For the fourth year, Truthout is proud to offer our readers the Syracuse Cultural Workers’ Peace Calendar. Sustainably produced and full of dramatic imagery, this unique calendar will keep you inspired all year round.
From the Moral Mondays movement to the Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project, and from anti-drone activism to renewable energy alternatives, each month celebrates progressive values. This year's 14" x 11" wall calendar, titled “Sharing The River Of Life,” contains 200 people's history annotations, holidays for many faiths and lunar cycles including 13 native moons.
The ALL NEW Don't Think of an Elephant! Know Your Values and Frame the Debate
George Lakoff returns with his updated indispensable book on communicating moral values in politics. Howard Dean praises the new edition of Don't Think of an Elephant: "Buy this book, memorize it, and teach it to your children. Progressives may be smart, but we don't communicate our ideas well. This book is the blueprint for how to do better."
James Risen writes "a no-holds-barred tarring and feathering of the past 13 years of the U.S. national security system. At times frightening, Risen’s book is a strong reminder of the importance of a free press keeping a powerful government in check."
- William O’Connor, Daily Beast
Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better
From Maya Schenwar, Truthout's Editor-in-Chief, comes a hard-hitting and personal exploration of the enormous damage prison causes by severing millions of people from their families and communities - and the practical alternatives to incarceration that can create a safer, more just world.
"This book has the power to transform hearts and minds, opening us to new ways of imagining what justice can mean for individuals, families, communities, and our nation as a whole... I turned the last page feeling nothing less than inspired." - Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow
Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World
“In his regular, incisive, and often searing columns, Tom Engelhardt has uncovered layer after layer of deceit, fraud, and distortion to reveal to us harsh truths about power and its exercise that we must comprehend, and resist, and reverse, if there is to be any hope of decent survival. Shadow Government is essential reading.” - Noam Chomsky
According to Michelle Alexander (author of The New Jim Crow), Cornel West's Black Prophetic Fire is "a fascinating exploration of the black prophetic genius and fire of Douglass, Du Bois, King, Ella Baker, Malcolm X, and Ida B. Wells, this book reminds us what true leadership, sacrifice, and courageous, inspirational truth-telling looks like and why it is so urgently needed in the quest for justice today."
#NEWSFAIL: Climate Change, Feminism, Gun Control, and Other Fun Stuff We Talk About Because Nobody Else Will
"Jamie Kilstein and Allison Kilkenny are a modern day social justice, non-violent, vegan, punk, anti-war, feminist Bonnie and Clyde. Their weapons are simple: the pen, the airwaves, and a searing sense of humor. Their targets are the rich, the powerful, corporate media barons and basically any major league assholes."
- Jeremy Scahill, Academy Award nominee and author of Blackwater and Dirty Wars
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"With incisive style and scrupulous attention to documentation and detail, Ali Abunimah's new book offers a complex portrait, from every angle, of the Palestinian struggle for justice today." - Rebecca Vilkomerson, Executive Director, Jewish Voice for Peace
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate
Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything is "the best book about climate change in a very long time - in large part because it's about much more," says Bill McKibben. "It sets the most important crisis in human history in the context of our other ongoing traumas, reminding us just how much the powers-that-be depend on the power of coal, gas and oil. And that in turn should give us hope, because it means the fight for a just world is the same as the fight for a livable one." - Bill McKibben
"Through his extensive historical research, Andreas shows us that illicit trade in America is not an aberration but has in fact shaped the modern economy in fundamental ways. An extraordinary re-narrating of familiar episodes that makes visible America's hidden connections with underworlds and parallel worlds." - Saskia Sassen, author of Territory, Authority, Rights
No Good Men Among the Living: America, The Taliban and the War Through Afghan Eyes
“A brilliant, incisive work of storytelling and analysis. Of all the recent books on Afghanistan, this one stands out like a bright shining light, revealing the truth of the war from the ground up. Breathtaking and magnificent, this is a must read.” - Ahmed Rashid, author of Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia
"Gareth Porter is among the last of that rare breed-- the independent investigative journalist who brings to bear long experience in foreign policy reporting with a keen and critical eye for K Street propaganda. He is essential." - Juan Cole
"I thought I would read The Burglary for a few minutes while I waited for my plane to take off. Six hours later my eyes had not left the pages. I continued to read in the cab, but the driver forced me to turn off the light. It is astonishingly good, marvelously written. It is the best book I've read about either the antiwar movement or Hoover's FBI. It's a masterpiece." - Dan Ellsberg
"As Blumenthal reveals, Israel has become a country where right-wing leaders like Avigdor Lieberman and Bibi Netanyahu are sacrificing democracy on the altar of their power politics; where the loyal opposition largely and passively stands aside and watches the organized assault on civil liberties; where state-funded Orthodox rabbis publish books that provide instructions on how and when to kill Gentiles; where half of Jewish youth declare their refusal to sit in a classroom with an Arab; and where mob violence targets Palestinians and African asylum seekers scapegoated by leading government officials as 'demographic threats.'" - The Nation
“What separates Chomsky’s book from other immigration analyses is its sweep; rooted in hard data and diligent research, Undocumented soars intellectually . . . [and] should be a catalyst to let the deeper and high thinking begin.” - Ms. Magazine
"For most of the planet, the specter of global warming is ominous, but as journalist Funk reveals in this startling book, there are those who view the Earth's dangerous meltdown as a golden opportunity...Funk's original, forthright take on this little-discussed profit-taking trend in the climate change sweepstakes is very unsettling." - Publisher's Weekly
A regretful Robert Reich laments that he could not assert a greater influence on US labor policy in this strong explanatory documentary of how working class America saw its earnings redistributed upward to the already wealthy. A combination of snappy and easy to understand charts and an entertaining, knowledgeable Reich make this film a succinct explanation of where the US went wrong in going neo-liberal. As a member of the Clinton Administration (secretary of labor), Reich is almost tearful at one point about how wrong it all went.
"In this powerful collection of essays, education activist and historian Mark Naison offers teachers, parents, students, and anyone else concerned with the health of public schools in this country some invaluable tools in the fight against corporate education reform. Badass Teachers Unite is a clarion call for all of us to reclaim public education in the name of social justice." - Wayne Au, Editor, Rethinking Schools, co-editor, Pencils Down: Rethinking High-Stakes Testing and Accountability in Public Schools
"Here is story-telling that is unique, refreshing, and revealing, and the Nelson Mandela who emerges—more nuanced than I ever understood and even more admirable—is someone you will want to know. You will be both surprised by Mandela’s profoundly complex personality and grateful for Danny Schechter’s creative journalism."- Bill Moyers
"Despite years of feminism and such activist groups as Women Strike for Peace, much of the female population in the world is often powerless, forced to remain voiceless and subjugated to acts of extreme violence in the home, on school campuses and anywhere men deem they should dominate… The few women who do stand up and shout to the world are the exception, not the rule, and Solnit provides a platform and a voice for them and the thousands who are too overwhelmed by fear and guilt to speak up." - Kirkus Reviews
Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth Is Plundering the Planet
"The easy mineral resources, the least expensive to extract and process, have been mostly exploited and depleted. There are plenty of minerals left to extract, but at higher costs and with increasing difficulties. The effects of depletion take different forms and one may be the economic crisis that is gripping the world system. And depletion is not the only problem. Mining has a dark side - pollution - that takes many forms and delivers many consequences, including climate change." - Chelsea Green Press
"Frightening, gripping and inspiring...Northup's story seems almost biblical, structured as it is as a descent and resurrection narrative of a protagonist who, like Christ, was 33 at the time of his abduction...Northup reminds us of the fragile nature of freedom in any human society and the harsh reality that whatever legal boundaries existed between so-called free states and slave states in 1841, no black man, woman or child was permanently safe." - Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Editor of Penguin Edition
Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security
"Todd Miller's invaluable and gripping book, Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security is the story of how this country's borders are being transformed into up-armored, heavily militarized zones run by a border-industrial complex. It's an achievement and an eye opener." - Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch
"I don't think anyone can read this book without being alarmed by the growing presence of surveillance, the expense and the apparent acceptance by our fellow citizens of this new national police force." - Charles Bowden, author of Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy's New Killing Fields
No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State
"In May 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet an anonymous source who claimed to have astonishing evidence of pervasive government spying and insisted on communicating only through heavily encrypted channels. That source turned out to be the 29-year-old NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Now for the first time, Greenwald fits all the pieces together, recounting his high-intensity ten-day trip to Hong Kong, examining the broader implications of the surveillance detailed in his reporting for The Guardian, and revealing fresh information on the NSA’s unprecedented abuse of power with never-before-seen documents entrusted to him by Snowden himself. Coming at a landmark moment in American history, No Place to Hide is a fearless, incisive, and essential contribution to our understanding of the U.S. surveillance state." - Metropolitan Books
Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia
"Through personal narratives and qualitative empirical studies, more than 40 authors expose the daunting challenges faced by academic women of color as they navigate the often hostile terrain of higher education... The narratives are filled with wit, wisdom, and concrete recommendations, and provide a window into the struggles of professional women in a racially stratified but increasingly multicultural America." - Utah State University Press
Bill Ayers, a distinguished professor of education, was turned into a terrorist caricature by the Republicans seeking to defeat Obama. But Ayers was being vilified for his dissent and outspokeness, values that are basic to American democracy.
Mayor 1%: Rahm Emanuel & the Rise of Chicago's 99%
"I urge everyone to read Lydersen's book. Over the last few months, many Chicagoans have told me they didn't realize who they were voting for when they cast a ballot for Emanuel. Thanks to Lydersen, they'll have no excuse in 2015." - Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader
"A meticulous dossier of the mayor's privatization deals and other achievements at the head of the rightmost flank of the Democratic Party." - Micah Uetricht, Salon
"West of Memphis is a scrupulous examination of the conviction of three small-town Arkansas teenagers for the brutal murder of three small boys in 1993. The evidence was flimsy and contrived, the confessions extracted under duress, the social prejudice palpable and perjury rife. The prevaricating Arkansas authorities were at best pigheadedly cynical, at worst criminally conspiratorial, and the movie is a shocking indictment of the American criminal justice system." - Guardian UK
"Combining evocative personal narratives with penetrating geopolitical analysis, this compelling book vividly reveals the devastating effects on Mexico of the global class war of the past decades and their impact on the United States. Perhaps the most striking demand of the victims is 'the right to not migrate,' the right to live with dignity and hope, bitterly attacked under the neoliberal version of globalization." - Noam Chomsky
"[A] searing expose...Abramsky's is a challenging indictment of an economy in which poverty and inequality at the bottom see like the foundation for prosperity at the top." - Publishers Weekly, (starred reviews)
"Sasha Abramsky takes us deep into the long dark night of poverty in America, and it's a harrowing trip. His research and remarkable insights have resulted in a book that is stunning in its intensity." - Bob Herbert, Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos and former Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times
"A Dream Foreclosed is a powerful combination of riveting stories about four defrauded families and their fight back together with the broader documentation of Wall Street's corporate crimes that crashed the economy. Laura Gottesdiener, a veteran of Occupy Wall Street, has the acute eye and pen of a young progressive star with extraordinary talent. Her pages should grip you with motivational indignation." - Ralph Nader
“True to her style, [Angelou’s] writing cuts to the chase with compression and simplicity, and there in the background is a calypso smoothness, flurries and showers of musicality between the moments of wickedness. . . . A tightly strung, finely tuned memoir about life with her mother.” - Kirkus Reviews
“Mom & Me & Mom is delivered with Angelou’s trademark good humor and fierce optimism. If any resentments linger between these lines, if lives are partially revealed without all the bitter details exposed, well, that is part of Angelou’s forgiving design. As an account of reconciliation, this little book is just revealing enough, and pretty irresistible.” - The Washington Post
"This book will get you fired up! David Gumpert makes an eloquent case for the importance of food rights and documents the actions of government regulators against small farms and buyers clubs. These infuriating stories are woven together and contextualized by Gumpert's insightful legal and political analysis. For anyone interested in reclaiming food, this book shows you that you are part of a larger political struggle." - Sandor Ellix Katz, author of The Art of Fermentation, The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved, and Wild Fermentation
"Fine has written a well-researched book that uses the clever tactic of making the moral case for ending marijuana prohibition by burying it inside the economic case." - Bill Maher in The New York Times Book Review
"Fine examines how the American people have borne the massive economic and social expenditures of the failed Drug War, which is 'as unconscionably wrong for America as segregation and DDT.' A captivating, solidly documented work rendered with wit and humor." - Kirkus
"A compelling and powerfully written memoir about identity and coming of age...If the outlines of Justice Sotomayor's life are well known by now, her searching and emotionally intimate memoir, My Beloved World, nonetheless has the power to surprise and move the reader...This account of her life is revealing, keenly observed and deeply felt...This insightful memoir underscores just how well Justice Sotomayor mastered the art of narrative. It's an eloquent and affecting testament to the triumph of brains and hard work over circumstance, of a childhood dream realized through extraordinary will and dedication." - Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"With this book, John Nichols and Bob McChesney invite Americans to examine the challenges facing America in new ways, and to fully recognize the threat that the combination of big money and big media poses to the promise of self-government. They paint a daunting picture, rich in detail based on intense reporting and groundbreaking research. But they do no offer us a pessimistic take. Rather, they call us, as Tom Paine did more than two centuries ago, to turn knowledge into power. And they tell us that we can and must respond to our contemporary challenges as a nation by rejecting the Dollarocracy and renewing our commitment to democracy." - United States Senator Bernie Sanders
"What is the meaning of freedom? Angela Y. Davis' life and work have been dedicated to examining this fundamental question and to ending all forms of oppression that deny people their political, cultural, and sexual freedom. In this collection of twelve searing, previously unpublished speeches, Davis confronts the interconnected issues of power, race, gender, class, incarceration, conservatism, and the ongoing need for social change in the United States. With her characteristic brilliance, historical insight, and penetrating analysis, Davis addresses examples of institutional injustice and explores the radical notion of freedom as a collective striving for real democracy - not a thing granted by the state, law, proclamation, or policy, but a participatory social process, rooted in difficult dialogues, that demands new ways of thinking and being."
“A hard-hitting attack on current drug policy by…a neuroscientist who grew up on the streets of one of Miami’s toughest neighborhoods…An eye-opening, absorbing, complex story of scientific achievement in the face of overwhelming odds” - Kirkus Reviews (starred)
"A tremendously disturbing and important book about the devastating increase in our prison population...The questions that it poses call for answers that too few of those in power have been brave enough to give." - Jonathan Kozol on the original Race to Incarcerate
"Explains why prisoners have become commodities and why present policies are draining black communities of their young men." - Julian Bond
"An important book. The numbers tell a shocking story." - The San Diego Union-Tribune
"Once again, McChesney stands at the crossroads of media dysfunction and the denial of democracy, illuminating the complex issues involved and identifying a path forward to try to repair the damage. Here's hoping the rest of us have the good sense to listen this time." - Eric Alterman, professor of English and journalism, Brooklyn College, CUNY
"A provocative and far-reaching account of how capitalism has shaped the Internet in the United States. . . . a valuable addition to the literature on the digital age." - Kirkus Reviews
"Robert McChesney is one of the nation’s most important analysts of the media." -Howard Zinn
"Through a gripping narrative that combines plenty of factual data with compelling storytelling, Diaz makes the convincing case that the gun industry is knowingly trading American lives for profits…After the tragedy of Newtown, if you are going to read one book to understand the current political fight in Washington, this is it." - Joshua Horwitz, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
"In his eminently readable style, mixing science and anecdote, Diaz shows how our leaders have created gun policies that are good for the gun industry but horrific for our nation. He also describes solutions worthy of the name. What a timely book!" - David Hemenway, Professor of Health Policy, Harvard
Al Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives four times and the U.S. Senate twice. He served eight years as vice president. He authored the bestsellers Earth in the Balance, An Inconvenient Truth, The Assault on Reason, and Our Choice. He is a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
“This is a great book. From political policy and economics to science and the most thorny ethical issues, Al Gore has stated the human condition and the issues we face forthrightly, fearlessly, and in easily understood language—and has said what must be done. I asked myself halfway through who else could have written a book of this magnitude. The only answer I could imagine was Jefferson.” - E. O. Wilson, Harvard University, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize
In his new book, Power Systems, Noam Chomsky discusses the hope offered by global uprisings and the new challenges to US empire. Chomsky, in conversation with David Barsamian, takes on the harsh realities of consolidated elite centers of power, along with the possibilities for change through grassroots movements. Is there the possibility that the US and world might finally veer toward the arc of justice? "It's not going to be easy," Chomsky warns, "it never is. But you can make a difference. You just have to find your own way."
Shunted to the side by discussion of economic issues in America, this book by Gar Smith details how the United States government and many other nations are still playing a game of roulette with the world's most dangerous energy source Smith debunks the propaganda of the nuke industry and its political supporters and lays out the grim risk we take with dependence on nuclear generated energy.
It's the hot-off-the-presses latest publication of intrepid investigative sleuth Greg Palast. With an introduction by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Palast's proof of GOP efforts to steal the vote and his on-site research into the role of the plutocrats in mugging democracy is as lively and absorbing as a Raymond Chandler novel - except that Palast is dishing up truth, not fiction. Billionaires & Ballot Bandits includes a "Tales From the Crypt of Democracy" cartoon feature by the irreverent illustrator and writer Ted Rall, and comes with a free "Why We Occupy" DVD compendium, including a Palast talk, comedian Lee Camp’s Moment of Clarity riff, and footage exposing corporate and political parasites.
If you are wondering why the Arizona legislature has appeared to turn into a Tea Party version of the Ku Klux Klan, the remarkable documentary Precious Knowledge: Arizona's Battle Over Ethnic Studies provides an invaluable insight into why.
In Precious Knowledge this battle for the nation's future plays out in the state's now successful effort to ban Mexican-American studies, specifically in Tucson. While Mexican-American young people comprise the vast majority of public school students in Tucson, a couple of opportunistic politicians decided that teaching Mexican-American heritage and culture was threatening to the white power structure – although they state their objections in more euphemistic terms, such the curriculum is "Anti-American."
For many years Tim Wise has been writing and lecturing about the assumption of white privilege in the United States and its impact on a growing racial anxiety. In his current book, he directly confronts the highly visible racial animosity evident in the US, as the white population faces a demographic trend that will leave them a minority in America.
In his book length appeal to White America, Wise appeals to the need for our nation to move forward, not backward to a yearning for a white government power structure. "We can continue to hold on to a fictional, nostalgic, past," Wise writes in the book, "longing for a return to it, and unable to embrace the changes that are as inevitable as the coming of our new day's sun....We cannot hold onto the old ways and move into the future at the same time."
"Activist extraordinaire Medea Benjamin has documented how the U.S. government’s use of drones to murder hundreds of innocent civilians in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen has increased the danger to our national security. Benjamin’s Drone Warfare is the first book that reveals the vocal international citizen opposition that challenges the legality and morality of America’s extrajudicial execution drones before they kill here at home."
- Ann Wright, U.S. Army colonel (ret.) and former deputy chief of mission for U.S. embassies in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and elsewhere
Bonsai People is an emotionally compelling documentary film that explores the work and vision of Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus.
Yunus pioneered microcredit, the innovative banking program that provides poor people - mainly women - with small loans they use to launch businesses and lift their families out of poverty. In the past thirty years, microcredit has spread to every continent and benefited over 100 million families. His bank currently lends to one out of every 1,000 people on earth and with a 98% rate of return - unheard of in the financial world.
Now, Yunus goes beyond microcredit to pioneer the idea of social business. Bonsai People shows how Yunus - in partnership with some of the world’s most visionary businesses - is launching purposely designed social ventures.
Author Nir Rosen writes of The Imperial Messenger that it is a "long overdue takedown of a dangerous fraud...an antidote for those suffering from admiration of Friedman and a palliative for those of us who have had aneurysms in reaction to his every latest bloviation."
The late internationally noted Professor Edward Said said of Friedman: "It is not just the comic philistinism of Friedman's ideas that I find so remarkably jejune, or his sassy and unbeguiling manner… It is rather the special combination of disarming incoherence and unearned egoism that gives him his cockily alarming plausibility—qualities that may explain [From Beirut to Jerusalem]'s startling commercial success. It's as if… what scholars, poets, historians, fighters, and statesmen have done is not as important or as central as what Friedman himself thinks."
The breadth of Hartmann's knowledge and wisdom is wide and deep. He writes with prescience about the end of the age of fossil fuels and with unique insight about Jeffersonian democracy. He is equally at home debunking the notion of corporate personhood as he is with recommendations for positive, nurturing child-rearing. If you have only experienced Hartmann by listening to him on the radio or watching him on television, this is an excellent anthology that will introduce you to Thom Hartmann as a modern author of groundbreaking analysis and solutions. Hartmann brings age-of-enlightenment reasoning to bear upon our modern times.
"No, the US government's sanctioning of torture didn't start with the Iraq War, as Marjorie Cohn - a law professor and past president of the National Lawyer's Guild - proves in this important anthology. As the NYU Press notes: 'The United States and Torture opens with a compelling preface by Sister Dianna Ortiz, who describes the unimaginable treatment she endured in Guatemala in 1987 at the hands of the the Guatemalan government, which was supported by the United States. Following Ortiz's preface, an interdisciplinary panel of experts offers one of the most comprehensive examinations of torture to date, beginning with the Cold War era and ending with today's debate over accountability for torture."
Due to endless human appetites, huge factory ships are now depleting the number of fish in the ocean, which is also experiencing the adverse effects of global warming. The net result is that by 2050, we may no longer have a supply of edible fish from our seas. "Overfishing is the great environmental disaster that people haven't heard about," said the documentary's producer George Duffield. This is not merely an indictment of mercenary corporate fishing, it also exposes how consumers choose to ignore the impact of eating endangered fish.
A monumentally important documentary about the power of moral authority to prevail against the KKK, racist elected officials, and even the reluctance of the Kennedy brothers to stir up what was then the Democratic (albeit segregationist) South.
Freedom Riders tells a complex political story about a simple goal: desegregating interstate buses and bus stations in the deep South.
In the end, after horrifying violence and imprisonment that affected around 400 Freedom Rider volunteers from across America, Robert F. Kennedy (on behalf of the president) relented and implemented a regulation that banned segregation on interstate bus lines and in bus station waiting rooms. Anyone who wants to see how a relatively small group of committed people can force the president of the United States to take a stand on behalf of justice should see this documentary.
If you believe that corporations should not have the same rights as people - if you are appalled by the 2010 Citizens United decision - then this is the book for you. Thom Hartmann wrote this prescient book, now updated, about the threat posed to democracy by granting corporations the rights enjoyed by citizens of the United States. With extensive research and a sense for the nuances of legal history, Hartmann skillfully traces how big business legally bullied its way into receiving rights reserved in the Constitution for humans, not institutions.
Will Bunch, the author of the brilliant Reagan biography, Tear Down This Myth, has done it again. His latest book, Backlash: Right-Wing Radicals, High-Def Hucksters, and Paranoid Politics in the Age of Obama, is an extraordinarily readable, vividly real-to-life and broad-in-scope view of the Tea Party movement - this book could have been a movie. Bunch's writing style is so evocative that he brings every sense - sight, smell, sound etc. - to Tea Party movement and activities all across the United States, bringing to life in all its insane glory this bizarre, right-wing phenomenon sweeping our nation.
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