Book: The Devil's Chessboard - Allen Dulles, the CIA and the Rise of America's Secret Government
by David Talbot • Hardcover • October 2015 • 620 pages
From the founder of Salon and the author of the New York Times bestseller Brothers, an explosive, headline-making portrait of Allen Dulles, the man who transformed the CIA into the most powerful—and secretive—colossus in Washington.
America's greatest untold story: the United States' rise to world dominance under the guile of Allen Welsh Dulles, the longest-serving director of the CIA. Drawing on revelatory new materials—including recently discovered U.S. government documents, U.S. and European intelligence sources, the personal correspondence and journals of Allen Dulles's wife and mistress, and exclusive interviews with the children of prominent CIA officials—David Talbot reveals the underside of one of America's most towering and influential figures.
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Book: The Fight for Peace: A History of Antiwar Movements in America
Ted Gottfried • 136 pages • 2006
Reinforced sturdy library binding • A book to donate to your local elementary, middle, high school or public library, in this era of tight budgets for public education. Reading level: Grade 7; Interest range: Grades 5 - 12.
There is no other book specifically on this subject avaiable for young and teen readers.
"A readable, engaging resource for reports that will also appeal to general readers." – Starred, Booklist
• "A well-organized, well-documented resource." – School Library Journal
Throughout U.S. history. antiwar activists have gathered and lobbied to prevent armed conflict. Often their work put them at odds with the majority population. Sometimes their antiwar positions gave their opponents reason to question the activist' loyalty to the U.S.
THE FIGHT FOR PEACE traces the work of antiwar activists from the Revoluionary War (1776-1783) to the conflict in Iraq in the 2000's. This book shines light on the U.S. peace movements and organizations that developed in the 1800's, as well as the international pacifist groups that bucked the majority in the 1900's. No other books present this history (besides Howard Zinn's classic 1980 "A People's History of the United States") The book also gives voice to those who argue that some causes are worth fighting for. In so doing, The Fight For Peace makes us face the ongoing tension between those who fight wars and those who fight to preserve peace.
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Book: Sophie Scholl & The White Rose
– Jud Newborn & Annette Dumbach • 256 pages • 2006 • 7 COPIES AVAILABLE • This book is OUT-OF-PRINT.
"Nothing is so unworthy of a civilized nation as allowing itself to be governed, without opposition, by an irresponsible clique that has yielded to base instinct." So wrote the White Rose, a group of ardent young activists inside Nazi Germany who opposed the reign of fascism in their country during the early 1940's.
• "The animated narrative reads like a suspense novel." – N.Y. Times
• "Inspiring - and could not be more timely." – Studs Terkel
• "Superbly written" – Library Journal
• "Heart-wrenching and inspiring...a story few readers will forget." – San Francisco Chronicle
• "Could change your life forever." – Dayton (Ohio) Daily News
• "A must for anyone – especially young people – to read." – Evelyn Rubin, author of Ghetto Shanghai
• "This is an impressive, highly readable and beautifully researched account of two brave German youths and their comrades who rejected Hitler's demonic vision and fought to open their countrymen's eyes to the horrors that lay ahead – at the cost of their lives ...This book drives home the high cost of courage in a world gone mad, and the brilliant light these brave young people shone into the dark night of Nazi Germany." – Susan Rubinowitz, political reporter, New York
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Book: National Security & Double Government
by Michael Glennon • Oxford University Press • 272 pages • Hard cover • 2015
• "This work is of huge importance. It explains the phenomenon that myself and many other informed voters have seen - namely - how the policies of the United States government seem impervious to change no matter the flavor of administration. I found myself baffled and chagrined that President Obama, who I cheerfully voted for twice (and still would prefer over the alternatives) failed to end many of the practices that I abhor, such as the free reign of the NSA, the continual increase in defense budgets and the willingness to keep laws that are clearly against the wishes of the vast majority of Americans, be they Progressives or otherwise." – Tom Hunter
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Book: Rethinking Columbus
by Bill Bigelow & Bob Peterson • 2003 • 192 pages * 8.5" x 11"
Why rethink Christopher Columbus? Because the Columbus myth is a foundation of children's beliefs about society. Columbus is often a child's first lesson about encounters between different cultures and races. The murky legend of a brave adventurer tells children whose version of history to accept, and whose to ignore. It says nothing about the brutality of the European invasion of North America. We need to listen to a wider range of voices. We need to hear from those whose lands and rights were taken away by those who "discovered" them. Their stories, too often suppressed, tell of 500 years of courageous struggle, and the lasting wisdom of native peoples. Understanding what really happened to them in 1492 is key to understanding why people suffer the same injustices today. More than 80 essays, poems, interviews, historical vignettes, and lesson plans reevaluate the myth of Columbus and issues of indigenous rights. Rethinking Columbus is packed with useful teaching ideas for kindergarten through college.
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Book: Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez
by Kathleen Krull. Illustrated by Yuyi Morales. Hardcover.
Cesar Chavez is known as one of America's greatest civil rights leaders. When he led a 340-mile peaceful protest march through California, he ignited a cause and improved the lives of thousands of migrant farmworkers. But Cesar wasn't always a leader. As a boy, he was shy and teased at school. His family slaved in the fields for barely enough money to survive.
Cesar knew things had to change, and he thought that--maybe--he could help change them. So he took charge. He spoke up. And an entire country listened.
This beautifully illustrated book is recommended for ages 6-9
Cosechando esperanza: La historia de César Chávez (paperback)
This Spanish-language edition of the award-winning "Harvesting Hope" tells the story of Hispanic civil rights leader Csar Chavez.
by Kathleen Krull, Yuyi Morales, F. Isabel Campoy (Translator), Alma Flor Ada (Translator). Paperback.
Cesar Chavez is known as one of America's greatest civil rights leaders. When he led a 340-mile peaceful protest march through California, he ignited a cause and improved the lives of thousands of migrant farmworkers. But Cesar wasn't always a leader. As a boy, he was shy and teased at school. His family slaved in the fields for barely enough money to survive.
Cesar knew things had to change, and he thought that--maybe--he could help change them. So he took charge. He spoke up. And an entire country listened.
This beautifully illustrated book is recommended for ages 6-9.
Book: A Young People's History of the United States
by Howard Zinn with Rebecca Stefoff • 2007 •234 pages • paperback
Originally published as two volumes, it is now in one book. The Young Adult edition of Zinn's classic telling of U.S. history. It brings the viewpoints of workers, slaves, immigrants, women, Native Americans and others whose stories and their impact, are rarely included in history books.
• "A brilliant and moving history of the American people." - Library Journal
• "One of THE most important books I have ever read in a long life of reading... a book that should be read by every American, student or otherwise, who wants...more." – Howard Fast
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Book: Why We Teach
by Sonia Nieta
These teachers listen closely to their students. They share in their students' struggles and successes. They create a classroom climate that encourages growth, direction, and purpose. They help students develop into thoughtful, engaged citizens. The teachers in this book show us the kinds of learning that really matter, and the kinds of lessons that students can take with them for their entire lives.
Book: A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present
by Howard Zinn • 729 pages • Paperback • Revised & updated (2014)
"Zinn has written a brilliant and moving history of the American people from the point of view of those who have been exploited politically and economically and whose plights has been largely omitted from most histories. Extending its coverage...the book is an excellent antidote to established history. Seldom have quotations been so effectively used; the stories of blacks, women, Indians, and poor laborers of all nationalities are told in their own words. While the book is precise enough th please specialists it should satisfy any adult reader." Library Journal
If your last serious read of American history was in high school - or even in a standard college course - you'll want to read this amazing account of America as seen throuigh the eyes of its working people, women and minorities.
Book: The Spitting Image
Myth, Memory, and the Legacy of Vietnam. By Jerry Lembcke. 216 pages.
"The image is ingrained: A Vietnam veteran, arriving home from the war, gets off a plane only to be greeted by an angry mob of antiwar protesters yelling, 'Murderer!' and 'Baby killer!' Then out of the crowd comes someone who spits in the veteran's face. The only problem, according to Jerry Lembcke, is that no such incident ever has been documented. It is instead, says Lembcke, a kind of urban myth that reflects our lingering national confusion over the war." --Los Angeles Times
Lembcke builds a compelling case against collective memory by demonstrating that rememberances of Vietnam were almost at direct odds with circumstantial evidence." --San Francisco Chronicle
"The myth of the spat-upon veteran is not only bad history, but it has been instrumental in selling the American public on bad policy." --Maurice Isserman, Chicago Tribune
Book: 101 Changemakers
8.5" x 11" • Hardcover • 2013 • 215 pages • Edited by Michelle Bollinger & Dao X. Tran * Haymarket Books • History, Middle School reference
In the great tradition of Howard Zinn, 101 Changemakers offers a “peoples’ history” version of the individuals who have shaped our country for middle school students. In the place of founding fathers, presidents, and titans of industry, are profiles of those who courageously fought for social justice in America: Tecumseh, Harriet Tubman, Mark Twain, César Chávez, Rachel Carson, Harvey Milk, Henry Wallace, and many more. 101 Changemakers aims to provide young students with new ways of understanding how history is written and made.
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Book: Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong (Revised, Updated 2008 edition)
High school students hate history. When they list their favorite subjects, history always comes in last. They consider it the most irrelevant of twenty-one school subjects; bo-o-o-ring is the adjective most often applied. James Loewen spent two years at the Smithsonian Institute surveying twelve leading high school textbooks of American history. What he found was an embarrassing amalgam of bland optimism, blind patriotism, and misinformation pure and simple, weighing in at an average of four-and-a-half pounds and 888 pages. • Click on title for rest of the description.
Book: Saving Fish from Drowning
by Amy Tan.
"Each day I pledge to save a hundred lives. I drop my net in the lake and scoop out a hundred fishes. I place the fishes on the bank, where they flop and twirl. 'Don't be scared,' I tell those fishes. 'I am saving you from drowning." Soon enough, the fishes grow calm and lie still. Yet, sad to say, I am always too late." Amy Tan's novel of 11 Americans stranded in Burma possesses the resonance of the fable of the Burmese fisherman. Another compelling fiction by the author of The Joy Luck Club and The Bonesetter's Daughter.
On an ill-fated art expedition into the southern Shan state of Burma, eleven Americans leave their Floating Island Resort for a Christmas-morning tour-and disappear. Through twists of fate, curses, and just plain human error, they find themselves deep in the jungle, where they encounter a tribe awaiting the return of the leader and the mythical book of wisdom that will protect them from the ravages and destruction of the Myanmar military regime.
Saving Fish from Drowning seduces the reader with a facade of Buddhist illusions, magician's tricks, and light comedy, even as the absurd and picaresque spiral into a gripping morality tale about the consequences of intentions – both good and bad – and about the shared responsibility that individuals must accept for the actions of others.
Book: The Long Haul
by Myles Horton • 1998 • 231 pages
In his own direct, modest, plain-spoken style, Myles Horton tells the story of the Highlander Folk School. A major catalyst for social change in the United States for more than sixty years, this school has touched the lives of so many people, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Pete Seeger. Filled with disarmingly honest insight and gentle humor, this is an inspiring hymn to the possibility of social change.
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Book: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
This is how wars are fought now: by children, traumatized and hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47's. This beautifully written book tells Ishmael Beah's story beginning at 12 when separated from his family, he fled attacking rebels in Sierra Leone and wandered a land made unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen he'd been picked up by the government army and became a soldier with other boys his age. At sixteen, he was saved by a rehabilitation center. He learned how to regain his humanity and to heal. This is an extraordinary story of war and hope.
Book: Teacher Man
by Frank McCourt
In Teacher Man Frank turns his attention to the subject that he most often talks about in his lectures-teaching: why it's so important, why it's so undervalued. He describes his own coming of age-as a teacher, a storyteller, and, ultimately, a writer. He is alternately humble and mischievous, downtrodden and rebellious. He instinctively identifies with the underdog; his sympathies lie more with students than administrators. It takes him almost fifteen years to find his voice in the classroom, but what's clear in the thrilling pages of Teacher Man is that from the beginning he seizes and holds his students' attention by telling them memorable stories. And then it takes him another fifteen years to find his voice on the page.
With all the wit, charm, irreverence, and poignancy that made Angela's Ashes and 'Tis so universally beloved, Frank McCourt tells his most exhilarating story yet-how he became a writer.
Book: Soldiers In Revolt: GI Resistance During the Vietnam War
by David Cortwright * with a new introduction by Howard Zinn * 355 pages
SOLDIERS IN REVOLT documents one of the least known and most important aspects of the Vietnam War: the rebellion among U.S. soldiers opposed to the war. From the front lines to stateside military bases, the U.S. armed forces were wracked by widespread resistance, including combat refusals and mutinies. GI's produced more than 250 antiwar committees and underground newspapers to voice their discontent. A new chapter looks at the enduring imprint of this period on the U.S. military and the lessons this era holds for the U.S. occupation of Iraq.
Book: Cowboy In Caracas: A North American's Memoir of Venezuela's Democratic Revolution
by Charles Hardy • 145 pages • Curbstone Press, Willimantic, CT
"An old and evil way of life is dying and those who enjoyed it are fighting to survive..."
• "Charles Hardy has given us a unique persective on the Chavista revolution as viewed from a cardboard shack on a hillside barrio in Caracas. Writing in a graceful and conversational style in a series of vignettes, Hardy conveys with genuine affection and admiration the dignity and courage of the ordinary people of Venezuela – people whom the western media, enscounced in fine hotels or toney apartments, only know as maids and waiters. A reader comes away understanding both why Hugo Chavez is loved by these people – and why the U.S. government is trying so hard to oust him. With the Bush administration still trying to demonize Chavez and his backers, this book is a must-read for all Ameicans – but a must-read that you won't be able to put down." – Dave Lindorff, columnist for Counterpunch, Salon.com and author of The Case For Impeachment (2006)
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Book: Momo (in Spanish)
In Spanish. 274 pages. with 23 line drawing illustrations (not included in the English language edition) Paperback. (English edition out-of-print in the U.S.) 236 pages. Paperback.
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Book: Addicted To War: Why The U.S. Can't Kick Militarism
77 pages • 161 reference notes • 8.5" x 11" graphic format • Over 375,000 in print!
An illustrated expose by Joel Andreas, "Addicted to War" takes on the most active, powerful and destructive military in the world. Hard-hitting, carefully documented and heavily illustrated, it reveals why the United States has been involved in more wars in recent years than any other country.
The book reveals the terrible fact of the U.S.'s addiction to war and militarism, as well as powerful insights into the causes. In a format accessible to kids from nine to ninety-nine. Packed with historical photos and quotes, the book explains who benefits from our wars, who pays and who dies. Highly recommended from High school age and up. Donate a copy to your school and community library.
The book is endorsed by Veterans For Peace. This Third Edition has been updated in 2004 and 14 more pages have been added covering the war against Iraq. It has been translated into Japanese, Korean, Thai, Danish and German. A Spanish edition is also available from us. It is being used in hundreds of high schools and colleges as a supplemental U.S. history text. Watch a 4 minute video created from the first pages of the book.
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Book: Adicto a la Guerra [Espanol ed.]
The same best-selling graphic history book, "Addicted To War" translated into Spanish. A must-read for Spanish-speaking recruitment-age youth.
Book: The No-Nonsense Guide to World History
By Chris Brazier
Most people's idea of the history of the world is hazy and partial. We know bits and pieces - battles in a tiny corner of Europe, kings' love affairs - without ever knowing how they fit together. Here, in this book, are the hidden histories, the continents and communities left out of the conventional textbooks; from the civilizations of Asia, Africa and Latin America to the history of women which has been submerged beneath the flow of wars and politics.
"The No-Nonsense Guide to World History" integrates these hidden histories with the more familiar narrative of imperial dynasties and superpower battles. It stands back from history's great building to look at its outline instead of focusing on one brick. It aims to tell the whole story in the space of one slim volume - and to tease out some of the lessons of history that humanity needs to take into the 21st century. (taken from back cover)
Audio Book on CD: The Secret History of the American Empire
Unabridged • 9 CDs • approx. 11 hours • Read by Jonathan Davis. The inside story of the corruption, cronyism and corporate manipulation behind the American Empire today.
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Book: The Rebel Girl: An Autobiography, My First Life (1906-1926)
Elizabeth Flynn played a leading role in the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Born in Concord, NH in 1890, her family moved to N.Y.C. in 1900, where she was educated at the local public schools. Her parents introduced her to socialism. When she was 16 she gave her first speech, "What Socialism Will Do for Women", at the Harlem Socialist Club. Expelled from high school for her political activities, author Theodore Dreiser called her "an East Side Joan of Arc". In 1912 she worked in Lawrence, MA during the Great Textile Strike. With the arrests of Joseph Ettor and Arturo Giovannitti, Flynn at the end of January, became “the strike’s leading lady” (Watson, Bread and Roses, p. 152). A major organizer of the various trips by children to supportive cities like New York, she called the children’s demonstrations “the most wonderful that I have ever seen. I have been in strikes and battles for free speech but I have never seen such an outburst of human brotherhood...” (Boston Globe, Feb. 13, 1912.)
In her autobiography she said this about her time in Lawrence: “We talked especially to the women about the high cost of living here—how they had been fooled when they first came here when they figured the dollars in their home money. They thought they were rich till they had to pay rent, buy groceries, clothes, and shoes. Then they knew they were poor.” Describing the strike scenes she witnessed she wrote: “As the terrible new England winter dragged along the terror and violence increased. On Feb. 19, 200 policemen with drawn clubs routed 100 women picketers. A Boston newspaper described the scene: ‘A woman would be seen to shout from the crowd and run into a side street. Instantly two or three police would be after her. Usually a night-stick well aimed brought the woman to the ground like a shot and instantly the police would be on her, pulling her in as many ways as there were police.’”
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Book: Why War Is Never a Good Idea
by Alice Walker, Stefano Vitale (Illustrator), Stefano Vitale (Illustrator) hardcover.
Though War is Old
It has not
Poet and activist Alice Walker personifies the power and wanton devastation of war in this evocative poem. Stefano Vitale’s compelling paintings illustrate this unflinching look at war’s destructive nature and unforeseen consequences.
Book/Poster: Lies My Teacher Told Me About Christopher Columbus
by James Loewen (author of "Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your High School History Textbook Got Wrong" and "Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong") • 9 pages • 8.5" x 11" • Includes a 22" x 34" full color poster, "The Truth About Columbus" printed on nontear material. The poster is folded to fit in the back of the book.
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Book: The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
by Naomi Klein • 2007 • N.Y. Times Bestseller & bestseller in six countries. Paperback • Now in 20 languages! Seventeen publications consider this the Best Book of the Year. (Updated paperback edition, June 2008)
Naomi Klein is the award-winning author of the acclaimed international bestseller "No Logo" (2000) and the essay collection "Fences & Widows." An internationally syndicated columnist, she co-created with Avi Lewis, the documentary film "The Take"
• "This is a book that will anger you, yes, but in the best, most passionate way – by arousing the kind of anger that might provoke you into action. This is one book that could actually make a difference in society." - Powell's Books, Portland, OR (Staff Pick)
• "Superbly constructed and written... It deserves to be widely read." - S.F. Chronicle
• "Brilliant, brave and terrifying." - Arundahti Roy, author "The God of Small Things"
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Book: After Dachau
by Daniel Quinn (2001). In this new novel, Quinn departs from his usual battery of theory to explore the story of the fictional Mallory Hastings, a victim of an automobile accident who explores the possibility that her life may not be quite what she thought it was. A surprising twist midway through the novel leaves you thinking for days. 230 pages. Hardcover.
Peace: The Biography of a Symbol
by Ken Kolsbun • Published by National Geographic Society (March 2008) • 176 pages • 8" x 8" • Hardcover • 150 color photographs
As the boomer generation moves onward through the milestones of life, 1960's nostalgia holds tremendous meaning today. And nothing more eloquently symbolizes the counterculture era than the peace sign. How did this simple sketch become so powerful an image? "Peace: The Biography of a Symbol" tells the surprisiing story of the sign in words and pictures, from its origins in the nuclear disarmament movement in England in 1958, throughout the 1960s, through its stint as a mass-marketed commodity and its enduring relevance now.
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Book: War Is A Racket
by General Smedley Butler • 80 pages
This is the anti-war classic of all time. Written over seventy years ago by General Smedley Butler, who is still the most highly-decorated U.S. Marine in American history, This frank book shows how U.S. war efforts are animated and driven by big business interests, then as today. This extraordinary argument against war is more relevant today than ever. It remains the basic primer for all to read. Concisely tells the true story of his personal exoeriences as a soldier prtecting U.S. business interests in other countries. Coming as it does from the perspective of a brave and highly honored warrior, he is a source whom pro-military, pro-war readers will at least read, and may even find themselves agreeing with. A powerful, timeless document. Marine enlistees are taught about the history of the Marine Corps, and about Smedley Butler as a heroic U.S. Marine, but they don't teach about his personal conversion to opposition to war for corporate profit.
Book: Cost of Freedom: The Anthology of Peace & Activism
by Mike Palecek, Michael Annis & Whitney Trettien * 166 pages (14 full color) * 12" x 12.5" * 2007
Over 100 contributors from the U.S. and Canada.
"Not just a book, it's a national movement." – Claire Dinneen, Anthology Books, Colorado
"If the world is ever going to be changed, it will be through the efforts of millions of individuals and small organizations. Cost of Freedom tells the encouraging stories of many who have begun this work." – Pete Seeger
"Sexy, surreal, overwhelming. The definitive work of an era of alternative thinking, composition, visual art and publishing..." – Booklist
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Book: Black Ants & Buddhists: Thinking Critically & Teaching Differently in the Primary Grades"
by Mary Cowhey • 2006 • 244 pages
What would a classroom look like if understanding and respecting differences in race, culture, beliefs and opinions were at its heart? Welcome to Mary Cowhey's Peace Class in Northampton, Mass., where first and second graders view the entire curriculum through the framework of understanding the world and trying to do their part to make it a better place.
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Book: In the Shadow of No Towers
By Art Spiegelman. In his first new book of comics since the groundbreaking Maus, Art Spiegelman gives us a deeply personal, politically charged, graphically and emotionally stunning account of the events and aftermath of September 11, 2001. What Art Spiegelman saw in his lower Manhattan backyard on 9/11 was just the beginning of the horror for him. Panic soon gave way to fury as he watched the shameless co-opting of the tragedy by a government in the service of its own preconceived agenda. For Spiegelman, only one thing made sense — passionate dissent, and done in the best way he knew how: through comics! This amazing book is the result. In a large, two-page-spread format that echoes the scale of the earliest newspaper comics, Spiegelman relates his experience of the national tragedy in drawings and text that convey — with his singular artistry and his characteristic provocation, outrage, and wit — the unfathomable enormity of the event itself, the obvious and insidious effects it had on his life, and the extraordinary, often hidden changes that have been enacted in the name of post-9/11 national security and that have begun to undermine the very foundation of American democracy. Finally, Spiegelman shares with us a small folio of classic Sunday comics pages from the early years of the medium that resonate eerily today. Oversize book with hard 1/8" thick board pages.
Much more than a coffee table book or conversation piece, this one-of-a-kind book by a renowned American artist and author is already a classic in its genre. "In The Shadow of No Towers" is an invaluable first-person source document on the personal and national consequences of that horrific day.
Book: Give Me Liberty - A Handbook for American Revolutionaries
by Naomi (author of "The End of America") • 2008 • 400 pages
As the practice of democracy becomes a lost art, Americans are increasingly desperate for a restored nation. Many have a general sense the system is in disorder – if not on its way to functional collapse. Though it's easy to identify our political problems, the solutions are not always as clear. In "Give Me Liberty," bestselling author Naomi Wolf shows the breathtaking changes that can take place when ordinary citizens engage in the democratic system the way the founders intended and tells how to use that system, right now, to change your life, your community and, ulimately, the nation.
Book: A People's History of Sports in the United States: ...
...250 Years of Politics, Protest, People, and Play
By David Zirin and various contributors • Hardcover • 320 Pages.
From the author Robert Lipsyte calls "the best young sportswriter in America," a rollicking, rebellious, myth-busting history of sports in America that puts politics in the ring with pop culture.
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Book: National Geographic Visual Encyclopedia of Earth: Wonders of Our Living Planet
by Michael Allaby.
This hardcover book is the definitive guide to our incredible, ever-changing world. This is the single-volume reference every forward-looking library should include, sure to foster the next generation's sense of connectedness with our world and to inspire the ecologists and scientists of tomorrow.
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"We Are All Born Free" The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures
Hardcover picture book. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948. Compiled after the horrors of World War II, its purpose was to state and protect the rights of all people. A testament to freedom and the human spirit, it is a thoughtful gift for children and adults alike.
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Book: "The Librarian of Basra" A True Story from Iraq
Written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter. Hardcover picture book.
This moving true story about a real librarian's brave struggle to save her war-stricken community's priceless collection of books is a powerful reminder that the love of literature and the passion for knowledge know no boundaries.
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Book: The American Way Of War: Guided Missiles, Misguided Men and a Republic In Peril
by Eugene Jarecki (director, "Why We Fight" film, 2007) • 324 pages • 2008 • Simon & Shuster Publishers
What happens when an award-winning documentary film producer turns to a print monograph to make his case? If you are Eugene Jarecki, the answer (to borrow a baseball metaphor) is: you hit a solid triple, with an eye toward home plate.
This book is a provocative and personal exploration of the same crucial themes he explored in his Sundance Film Festival 2005 Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary, "Why We Fight."
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Book: Unbowed: A Memoir by Wangari Maathai
April, 2006 • Paperback • 326 pages
In Unbowed, Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai offers an inspiriting message of hope and prosperity through self-sufficiency. We see her studying with Catholic missionaries, earning bachelor's and master's degrees in the United States, and becoming the first woman both to earn a Ph.D. in East and Central Africa and to head a university department in Kenya. We witness her numerous run-ins with the brutal Moi government and she makes clear the political and personal reasons that compelled her, in 1977, to establish the Green Belt Movement.
Nonviolence: The History of a Dangerous Idea By Mark Kurlansky
2006 • Paperback • 203 pages
New York Times bestselling author Mark Kurlansky discusses nonviolence as a distinct entity, a course of action, rather than a mere state of mind. Nonviolence can and should be a technique for overcoming social injustice and ending wars, he asserts, which is why it is the preferred method of those who speak truth to power.
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Book: Wangari's Trees of Peace : A True Story from Africa
by Jeanette Winter • 2008 • Hardcover Picturebook
As a young girl growing up in Kenya, Wangari was surrounded by trees. But years later when she returns home, she is shocked to see whole forests being cut down, and she knows that soon all the trees will be destroyed. So Wangari decides to do something—and starts by planting nine seedlings in her own backyard. And as they grow, so do her plans...
This true story of Wangari Maathai, environmentalist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is a shining example of how one woman’s passion, vision, and determination inspired great change.
Book: Hoodwinked - An Economic Hit Man Reveals Why the World Financial Markets Imploded and What We Need Need To Do To Remake Them
Hardcover • 2009 • by John Perkins (author: Confessions of an Economic Hitman)
John Perkins has seen the signs of today's economic meltdown before. The subprime mortgage fiascos, the banking industry collapse, the rising tide of unemployment, the shuttering of small businesses across the landscape are all too familiar symptoms of a far greater disease. In his former life as an economic hit man, he was on the front lines both as an observer and a perpetrator of events, once confined only to the third world, that have now sent the United States—and in fact the entire planet—spiraling toward disaster.
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Book: Americans Who Tell The Truth
painting by Robert Shetterly • 2009
Portraits of Amerticans past and presnt who have helped change the world for the better, with a page about each of them.
Book: If You Can Read This
by Jack Bowen • 2010 • 240 pages • trade paperback
A PICTURE MAY BE WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS— BUT A FEW CHOICE WORDS CAN SPEAK VOLUMES! • If Ignorance Is Bliss, Why Aren’t More People Happy? • Bottled Water Is for Suckers • Clones Are People Too • At Least the War on the Environment Is Going Well • Don’t Believe Everything You Think • The Revolution Will Be Tweeted Long before blogs, tweets, and sound bites, people were telling the world how they felt in brief, blunt bursts of information plastered on the backs of their cars. Whether they’re political or religious, passionate or proud, controversial or corny, these brightly colored, boldly lettered mini manifestos are declarations of who we are, where we stand, and what we’d rather be doing. But as bestselling author and noted philosopher Jack Bowen reveals, there’s much more to the pop-culture phenomenon of bumper stickers than rolling one-liners and drive-by propaganda—no less, in fact, than a wise, funny, poignant, contentious, and truthful discourse on the human condition. Mixing pop culture with the ideas of historically prominent philosophers and scientists, If You Can Read This exposes the deeper wisdom couched behind these slogans—or, as need be, exposes where they have gone wrong. If you brake for big ideas, now’s the time.
Book: We the People - a Call to Take Back America
by Thom Hartmann, Illustrated by Neil Cohn • 205 pages, graphic book format, all factual, all footnoted. A valuable, accessible history for anyone. Written by respected author and daily progressive, nationally broadcast radio host, Thom Hartmann. A genuine voice of reason and intelligence in broadcast media, in stark contrast o the windbags and blowhards across the political spectrum who have the radio audience's attention in this attention-deficit (and truth deficit) grim era in our nation. Check out Thom's website: www.thomhartmann.com. • FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY: Get a FREE copy of "Addicted To War" when you buy a copy of "We The People"!
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Book: I Love Myself When I Am Laughing and Then Again When I Am Looking Mean and Impressive: A Zora Neale Hurston Reader.
BK-ILM • Edited by Alice Walker. I love the title of this book almost as much as the book. It sums up the work of Zora Neale Hurston quite well. In her introduction Alice Walker says, “ We love Zora Neale Hurston for her work, first, and then again we love her for herself. For the humor and courage with which she encountered a life she infrequently designed; for her absolute disinterest in becoming either white or bourgeois, and for her devoted appreciation of her own culture, which is an inspiration to us all. Softcover, 313 pages.
Book: Great Peacemakers: True Stories From Around The World
by Ken Beller & Heather Chase • 2008 • Middle/High School, College/Adult • Hardcover
This book tells the true life stories of 20 great peacemakers from around the world, including famous leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as lesser-known individuals from various walks of life who are making a positive difference in the world. Winner of 30 book awards!
• "Powerful, well-researched and, above all, timely, Great Peacemakers should be required reading for the youth of the world. Classrooms are flooded with history textbooks that celebrate military heroes. It is long past time that our children learn from books that celebrate peace."
—Dr. Oscar Arias
president of Costa Rica and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
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Book: Family of Secrets
by Russ Baker • 2010 •paperback
George W. Bush released his autobiography to massive media attention in 2010. He's promoting his own mythology, re-writing the history of the eight years of his regime, to put his legacy in the best light, in spite of his massive unpopularity.
Meanwhile, another groundbreaking book that reveals much more about the Bush family also was published in 2010, to virtually no media coverage.
Learn why the conventional understanding of Watergate gets the story wrong. Discover how Nixon was implicated in a sprawling plot to which he was not a party, and how an aggressive effort was mounted to use the ‘facts’ of the case to force him from office. Read new revelations about the precise involvement of George Herbert Walker Bush (senior), Bob Woodward and White House counsel John Dean in this still-mysterious American epic from 1972.
• Why George H.W. Bush can’t remember where he was on November 22, 1963. Every other adult in the country remembers they were that fateful day.
• about a Texas Russian immigrant, George DeMorehschildt, who oddly is personally acquainted with both George H.W. Bush AND Lee Harvey Oswald. He died of an apparemt self-inflicted gunshot wound the day before he was to testify before the House SelectCommittee on Assassinations in 1977. • Why FBI Director J.Edhar Hoover, in 1963, refers in an FBI memo to "George Bush of the CIA" - two decades before George H.W. Bush claims he began his first affiliation with the Agency when he was appointed as Director for one year. • Why oilman George H.W. Bush shows up in early CIA documents
• The real story behind George W. Bush’s missing military service
• The inside scoop on the Bushes and Saudi influence in America
• The strange saga of Harvard University and its endowment
• The untold real story behind George W. Bush’s religious awakening
• Never before told anecdotes from George W. Bush’s wild past
• How the CIA monitors the White House and its occupants
• Why Barack Obama and his supporters should read this book
AND MUCH MUCH MORE
Investigative journalist Russ Baker spent years fact-checking every statement in this book for accuracy. The Bush family doesn't deny any fact presented here. They just hope it won;'t be widely read and will sink into obscurity.
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Book: The Post Carbon Reader
Edited by Richard Heinberg and Daniel Lerch • 540 pages • 6 x 9“ • 4 b/w photographs • 26 line illustrations
A must-read collection. This book perfectly complements the resiliency-building efforts of Post Carbon Institute Fellow Bill McKibben and, we think is a must-have for any library. How do population, water, energy, food, and climate issues impact one another? What can we do to address one problem without making the others worse? The Post Carbon Reader features essays by some of the world’s most provocative thinkers on the key issues shaping our new century, from renewable energy and urban agriculture to social justice and community resilience. This insightful collection takes a hard-nosed look at the interconnected threats of our global sustainability quandary and presents some of the most promising responses.
Contributors to The Post Carbon Reader are some of the world's leading sustainability thinkers, including Bill McKibben, Richard Heinberg, Stephanie Mills, David Orr, Wes Jackson, Erika Allen, Gloria Flora, and dozens more.
Publication date: 10/10/10
Book: Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures, 1960s to Now
Drawn from an exhibition at Exit Art, a cultural center in New York City, Signs of Change is a visual archive of more than 350 posters, prints, photographs, films, videos, music, and ephemera from more than twenty-five nations. Surveying the creative work of dozens of international social movements, from the do-it-yourself graphics and media of the 1960s to today's instantaneous digital technologies, it investigates the themes and representations of global struggles for equality, democracy, freedom, and basic human rights. This groundbreaking work illustrates the extraordinary aesthetic range of radical movements during the past fifty years and explores the rise of powerful countercultures that evolve beyond traditional politics, creating distinct forms of art, lifestyles, and social organizations. 178 pages of full-color illustrations!
"If you care about social change, this may well be the most important 'art history' book that you will ever read." —The Yes Men, art activists.
Paperback, 178 pages.
Mary Anne Staniszewski (Editor), George Katsiaficas (Contributor), Jeanette Ingberman (Contributor), Lauren Rosati (Contributor), Dara Greenwald (Editor), and Josh MacPhee (Editor)
Book: Small Acts of Resistance: How Courage, Tenacity, and Ingenuity Can Change the World
By Steve Crawshaw
Trade paper 240 pages.
Remarkable, mischievous, inspiring--the eighty-odd stories in Small Acts of Resistance bring hidden histories to life. The courage of the people in these stories is breathtaking. So, too, is the impact and imagination of their actions.These mostly little known stories--including those written from eyewitness experience of the events and situations described--reveal the role ordinary people have played in achieving extraordinary change. In the real world, it will never happen, the skeptics love to tell us
Book: Click - When We Knew We Were Feminists
by Courtney E Martin. Hardcover, 240 pages
Compiled by authors Martin (Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters) and Sullivan (Commencement), this volume looks at the catalytic moments when 28 women (and one man) found their way to feminism. Including writers, activists, and educators, contributors provide perspective and personal revelations from all stages of life. Joshunda Sanders, an Austin newspaper reporter, talks about growing up poor and black in 'the least desirable place in New York' and how it led to her embrace of 'womanist' thought; Indian American writer and educator Mathangi Subramanian describes years of struggle with the feminist 'label,' navigating the cross-currents of her grandmother's pressure to marry and her mother's enthusiasm for independence (and feminist classics like Susan Estrich's Sex & Power).
Book: Great Neighborhood Book: A Do it yourself Guide to Placemaking
by Jay Walljasper • Paperback • 192 pages
The Great Neighborhood Book explains how most struggling communities can be revived, not by vast infusions of cash, not by government, but by the people who live there. The author addresses such challenges as traffic control, crime, comfort and safety, and developing economic vitality. Using a technique called “placemaking”—the process of transforming public space—this exciting guide offers inspiring real-life examples that show the magic that happens when individuals take small steps and motivate others to make change.
This book will motivate not only neighborhood activists and concerned citizens but also urban planners, developers, and policymakers.
Book: Creative Community Organizing : A Guide for Rabble-Rousers, Activists, and Quiet Lovers of Justice
by Si Kahn. Paperback. 212 pages.
Civil rights, labor, and community organizer Kahn provides a manual for community organizers based on his 45 years of experience in the field. The author, also a musician, shows today's organizers how to use a combination of history, songs, and stories. He also includes examples of creative community organizing that emphasize a innovative approach to activism, the strategies and tactics of successful organizing, and how organizers can deal personally with the demanding life of an activist
Book: Teaching for Joy and Justice : Re-Imagining the Language Arts Classroom
by Linda Christensen. Paperback.
Linda Christensen creates passionate curriculum, centered on the lives and voices of her students. In Teaching for Joy and Justice she shows us how her students come to celebrate their own writing, value themselves, and stand up for others. Writing is embedded in curriculum that matters, in discussion about big ideas, and in literature rich with the full range of human experience.
Book: Humanity: A Celebration of Friendship, Family, Love & Laughter
by Geoff Blackwell. Hardcover, 220 pages.
Featuring 150 color and black-and-white images from around the world, and complemented by heartwarming and inspiring quotes, "Humanity" is a touching tribute to the most treasured relationships.
Book: Tarra & Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends
by Carol Buckley.
Best friends come in all shapes and sizes After retiring from the circus, Tarra became the first resident of the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. When other elephants moved in and developed close friendships, only Tarra remained independent until the day she met a stray mixed-breed dog named Bella.
It was love at first sight as this unlikely duo became inseparable. They ate together, slept together, and even understood each other s language. And when Bella suffered a severe spinal injury, Tarra stayed by her side and was there for her until Bella regained her health.
Brilliant color photographs of Tarra and Bella at home in the Elephant Sanctuary deftly illustrate this inspiring story of companionship, and an informative note about the Sanctuary provides a great resource for parents and teachers.
Book: The Protest Singer: An Intimate Portrait of Pete Seeger (Vintage)
by Alec Wilkinson. Paperback, 151 pages.
A true American original is brought to life in this rich and lively portrait of Pete Seeger, who, with his musical grace and inextinguishable passion for social justice, transformed folk singing into a high form of peaceful protest in the second half of the twentieth century. Drawing on his extensive talks with Seeger, New Yorker writer Alec Wilkinson lets us experience the mans unique blend of independence and commitment, charm, courage, energy, and belief in human equality and American democracy.
Book: Indian Country Noir (Akashic Noir)
by Sarah Cortez. Paperback, 279 pages.
The sharpest, most stylized and ambitious anthology of Native American literature ever published. Written by both Native American and non-Native authors, the 14 stories in this worthy volume in Akashic's noir series range geographically from northern Canada to Puerto Rico and from New York's Adirondacks to Los Angeles.
Book: The Design of Dissent
by Milton Glaser & Mirko Ilic • forward by Tony Kushner • 11" x 9" • 240 pages
With a vibrant display of buttons, posters and leaflets that protest the Iraq war, the corporate media, the Israeli military and all points between, this book cuts a wide swath, indeed. Assembled by designer Glaser, best known for his " I [heart] NY" logo, and Ilic, a School of Visual Arts instructor and author of several books on design, the book bursts with compelling political designs from all over the world, but it lacks an overall direction and shape. Neither a deeply snoozeriffic foreword by playwright Tony Kushner nor a rambling interview of Glaser by the New York Times' Steven Heller give any clear indication of the books' overall purpose. Not that there aren't images here to make the skin crawl and the blood boil, including a photo montage of victims processed at a Khmer Rouge extermination facility, and silverware superimposed on either side of a cow collapsed in meat factory filth. The most fascinating section of the book focuses on conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, bringing the region's brutal recent history to life with a shocking immediacy and quiet rage. However, despite the book's striking and colorful individual parts, it comes across as a loosely organized compendium of leftist protest paraphernalia.
Book: This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement
Edited by Sarah van Gelder & the staff of YES! magazine • 2011 • 96 pages
The Occupy Wall Street movement named the core issue of our time: the overwhelming power of Wall Street and large corporations— something the political establishment and most media have long ignored.
But the movement goes far beyond this critique. This Changes Everything shows how the movement is shifting the way people view themselves and the world, the kind of society they believe is possible, and their own involvement in creating a society that works for the 99% rather than just the 1%.
Attempts to pigeonhole this decentralized, fast-evolving movement have led to confusion and misperception. In this volume, the editors of YES! Magazine bring together voices from inside and outside the protests to convey the issues, possibilities, and personalities associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement.
This book features contributions from Naomi Klein, David Korten, Rebecca Solnit, Ralph Nader, and others, as well as Occupy activists who were there from the beginning, such as David Graeber, Marina Sitrin and Hena Ashraf. It offers insights for those actively protesting or expressing support for the movement—and for the millions more who sympathize with the goal of a more equitable and democratic future.
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Book: Blood On The Tracks: The Autobiography of S. Brian Willson
by S. Brian Willson • 2011 • 536 pages • 9" x 6" • Paperback
"We are not worth more, they are not worth less." This is the mantra of S. Brian Willson and the theme that runs throughout his compelling psycho-historical memoir. Willson's story begins in small-town, rural America, where he grew up as a "Commie-hating, baseball-loving Baptist," moves through life-changing experiences in Viet Nam, Nicaragua and elsewhere, and culminates with his commitment to a localized, sustainable lifestyle.
In telling his story, Willson provides numerous examples of the types of personal, risk-taking, nonviolent actions he and others have taken in attempts to educate and effect political change: tax refusal, fasting, and obstruction tactics. It was such actions that thrust Brian Willson into the public eye in the mid-'80s, first as a participant in a high-profile, water-only "Veterans Fast for Life" against the Contra war being waged by his government in Nicaragua. Then, on a fateful day in September 1987, the world watched in horror as Willson was run over by a U.S. government munitions train during a nonviolent blocking action in which he expected to be removed from the tracks and arrested.
Losing his legs only strengthened Willson's identity with millions of unnamed victims of U.S. policy around the world. He provides details of his travels to countries in Latin America and the Middle East and bears witness to the harm done to poor people as well as to the environment by the steamroller of U.S. imperialism. These heart-rending accounts are offered side by side with inspirational stories of nonviolent struggle and the survival of resilient communities.
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Book: The Historic Unfulfilled Promise
2012 • by Howard Zinn (1923-2010)
"Passionate, iconoclastic, and wrly humorous . . . [Zinn] sometimes proves astounding in his almost clairvoyant analysis."
—Publisher's Weekly Starred Review Howard Zinn's life and work are the stuff of legend. His People's History of the United States has sold over two million copies and has altered how we see and teach history. A hero in word and deed, Zinn's views on freedom, fairness, history, democracy, and our own human potential are educational and transformative. In few places is the genius of his voice more crystallized and accessible than in the dozens of articles he penned for The Progressive magazine from 1980 to 2009, offered together here in book form for the first time.
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Book: Ignoring Binky: The Life & Times of Victor Evertor
2001 • graphic novella • Beverly Red & Mitch Hall
A political graphic novel that tells the life story of Victor Evertor, head of EATU, a pollution-spewing, people-crunching multi-national and shows how this developmentally arrested corporate titan amalgamated power. A satirical treatment of the past six decades of American culture that connects the dots between personal pathology and the plight of the planet. Victor Evertor's dream is our nightmare.
Artist Beverly Red and author Mitch Hall have dissected and displayed the psychological components that make up a high-powered CEO. This comic follows the life of Victor Evertor from his neglected childhood to his ascent to the top of the corporate world. The "Binky" from the title is apparently an imaginary friend from Evertor’s childhood who tries to comfort the child when his parents fail to. Imagination saves Evertor’s life, but only human contact can save his soul. However, Binky’s voice grows weaker with each of Evertor’s conquests. This is simultaneously funny and sobering stuff.
Book: The End of America - Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot
THIS BOOK IS NOW PERMANENTLY OUT-OF-PRINT!
Naomi Wolf • 2007 • 168 pages • paperback • N.Y. Times Bestseller
Jon Elliot, host of Air America Radio show "The Best of America" called this the most important book he read in 2007.
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Book: Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt
by Chris Hedges, Joe Sacco (Illustrator)
Two years ago, Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges and award-winning cartoonist and journalist Joe Sacco set out to take a look at the sacrifice zones, those areas in America that have been offered up for exploitation in the name of profit, progress, and technological advancement. They wanted to show in words and drawings what life looks like in places where the marketplace rules without constraints, where human beings and the natural world are used and then discarded to maximize profit. Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt is the searing account of their travels.
The book starts in the western plains, where Native Americans were sacrificed in the giddy race for land and empire. It moves to the old manufacturing centers and coal fields that fueled the industrial revolution, but now lie depleted and in decay. It follows the steady downward spiral of American labor into the nation's produce fields and ends in Zuccotti Park where a new generation revolts against a corporate state that has handed to the young an economic, political, cultural and environmental catastrophe.
Publication date: 6/12/2012
Hardcover, 320 pages
Book: Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors
by Hena Khan, Mehrdokht Amini (Illustrator)
Magnificently capturing the colorful world of Islam for the youngest readers, this breathtaking and informative picture book celebrates Islam's beauty and traditions. From a red prayer rug to a blue hijab, everyday colors are given special meaning as young readers learn about clothing, food, and other important elements of Islamic culture, with a young Muslim girl as a guide. Sure to inspire questions and observations about world religions and cultures, Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns is equally at home in a classroom reading circle as it is being read to a child on a parent's lap.
Publication date: 6/6/2012
Hardcover, full color, 32 pages
Age range: 3 - 7 Years
Book: The Global Warming Reader
by Bill McKibben
Our most widely respected environmental writer brings together the essential voices on global warming, from its 19th-century discovery to the present.
What is happening to our planet? And what can we do about it? The Global Warming Readerprovides more than thirty-five answers to these burning questions, from more than one hundred years of engagement with the topic. Here is Elizabeth Kolbert's groundbreaking essay "The Darkening Sea," Michael Crichton's skeptical view of climate change, George Monbiot's biting indictment of those who are really using up the planet's resources, NASA scientist James Hansen's testimony before the U.S. Congress, and clarion calls for action by Al Gore, Arundhati Roy, Naomi Klein, and many others.
Publication date: 3/27/2012
Trade Paper, 432 pages
Book: The Untold History of the United States
by Oliver Stone & Peter Kuznick • 2012 • 784 pages • hardcover
The companion to the Showtime documentary series (nov.-Dec. 2012), director Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick challenge the prevailing orthodoxies of traditional history books in this thoroughly researched and rigorously analyzed look at the dark side of American history.
“At last the world knows America as the savior of the world!”—Woodrow Wilson
The notion of American exceptionalism, dating back to John Winthrop’s 1630 sermon aboard the Arbella, still warps Americans’ understanding of their nation’s role in the world. Most are loathe to admit that the United States has any imperial pretensions. But history tells a different story as filmmaker Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick reveal in this riveting account of the rise and decline of the American empire.
Book: Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire
by Morris Berman • 2007 • 385 pages
In Dark Ages America, Morris Berman argues that the nation has entered a dangerous phase in its historical dvelopment, from which there is no return. As the corporate-consumertist juggernaut thgat now defines the nation rolls on, the very factotrs that once propelled America to greatness – extreme individualism, terriotorial expansion, and the pursuit of material wealth – are now, paradoxically, the nails in our collective coffin. Within a few decades, Berman argues, te united Statyes will be marginalized on the world stage, its hegemony replaced by China or the European Union. We could also, he sugests, be just one more terrortist attack away from a police state."
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Book: Beautiful Trouble
Paperback • 2012 • 450 pages • by Andrew Boyd • 8.4" x 5.8"
"The current political moment calls for bold leaps of imagination, new forms of organizing and a fearless blend of confrontation and celebration. Beautiful Trouble is a crash course in the emerging field of carnivalesque realpolitik, both elegant and incendiary."
—Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine and No Logo
Prank websites. Militant carnivals. Flash Mobs. Virtual sit-ins. Guerrilla musicals. Social activism has a creative new edge that is melding prank and PR, and blurring the boundaries between artist and activist, direct action protest and pop art. Until recently these audacious actions were the preserve of a bold and zany few, but the “beautiful trouble” of creative activism is spreading.
Beautiful Trouble is not another how-to manual; it’s a how-to-think manual. We gathered artists and activists together to tease out a core set of interlocking design principles — what the design field would call a “pattern language“ — so that this collective wisdom can become useful to the next generation of change-makers. It’s a widely collaborative effort that was written – in a somewhat novel fashion – in the Google cloud, with me serving less as head writer and more as Editor and Wrangler-in-Chief.
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Book: Reaching Men
Strategies for Preventing Sexist Attitudes, Behaviors, and Violence. By Rus Ervin Funk. 316 pages.
Sexist attitudes, behavior, and violence are not just women's issues; men must also join in the work if our society is to overcome them. Written in a clear, no-nonsense style, Reaching Men provides vital information and well-tested strategies that educators and advocates against sexism and violence can use to create effective men's programs. Among the topics this one-of-a-kind reference book addresses are sexual assault, rape, sexual harassment, pronography, prostitution, domestic violence, dating abuse, male and female victimization, and stalking.
A modern-day classic. The book that has the whole world thinking and re-thinking. In this unforgettable novel, a man and a gorilla embark on an intellectual adventure that redefines what it means to be human. Their journey explores the most challenging problem humankind has ever faced: how to save the world from ourselves.
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Book: The Peace Book
by Louise Diamond. 193 pages.
108 simple ways to create a more peaceful world. The Peace Book provides simple everyday tools that can help us have more peace in our lives and in the world. Not available in bookstores - this book is meant to be spread through our personal networks.
We also carry another book with the same title, by Todd Parr. It is an illustrated children's book and it is not related to this book. To avoid confusion, we've titled his book, "Todd Parr's The Peace Book."
Book: Let's Talk about Race
by Julius Lester. Paperback, 32 pages.
I am a story.
So are you.
So is everyone.
Julius Lester says, "I write because our lives are stories. If enough of these stories are told, then perhaps we will begin to see that our lives are the same story. The differences are merely in the details." Now Mr. Lester shares his own story as he explores what makes each of us special. Karen Barbour's dramatic, vibrant paintings speak to the heart of Lester's unique vision, truly a celebration of all of us. • Click on book title for review ad more info about the author
Book: Because I Am a Girl
by Rosemary McCarney, Jen Albaugh, Plan International
Because I am a Girl is a global initiative from Plan International to end gender inequality, promote girls’ rights and lift millions of girls out of poverty. Plan helped the UN declare October 11th the "International Day of the Girl" to recognize and advocate for girls’ rights globally. This book illustrates the Because I am Girl call to change by telling stories of girls around the world. They begin by telling us “Because I am a girl, I eat if there is food left over when everyone is done” and “I am the Poorest of the Poor.” But it ends with the inspiring section “Because I am a Girl, I can change the world.” Each part begins with one real girl’s story, illustrated with Plan’s amazing photographs.
Book: Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future!
by Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl
This book introduces 25 inspiring women and their accomplishments. This inspiring and diverse tribute to artists, journalists, sports phenoms, judges, and more culminates with an energizing A–Z list of “26 Things That You Can Do to Be Rad!” and a reading list to encourage further exploration. Ages 8–up.
Book: Lend a Hand: Poems About Giving
by John Frank, London Ladd
A collection of original poems centered on giving and spontaneous acts of kindness, which also incorporate larger themes of community, intergenerational relationships, young mentors, and care for the environment. Acts of kindness happen every day, but often go unnoticed with the exception of the giver and receiver. In this book, every day acts of kindness are celebrated in a special way for the reader of this delightful book to see. Each page contains an anecdote about kindness in some capacity whether it is about training a service dog, a group of girl scouts serving the community by picking up trash, a young man helping an old man on a bus, a student sharing a sandwich with a classmate, and many more inspiring examples.
Book: Pete Seeger: His Life In His Own Words
by Pete Seeger, Rob Rosenthal, Sam Rosenthal and David Amram • 2012
300 pages • Hardcover (no paperback edition until 2015)
Long an icon of American musical and political life, Pete Seeger has written eloquently in books and for magazines, activist movements, and union newsletters. Although he has never written an autobiography, his life story is nowhere more personally chronicled than in the private writings, documents, and letters stored for decades in his family barn.
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Book: "Democracy Now! 20 Years Covering the Movements Changing America"
by Amy Goodman, co-host & founder of daily independent radio/TV program "Democracy Now!" • 2016 • 384 pages • hardcover
A celebration of the acclaimed news program "Democracy Now "and the extraordinary heroes who have moved our democracy forward. In 1996 Amy Goodman started a radio show called "Democracy Now " to focus on the issues that are underreported or ignored by mainstream news coverage. Shortly after September 11, 2001, they were broadcasting on television every weekday. Today it is the only public media in the US that airs simultaneously on satellite and cable television, radio, and the Internet. Now Amy and her journalist brother, David, share stories of the progressive heroes--the whistleblowers, the organizers, the protestors--who have brought about remarkable, often invisible change over the last two decades in seismic ways. "Rebellion" looks back over the past twenty years of "Democracy Now " and considers that as the courts and government abdicate their responsibilities, it has fallen to ordinary people to hold the powerful to account. Amy gives voice to these leaderful, not leaderless, movements: the countless charismatic leaders who are taking to the streets in Ferguson, Staten Island, Wall Street, and other places where people are rising up to demand justice. This is the guiding principle of "Democracy Now ," which is front and center in the powerful, important "Rebellion."
"A sweeping look at both the origins of the show and its unique role in American political life. It's also a scathing critique of corporate media and its corrosive culture." Sean Illing, Salon
"An impassioned book aiming to fuel informed participation, outrage, and dissent." – Kirkus Reviews
"Democracy Now! presents the voices of people prevented from earning livable wages, fired for organizing for labor rights, incarcerated unjustly, bombed illegally, discriminated against, foreclosed on, spied upon, disenfranchised and deported. They call us to the better angels of our democracy." – Jim Swearingen, The National Book Review
Book: Next Generation Netroots: Realignment & The Rise of the Internet Left
by Matthew R. Kerbel, Christopher J. Bowers • 2016 • 158 pages Routledge Publishers
From the early demise of Trent Lott at the hands of bloggers to the agonized scream of Howard Dean; from Daily Kos and the blogosphere to the rise of Twitter and Facebook, politics and new media have co-existed and evolved in rapid succession. Here, an academic and practitioner team up to consider how new and old media technologies mix with combustible politics to determine, in real time, the shape of the emerging political order. Our political moment shares with other realigning periods the sense that political parties are failing to address the public interest. In an era defined by the collapse of the political center, extreme income inequality, rapidly changing demography, and new methods of communicating and organizing, a second-generation online progressive movement fueled by email and social media is coming into its own.
In this highly readable text, the authors – one a scholar of Internet politics, the other a leading voice of the first generation netroots – draw on unique data and on-the-ground experience to answer key questions at the core of our tumultuous politics: How has Internet activism changed in form and function? How have the left and right changed with it? How does this affect American political power?
If you have the sense that the American political scene is on the verge of a big shakeup, you are not alone. Our political moment shares with other realigning periods the sense that political parties are failing to address the public interest in a time of rapid change. In an era deﬁned by the collapse of the political center, extreme income inequality, changing demography, and new technologies for political communication and organizing, a second-generation online progressive movement fueled by email and social media is coming into its own.
In our scholarly but highly readable book, we draw on unique data and insider experience to answer key questions at the core of our tumultuous politics. What similarities does our own era share with other periods of significant political change? How has Internet activism changed in form and function since the early days of Howard Dean, MoveOn and the blogosphere? How has the rise of the digital media world aﬀected American political power? What are the biggest obstacles preventing the progressive movement from becoming a governing majority?
No other book out there tells the netroots story like this.
236 pages. Paperback. English language edition. Published in the U.K., imported. This classic juvenile-age book written in 1973 by German novelist Michael Ende has not been published in the U.S. since the 1980s. With the neocon cultural shift in 1980 with the election of Reagan, a sea change began in U.S. mainstream politics and fundamentalist Christian religion grew tremendously as the country shifted further to the right. The underlying message of this book must have seemed no longer relevant or market-worthy – but especially, it must have been considered too subversive, in its attitude toward the status quo, consumerism and the very notion of time as a commodity. Whatever caused the decision to not publish it again in the U.S., the last two generations have lost a great novel – a beautiful and important story – to read and pass down to their own children. "Mom" needs a grassroots revival to reach new audiences today more than ever in its 43+ years since it was first published. We also have the Spanish language edition (see Books section).
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