post-socialist ways of continuing the anti-capitalist tradition—AFTER SOCIALISM.
Gabriel Kolko has never been a Bolshevik or even a Marxist. Rather, he is an independent radical who believes capitalism is not a rational way to organize modern civilization and is committed to integrity and reason as the only basis for a post-socialist theory.
His latest book, published in April 2009 with Pluto Press, is WORLD IN CRISIS.