It feels like the world has gone insane.

Wars are multiplying, ice caps are melting, fascists are on the march, and the president is an unrepentant criminal. Sometimes you just want to wrap yourself in a good story.

What if one of those stories helped you understand how the world got to be this way—or pointed to a way out? What if there was a place that took reality as seriously as you do—never sugarcoating, never blinking—and combined the latest news with deep history to find the patterns, context, and stories to navigate these wild times?

Welcome to The Long Version

The Long Version is a brand-new newsletter by a longtime writer for the New York Times, Associated Press, Slate, the Atlantic, and other publications. I’ve spent two decades honing a blend of hard-edged investigative reporting with historical analysis.

Each week I’ll give you insights on foreign policy, national politics, conflict, climate, and disaster. You’ll get the backstory others missed, the details they didn’t bother to look for, and analysis you won’t get anywhere else.

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Who am I?

I’m Jonathan M. Katz. You might know me on Twitter as @KatzOnEarth. I’m a regular contributor to lots of publications, especially the New York Times, covering world and national affairs. For the first half of my career I broke news around the world as a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press.

My first book, The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster, was a PEN Literary Award finalist and won the Overseas Press Club of America’s award for the year’s best book on international affairs. I’m a currently an ASU Future of War Fellow at New America and direct the Media & Journalism Initiative at Duke University’s John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute.

I’m also hard at work on Gangsters of Capitalism, a new book about Gen. Smedley Butler and the Marines who created America’s empire, coming soon from St. Martin’s Press.

You can read more about my work here.

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But all this work takes time and money. For those of you who value the on-the-ground reporting and in-depth analysis, and who want to be a deeper part of the community, please consider a full subscription.

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Why The Long Version?

Because you think stories are more interesting, truer, and more fun, told from the beginning.

Because you want to be a part of a new wave of independent journalism, without fear or favor.

Because you’re interested in the world and weren’t born yesterday.