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Adam is a writer and was one of the cofounders of Mother Jones. He is the author of eight books: Half the Way Home: a Memoir of Father and Son; The Mirror at Midnight: a South African Journey; The Unquiet Ghost: Russians Remember Stalin; Finding the Trapdoor: Essays, Portraits, Travels; King Leopold's Ghost: a Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa; Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves; To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918, and Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939. In 1997-98, he spent five months as a Fulbright lecturer in India. He currently teaches a writing class at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California-Berkeley.