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Books for Organizing

Novels for Learning | Books for Children | Books for Teaching

Below are a number of books we've collected that can help people organize efficiently and responsibly.
bk-adwar.gif 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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BK-AALG.jpg Book: Adicto a la Guerra [Espanol ed.]
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The same best-selling graphic history book, "Addicted To War" translated into Spanish. A must-read for Spanish-speaking recruitment-age youth.
BK-NSDG.jpg Book: National Security & Double Government
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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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bk-hbfnv.gif Book: Handbook For Nonviolent Action
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Co-published by War Resisters League and Donnelly/Colt.
This is the handbook used throughout the country for civil disobedience action trainings. Nonviolent civil disobedience requires discipline and preparation as well as a burning commitment and desire for change. This handbook continues a tradition of sharing and passing on beliefs, strategies, values and tactics. It offers the combined experience and wisdom of many people who have struggled to make the world more just. It empowers the the reader to honestly reflect on the guidance it offers. The four editions of this handbook have been widely used all over the country in nonviolence training sessions for many years. Even the single copy price is far less than the cost of photocopying the 36 pages (which at .07’ a page would cost $2.52 to photocopy, not including colating and binding) 4th revised edition. 36 pages. Save in bulk: $1.00 each for 10-25; 26-199 for .75’ each; Carton of 200 for .50’ each ($100) + shipping (actual UPS rate will be used)

BK-LH.jpg Book: The Long Haul
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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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bk-truhst.gif Book: Telling the Truth about History
Appleby, Lyn Hunt & Margaret Jacob. "A wise and moderate book. The authors, all distinguished historians, speak with confidence about the value of both the historian's traditional craft and modern criticism of it. Their sane and readable discussion should give hope to [those] who...believe in the possibility--even the pleasure--of writing history." - Caroline Walker Bynum
BK-PCR.jpg 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

bk-why u m.gif Book: Why Unions Matter
By Michael Yates. This book is an excellent introduction to the labor movement. It proves with irrefutable statistics and persuasive analysis that unionized workers get more pay and better benefits than employees who are not unionized. This book gives the history of the labor movement, basic understanding of issues, and its purpose and promise. Softcover, 180 pages.
BK-OFSC.jpg Book: Organizing for Social Change: The Midwest Academy Manual for Activists
Organizing for Social Change: The Midwest Academy Manual for Activists
2010 • 4th Revised Edition
By Kim Bobo, Jackie Kendall, and Steve Max. A comprehensive manual for grassroots organizers working for social, political, environmental, and economic change at the local, state, and national levels. The Academy handbook provides an invaluable reference source for organizers throughout their careers. Also included are anecdotes about a wide variety of real organizations working on issues concerning labor, pollution, housing, voter registration, racism, healthcare, peace, religion, consumer protection, energy, and public campaign financing. An indespensable source book! Paperback, 424 pages.

bk-usthem.gif Book: Us and Them: A History of Intolerance in America
by Jim Carnes. This book illuminates the dark corners of our nation's past and traces our ongoing efforts to live up to the American ideals of equality and justice. Fourteen case studies, enhanced by the use of original documents, historical photos, newly commisioned paintings, and dramatic narrative, bring readers a firsthand, personal account of the history and psychology of intolerance.
bk-cm.gif Book: The Co/Motion Guide To Youth and Social Change
$25 for students. The Alliance for Justice began Co/Motion out of the knowledge that young people can and do make a difference in their communities, not only through voluntary service, but also through speaking out to community leaders on issues of concerm. The Co/Motion program engages young people in action. Co/Motion offers hands-on training, ongoing support and assistance, as well as this stand-alone resource, which is intended to facilitate social responsibilty and community activism.
BK-SIR.jpg Book: Soldiers In Revolt: GI Resistance During the Vietnam War
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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.

BK-PH.jpg Book: A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present
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by Howard Zinn • 729 pages • Paperback • Revised & updated (2014)

"[Howard Zinn's A People’s History] made me feel that I was a player in this moment in history, as we all are... It gave me a sense of myself in the context of this huge American experience and empowered me to feel that in my small way, I had something to say, I could do something.”
– Bruce Springsteen"

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.
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bk-mr.jpg Book: Mobilizing Resentment
By Jean Hardisty. "[This book] takes readers on a personal, historical, and well-researched tour through the parallel universe of right-wing America. By exposing the power of its deep resentment of democracy, she also shows us how to confront and diminish that power. If you have time for only one book about the ultra-conservative resurgence, this is it." - Gloria Steinem. Hardcover, 286 pages.
Book: Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire Book: An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire
Book: An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire
Just in time for the elections, here's a concise briefing on what the Bush administration really means when it talks about "compassionate conservativism" and "the war on terror." Roy has great fun in these essays skewering the hypocrisy of the holier-than-thou crowd. But above all, it is the very essence of power that she aims to impart: the power of the people to undo the corruptions of their self-appointed leaders. First delivered as fiery speeches to sold-out crowds, together these lucid essays are an impassioned call to arms against "the apocalyptic apparatus of the American empire." Focusing on the disastrous US occupation of Iraq, Roy urges us to recognize—and apply—the scope of our power, exhorting dockworkers to refuse to load war material bound, reservists to refuse their call-ups, activists to organize boycotts of Halliburton, and citizens of other nations to mobilize against being deputized as janitor-soldiers cleaning up the mess of the US invasion. Roy's Guide to Empire also offers us sharp theoretical tools for understanding the New American Empire—a dangerous paradigm, Roy argues here, that is entirely distinct from the imperialism of the British or even the New World Order of George Bush, the elder. She also examines how resistance movements build power, looking in particular at examples of nonviolent organizing in India, South Africa, and the United States. Masterfully she draws the red thread through ostensibly disconnected issues and arenas, focusing on the parallels between globalization in India, the devastation in Iraq, the conditions under which many African Americans continue to despair, and more.
BK-ITS.jpg Book: In the Shadow of No Towers
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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.

BK-STNWN.jpg Book: Stop the Next War Now
Edited by CODEPINK Cofounders Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans. 384 pages.

Effective responses to violence and terrorism. In an effort to stop the war in Iraq, a powerful global movement demonstrated a passion for peace. Armed with insights from the trenches and a vision for a world without war, over 70 experts, scholars, artists, activists, and journalists come together.

Contributors include: Congresswoman Barbara Lee,
Playwright Eve Ensler,
Journalist Helen Thomas,
Conscientious Objector Camilo Mejia,
Analyst Phyllis Bennis,
Activist Leslie Cagau,
Writer Barbara Ehrenreich,
Nobel Prize Winner Jody Williams,
Radio journalist Amy Goodman,
Doctor Helen Caldicott,
Author Naomi Klein,
Environmentalist Wangari Maathai,
and Writer Sharen Salzberg.

BK-TH2.jpg Book: A Troublemaker's Handbook 2
Edited by Jane Slaughter. 372 pages.

"How to fight back where you work...and win!"

From the foreword by Baldemar Vlαsquez, President, Farm Labor Organizing Commitee:
"Honest discussion, investigation, and the willingness to question conventional wisdom on how best to represent and organize workers and challenge entire industries... The following pages chronicle the experiences and lessons of labor's Rosa Park's--and perhaps tomorrow's Martin Luther King, Jr.'s and Malcolm X's."


BK-TPB.gif 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."

BK-CIC.jpg 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, and author of The Case For Impeachment (2006)

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bk-tac.jpg Book: The Activist Cookbook
Creative Actions For A Fair Economy. by Andrew Boyd. A hands-on manual for organizers, artists, and educators who want to get their message across in powerful, creative ways. 94 pages.
Book: Uprooting Racism
Learn how to stand up against racism. There's a long tradition of white people opposing racism, but there are also hundreds of excuses we give ourselves for not getting involved. Uprooting Racism is designed to help white people act on their conviction that racism is wrong. It is a supportive 'how-to' book for white people who are willing to work to end racism. Uprooting Racism talks about racism without rhetoric or attack. It helps us understand the dynamics of racism in our society, insitutions and daily live, and it shares stories, suggestions, advise, exercises and approaches for working together to fight racism. It includes specific consideration of Latino/a, Asian American, African American, Native American and Jewish issues. 243 pages.
bk-er.gif Book: Eyes Right! Challenging the Right Wing Backlash
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Edited by Chip Berlet, Political Research Associates. With contributions from 38 activists and journalists, this anthology brings together some of the most insightful and original thinking about fighting the right today. It brings essential facts, analysis and advise for anyone interested in fighting the right. 398 pages.
BK-NNWH.jpg 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)

BK-PEACE SIGNS.jpg Book: Peace Signs
The Anti-War Movement Illustrated

Edited by James Mann • Forward by historian Howard Zinn
200 posters and graphics against the war in Iraq. From over 20 countries around the world in full color and large format (9" x 13") Free to copy and distribute for any not-for-profit manner. One copy left (out-of-print)


bk-soac.gif Book: Soul of a Citizen
By Paul Rogat Loeb. A book of inspiration and integrity, "Soul of a Citizen" is an antidote to the twin scourges of modern life--powerlessness and cynicism. In his evocative style, Paul Loeb tells moving stories of ordinary Americans who have found unexpected fulfillment in social involvement. Through their example and Loeb's own wise and powerful lessons, we are compelled to move from passivity to participation. The reward of our action, we learn, is nothing less than a sense of connection and purpose not found in a purely personal life. You can visit the book's website for more information. Paperback, 373 pages.
BK-DAA.jpg 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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BK-COF.jpg Book: Cost of Freedom: The Anthology of Peace & Activism
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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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BK-GML.jpg 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.

BK-PHS.jpg Book: A People's History of Sports in the United States: ...
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...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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50factsthat should .gif Book: 50 Facts That Should Change the World
Book: 50 Facts That Should Change the World
By Jessica Williams In this book the BBC's Jessica Williams presents us with crucial information that is often missed, glossed over or hidden by the government and the media. 50 Facts That Should Change The World is simply presented with explanation and analysis backed by thorough references.
BK-SHAE.jpg Audio Book on CD: The Secret History of the American Empire
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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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BK-WTP.jpg 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: • 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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BK-RR.jpg Book: Reproduce & Revolt
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by Josh MacPhee and Favianna Rodriguez • 2008 • 224 pages • paperback
"This book is done in the spirit of Rini Templeton whose work was released in book form as free clip art book for the movement. In the same spirit, artists donated graphics for this book to be released to the public to be available for use on movement flyer and posters. I am proud to have a few images in the book, and I hope to see them in a flyer some day." - Favianna Rodriguez
An extensive collection of contemporary political graphics collected from around the world, including art from many of today's most exciting street artists, poster makers and graphic designers. All of these images are granted to the public domain, to be freely used for political purposes.
Street Posters. Graffiti. Bumper stickers. Activism depends on design to capture imaginations and spread a message. Reproduce and Revolt not only documents some of the best activist design work of the past few years, it shows readers how to do it themselves. Reproduce and Revolt features the work of artists from over a dozen countries. The collection contains hundreds of high-quality illustrations and graphics about social justice and political activism for use on flyers, posters, t-shirts, brochures, stencils, and any other graphic elements of social causes. The graphics are bold, easy to reproduce, and available to reproduce without permission. The book offers clear instructions on how to utilize the images to improve the effectiveness of visual campaigns. It also contains a short history of political graphics, highlighting the vital and powerful role that graphics have played in social movements all over the world - serving as tools to inspire, mobilize, and transform communities.
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BK-FOS.jpg Book: Family of Secrets
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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.
Also learn:
• 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
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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BK-SSWR.jpg 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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BK-FFP.jpg Book: The Fight for Peace: A History of Antiwar Movements in America
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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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BK-SD.jpeg Book: The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
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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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BK-YPH.gif Book: A Young People's History of the United States
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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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BK-CLICK.jpg 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).

BK-GNB.jpg 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.

BK-LUS.gif Book: Labor's Untold Story
By Richard O. Boyer and Herbert M. Morais (1955). One of the best histories of the labor movement in the United States, this book traces its development from the civil war through the fifties. An essential for anyone concerned about the role of labor in our society. Softcover, 380 pages.
BK-AWOW.jpg Book: The American Way Of War: Guided Missiles, Misguided Men and a Republic In Peril
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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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BK-CCO.jpg 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

BK-GWR.JPG Book: The Global Warming Reader
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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

BK-CWC.jpeg Book: The Collapse of Western Civilization - A View From the Future
2014 • paperback • by Naomi Oreskes & Eric Conway
CURRENTLY SOLD-OUT • more copies on order
A much-needed antidote to the "AGENDA 21" nonsense promulgated by Glenn Beck and the far right, Oreskes and Conway provide us with a glimpse of the dystopian future we may ACTUALLY face should we fail to heed the warning of the world's scientists regarding the looming climate change crisis.
– Michael E. Mann, director, Penn State Earth System Science Center, and author of The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines

Oreskes and Conway's startling and all-too-plausible history of the century to come is in the spirit of George Orwell and Aldous Huxley and all the writers who have turned to prophecy in the attempt to ward off an oncoming disaster. Witty in its details and disturbing in its plausibility, this is an account of the Long Emergency we're entering that you will not soon forget.
- Kim Stanley Robinson, author of Shaman, 2312, Science In the Capital, and the Mars trilogy

A chilling view of what our history could be. Ignore it and it becomes more likely. Read this book, heed its warning, and perhaps we can avoid its dire predictions.
– Timothy Wirth, vice chairman, United Nations Foundation, and former U.S. Senator and Member, U.S. House of Representatives

Regret, Oreskes and Conway argue, is an equal-opportunity employer. Yes, climate change will be a nightmare for environmentalists. But global warming also threatens free marketeers, because unabated, it guarantees big government intervention. And that's the great service of this short but brilliant parable: it creates bipartisan empathy for our future selves. From that gift, perhaps we can summon the will to act today.
- Auden Schendler, Vice President, Sustainability, Aspen Skiing Company

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BK-BOTT.jpg Book: Blood On The Tracks: The Autobiography of S. Brian Willson
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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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BK-THUP.jpg 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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BK-RG.jpg 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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BK-PSHL.jpg Book: Pete Seeger: His Life In His Own Words
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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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BK-JFK.jpg Book: J.F.K. & The Unspeakable: Why He Died & Why It Matters
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by James W. Douglass • 2010 • 560 pages • Paperback
Even before its official release date (Oct. 19, 2010) 15,000 of the 16,000 copies printed had been pre-ordered by retailers and distributors! A second printing of 6,000 quickly sold. After 15 years of meticulous research, fact-checking and verification, this book explains "why he died and why it (still) matters" to us, half-a-century later. James Douglass lays out the journey that led JFK in the course of three years from his position as a traditional Cold Warrior to his determination to break with the logic of the Cold War and lead the world in an entirely different direction. This sequence of steps led his adversaries in the military and intelligence establishment to view him as a virtual traitor who had to be eliminated.
Douglass's book has all the elements of a political thriller. But the stakes couldn't be higher. Only by understanding the truth behind the murder of JFK can we grasp his vision and assume the urgent struggle for peace today.
• "A remarkable book: devastating in its documented indictment of the dark forces that have long deformed the public life of this country, while also illuminating JFK's final vision of world peace and documenting beyond reasonable doubt the unspeakable assassination of our last partially admirable president. This book should be required reading for every American citizen. – Richard Falk, Milbank Professor of International Law Emeritus, Princeton University

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BK-DN.jpg Book: "Democracy Now! 20 Years Covering the Movements Changing America"
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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

BK-NGN.jpg Book: Next Generation Netroots: Realignment & The Rise of the Internet Left
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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.

BK-HFW.jpeg Book: How Fascism Works - The Politics of Us and Them
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Just publsihed 9/11/18 • by Jason Stanley
Penguin/Random House Books • 241 pages • Hardcover
Fascist politics are running rampant in America today—and spreading around the world. A Yale philosopher identifies the ten pillars of fascist politics, and charts their horrifying rise and deep history. As the child of refugees of World War II Europe and a renowned philosopher and scholar of propaganda, Jason Stanley has a deep understanding of how democratic societies can be vulnerable to fascism: Nations don’t have to be fascist to suffer from fascist politics. In fact, fascism’s roots have been present in the United States for more than a century. Alarmed by the pervasive rise of fascist tactics both at home and around the globe, Stanley focuses here on the structures that unite them, laying out and analyzing the ten pillars of fascist politics—the language and beliefs that separate people into an “us” and a “them.”
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2007 WRL  Screenpeace Desk Calendar Cove.jpeg Book: Screenpeace - An Anti-War Film Festival
Spiral-bound • 5.25" x 8.5" •72 pages • Introduction by John Sayles
Edited by Judith Pasternak & Gloria Williams • Published by the War Resisters League, New York, 2007.
Originally published as the 2007 annual desk appointment calendar with the theme of anti-war films, with the calendar pages removed, it is a 72-page reference guide to anti-war films made since the previous "Films For Peace & Justice" (1987) desk calendar and film guide.
From Director John Sayles' Foreword:
"Movies, since their inception, have been a vital part of the cultural conversation. Some of the earliest "'moving pictures' with stories were battle scenes of the Philippine-American War presented by Thomas Edison's Biograph Company. That the footage had been staged in New Jersey with African-Americans standing in as Filipino soldiers was apparently less important to audiences of the day than the novelty, action, and patriotic fervor displayed within these one-minute 'views.'
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