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StClone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 02:53 PM
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What one book would you recommend to the uninformed
You see an otherwise intelligent person repeat obvious misinformation. What one book then, not too difficult of a read, would provide them up-to-dated information as to why things are the way they are?

I was going to recommend Thom Hartmann's "Unequal Protection." But there may be other works that sweep the decades and brings current events into focus in a totally footnoted and readable way.
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NightWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 02:55 PM
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1. shock doctrine
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daleanime Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 02:58 PM
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4. Definitly...
one of the best that I've had a chance to read.
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rapturedbyrobots Donating Member (364 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:12 PM
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20. shock doctrine is the most important book to read
for understanding the new modus operandi of transnational capital and market creation

not that i don't like history. (people's history is great)

but we need to understand and adapt to the current organization of global capital.

also...to this end. i recommend 'beyond resistance: everything'

shameless plug. its the transcript of an interview with subcomandante marcos done by some friends that run a community center in durham, nc. i've worked with them a little in the past on small projects. but they do really good work for organizing people in the underdeveloped parts of the city.

you can read the full text online:
http://www.elkilombo.org/documents/beyondresistance.pdf

and you can order a hardcopy from paperboat press to help fund the center (please do this if you like the book):
http://paperboatpress.org/
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BlueJac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:07 PM
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43. Definitely Shock Doctrine..........
Your eyes will fly open
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ProfessorPlum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:46 PM
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56. Right on - the Shock Doctrine would definitely be my choice.
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MrsCorleone Donating Member (844 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 06:12 PM
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57. Shock Doctrine is THE must read for all. nt
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mysticalchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 08:08 AM
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89. It's a tough read ...
... I thought. I started several times - it's dense and packed full of info and yes, I'd recommend it as well but for the uninitiated, it might be like starting in on masters level when they need a bit more elementary instruction.
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MrsCorleone Donating Member (844 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 12:00 PM
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94. There have been a few of my friends & family members
who couldn't get through it easily, as I recall, so I see your point.

But, there's an audio version available via iTunes for iPod or computer listening. I would imagine that this format would be much easier to digest. Don't know if it's unabridged or not, though.

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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 02:56 PM
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2. Conservatives Without Conscience - John Dean
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dhpgetsit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 02:57 PM
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3. Screwed
by Thom Hartmann is a good one.
I haven't read Unequal Protection yet but it's on my wish-list.
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B Calm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:30 PM
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48. I second that!
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asdjrocky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 02:59 PM
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5. People's History of the United States - Howard Zinn
Hands down, the best book to start with.
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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:00 PM
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8. + 1 (and there's a children's version)
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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:01 PM
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12. That's the one I would start with too. Not only that it's very readable for
those who don't like to read that much.
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asdjrocky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:02 PM
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14. He's far eaiser for me to read than Chomsky.
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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:06 PM
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17. He sure is.
Chomsky is not an easy read and you have to really dig your teeth in it. So I would not recommend him to a beginner in understanding the history and politics of this country.
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Recursion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:07 PM
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18. And less combative than Klein, Chomsky, Ehrenreich, etc.
When you're trying to convert the uninformed you shouldn't start by talking about fascism.
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Recursion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:06 PM
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16. Yup. Even today. NT
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Cal Carpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:20 PM
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22. yes indeed
That was my first thought too.
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zipplewrath Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:48 PM
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27. Not a big fan of this book
It's not that he got anything "wrong" per se. And for anyone who didn't really know much of that history, it's surely an eye opener. My only real complaint about the book is it seemed to fail to emphasize that despite much of that history, the people ultimately were able to accomplish changes that improved their lot. Slavery was ended, so was Jim Crow. Unions did rise, and a middle class did develope. Woman were emancipated. The path is ugly, and there is still much to do, but the book seemed to focus upon the ugly path, with little acknowledgement of the distance covered.
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TheWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:39 PM
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52. If the same distance could have been covered without an ugly path, then your statement has little
relevance.

And when you consider the ugly path this country has taken, and how the cons have FAR outweighed the so-called "distance covered", it makes it even less so.

However, after reviewing your post, I think you should quit whatever job you are doing, and get a job in Government PR, or perhaps as a lobbyist on K Street.

You have promising talent.
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zipplewrath Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 06:52 PM
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59. few countries have
You'll find few countries over 200 years old that don't have similar paths in their history. Some have significantly worse. I don't wanna say we're some how the "best" but I'm not really ready to claim we are the worst either. It is that context that is missing from the book.
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TheWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:22 PM
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66. That was some amazing spin, that says absolutely nothing.
Sorry kid, I was born, but I wasn't born yesterday.

Like I said, Go work for the system.

It LOVES people like you.
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zipplewrath Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 09:17 AM
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91. Oh hardly
It's a variation of "the easiest thing to do is criticize". His book suggests that on some "absolute" terms that the US has been particularly "horrible". A comparison with other cultures/countries suggests that his bar is a tad high and that we've been relatively "nominal", and have excelled in some areas that others did not.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:31 PM
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49. Agreed. Everything else is just details.
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David Zephyr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:40 PM
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53. Zinn's "People's History" is the starting place, asdjrocky.
I give it away during the holiday season.
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asdjrocky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 07:52 PM
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61. Gave it to my daughter when she was 12, so she would question history taught in school.
I must be on my tenth copy because I'll give my current copy to anyone who shows even a little interest.
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donheld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:30 PM
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75. A must read!
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asdjrocky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 01:55 AM
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84. I can't hold onto the book.
I give it to anyone with even the slightest interest. I must be on my tenth copy now.
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dysfunctional press Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:50 PM
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70. it's some pretty heavy reading, though...
and the op was asking for something that was an easy read. that book will tear your guts out LONG before you even get to the 20th century.

the solution?

just read about the 20th century:

http://www.amazon.com/Twentieth-Century-Peoples-History...
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asdjrocky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 09:29 PM
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71. Truth matters.
And sometimes it hurts.
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dysfunctional press Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 11:11 PM
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77. and the op specifically asked for something "not too difficult of a read"...
howard zinn's book is still the roughest read i've ever had.
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asdjrocky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 01:53 AM
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83. I don't know what you mean by rough.
I found him a very easy read compared to many others. But that's just me. If you mean it's kind of rough as to what it reveals about America, it's history and it's political system, then yeah, it's kind of rough, but true.
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dysfunctional press Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 08:02 AM
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87. the second one.
it took me months to read it, because i'd have to put it down for weeks at a time.
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burrowowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 11:43 PM
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78. Zinn gives a good base
for understanding the other books. A must read!
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Dr.Phool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 11:59 PM
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79. That's probably the most important book I've ever read.
I've given away dozens of copies.

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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 08:07 AM
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88. +1
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Xicano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 02:59 PM
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6. Hoodwinked by John Perkins
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walnutpie Donating Member (117 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:00 PM
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7. Atlas Shrugged
Let them see what the other side really thinks...
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arcane1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:00 PM
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9. "Lies My Teacher Told Me" by James Loewen
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Xicano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:02 PM
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13. That's a good one too. I have a copy.
+1
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slampoet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:53 PM
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42. +1
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:00 PM
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10. "The Republican Noise Machine" by David Brock. Eye-opening and a good read. nt
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azmouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:01 PM
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11. Nixonland
Even though it's about the 1960s it does help to explain why the US is the way it is today.
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:03 PM
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15. Humor always helps sell things. Try "The Truth With Jokes" by Al Franken. n/t
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pretzel4gore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:11 PM
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19. 'Up from Conservativism' by Michael Lind
the gopig 'revolution' took place by design, and the blatant dishonesty inherent in it- the scheme to defraud the country's reactionaries- enabling the enemy to use the rightwingers as agents of change; which the rightwing itself meanwhile finds horrible. The neatness of the 'conservative' takeover of the country is explained, but Lind, who was a reagan repub thinker/scholar, explains how it's literally just taking candy from a baby, since using the most vile instincts of a population to empower those intent on stealing everything from that population, is so easy it's amazing that leftwing liberals don't do it (not to steal, but to invest in the commons etc)
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:19 PM
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21. The Ugly American. nt
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:22 PM
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23. "Catch-22" the definitive exploration of American life, politics, and nuttiness.
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wickerwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:23 PM
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24. David Brock - Blinded by the Right
I think you have to start by making people aware of the extent of the system that is lying to them. Then put them on to Howard Zinn and then Ehrenreich, Molly Ivins, etc.
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:31 PM
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34. And his "The Republican Noise Machine." nt
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:23 PM
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25. JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters
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peace frog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:32 PM
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36. +1111111111111
Highly recommended reading.
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Berry Cool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:33 PM
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26. "The Man Who Sold the World"
Explodes the Ronald Reagan myth beautifully.
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Ernesto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:08 PM
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44. TRUE!
"Take down this myth" is also a good read on st. ronnie.
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tech9413 Donating Member (294 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:51 PM
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28. For the truly uninformed, Hartmann "What Would Jefferson Do"
It presents the facts, without detail, in comic book format that can be absorbed by the eight grade mentality that abounds. I'm sorry to say that a good percentage of our country will have to start at that level before they can deal with footnotes and detailed facts that are presented in other recommendations from the likes of Zinn, Klein, Hartmann, and so many others.

For those that don't read, and that number is astounding, recommend radio shows like Ian Masters, Lila Garrette, "This is Hell", and Hartmann. Between those few you will get a serious, intelligent discussion of issues with interviews of truly knowledgeable resources.
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wickerwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:45 PM
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40. Also Calvin and Hobbes and Doonesbury.




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TheCowsCameHome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:11 PM
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29. My Pet Goat.
No wait, I thought you meant.....
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PuraVidaDreamin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:16 PM
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30. The Wrecking Crew- Thomas Frank
How conservatives ruined government, enriched themselves,
and beggared the nation.
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apocalypsehow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:17 PM
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31. "Nixonland" by Rick Perlstein. n/t.
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HopeHoops Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:28 PM
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32. Animal Farm - but they wouldn't understand it.
(sigh)
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AngryAmish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:30 PM
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33. Pop. 1280
You think you can change peoples minds. It is not possible. I just like this book. It's fun. Maybe "Scoop" too.
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omega minimo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:32 PM
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35. 1984
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gmoney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:10 PM
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65. especially the "Goldstein's Book" parts...
it really spells out the motivations and methods of the powerful.
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omega minimo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:40 PM
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67. anyone can read and relate
and maybe keep track with a checklist of everything they recognize already occurring....

:hi:
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:33 PM
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37. "The Italian Letter"
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The_Commonist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:40 PM
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38. Everything You Know is Wrong
http://www.amazon.com/Everything-You-Know-Wrong-Disinfo...

Or anything and everything else by The Disinformation Company.
This is exactly the purpose of these books, to inform the misinformed about how the world REALLY works.
There is no better place to start...
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flyarm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:42 PM
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39. THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS by Jon Ronson
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Dr.Phool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 12:04 AM
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81. Guy Savelli, the martial artist in there was my first instructor back in '73.
He was a whack job back then too.
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earth mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:52 PM
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41. Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins
(just saw that John Perkins has a new book upthread, haven't read it so I'm recommending the one I have read)

Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
The End of America by Naomi Wolf
Also books by Barbara Ehrenreich, Michael Moore and Thom Hartmann.
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Ernesto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:12 PM
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45. "Greenspan's Fraud"
By Ravi Batra is a great expose of republican kleptocracy.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:12 PM
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46. I like this John Dean book
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vanbean Donating Member (957 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:20 PM
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47. The Bible.
:sarcasm:
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TheWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:33 PM
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50. Confessions Of An Economic Hitman. John Perkins.
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 05:35 PM by TheWatcher
The Creature From Jekyll Island. G. Edward Griffin.
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Truth2Tell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:05 PM
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63. +1 on Economic Hitman. I pass that one around a lot. nt
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B Calm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:36 PM
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51. What's the Matter With Kansas? book by Thomas Frank
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 05:44 PM by B Calm
http://www.amazon.com/Whats-Matter-Kansas-Conservatives...


97 of 108 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars Orwell was right about 1984, and Thomas Frank explains 2004, July 9, 2004
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In his book 1984, George Orwell described the state of perpetual war in his fictional future society by saying that the war wasn't meant to be won, it was only meant to be continuous. In WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS?, Thomas Frank illustrates how, and how effectively, the neoconservative right has implemented Orwell's concepts via a neverending war over culture and values.
Using his home state of Kansas as the model and focal point, Frank asks rhetorically why it is that Kansans so willingly espouse right-wing social issues (creationism, defunding public schools, prayer in schools, pro-life) while simultaneously allowing their state to become economically devastated by Republican free market policies of unfettered, unregulated capitalism. In other words, why do Kansans (and many other Red Staters) vote consistently against their pocketbooks, against their own economic self-interest?

With great specificity, Frank illustrates these behaviors and their devastating economic consequences by describing individuals and communities in Kansas. These are some of the strongest parts of his book, since they demonstrate through real people and real towns how life has changed, and continues to change, under Republican conservative rule. If anything, Frank could use more of these examples, particularly more description of some of the small towns and communities in his state that are dying a slow and tortured economic death. Regardless, the examples given convey the sense that Kansans are voting Red even as they vote themselves economically dead.

Frank correctly ascribes this seemingly self-contradictory behavior to the idea that Conservatives have discovered a means to incite permanent "backlash" among the Red Staters through culture wars. Whatever the issue, whether it's Janet Jackson's right breast or gay marriage in Massachusetts, Conservative politicians whip up fierce indignation and activism by threatening the loss of American moral values to the eastern, intellectual elite who support the denigration of those values and the denial of moral absolutes. And, as Frank points out, despite years of bitter denunciation, almost nothing has changed. The war rages on, but the Conservatives rarely win even a skirmish.

By focusing attention on culture issues, the Conservatives not only distract their followers from economic concerns, they remove capitalism itself as an issue. For Red Staters, capitalism is a natural force, and free markets are an absolute good. Concerns about environment, globalization, estate taxes, Wal-Martization, health and welfare all disappear, since laissez-faire is an inviolable principle. Capitalism cannot and must not be regulated in this worldview, and any restrictions and regulations designed to "thwart" it are necessarily wrong if not evil. The fact that culture itself -- MTV, Hollywood, Howard Stern, Fear Factor -- is a capitalist product that follows the same profit motivations goes unnoticed. In Kansas, as in most places, there is no connection in people's minds between culture and capitalism.

Frank has put his thumb directly on the source of America's current problems, the so-called Red State, Blue State divide. As I write this review on July 9, 2004, the United States remains embroiled in Iraq and Afghanistan, our standing in the world is at an all-time low, Tom Ridge is warning against another imminent Al-Qaeda attack, the country is hemorrhaging jobs, young kids can less and less afford to go to college, gas and milk prices have soared to all-time highs, working men and women can't make ends meet even with two or more jobs, millions are without health insurance, the President claims the power to arrest and detain anyone he chooses without legal representation, and our education system is becoming enslaved to meaningless standardized tests. What solutions does our Republican President and Republican legislative branch offer? The Senate is too busy preparing for an all-out legislative war over a Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage to worry about real problems. The newspaper every day tells us just how correct Thomas Frank is in his analysis. Kansas isn't just Kansas, Kansis is us!

Anyone who truly wants to understand today's upside-down political world, who wants to understand how middle class people can enthusiastically support tax cuts that give them nothing and the rich more money and power, should read WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS? Mr. Frank offers clear and straightforward explanation of this bizarre phenomenon, and his insights and implications should send chills down the spines of those who espouse a free, fair, and open society. To quote Frank's closing line: that the "fever-dream of martyrdom that Kansas follows today...invites us all to join in, to lay down our lives so others might cash out at the top; to renounce forever our middle-American prosperity in pursuit of a crimson fantasy of middle-American righteousness." How much better can it be said?
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omega minimo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:41 PM
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68. All of Frank's work, including The Baffler.
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anonymous171 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:41 PM
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54. Anything by Noam Chomsy. nt
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 05:41 PM by anonymous171
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CBR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:42 PM
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55. News: The Politics of Illusion by Lance Bennett and
The Problem with the Media by Robert McChesney.
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Ruby the Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 06:30 PM
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58. Another vote for Shock Doctrine. Second is Ravi Batra's "The Coming Golden Age"
The latter goes through cycles in history from worship of greed (Wall Street, athletes, money in general) to worship of work (military/blue collar/police/teachers) and how we are about to move from the former and go back to the latter.

He is a brilliant economist, but this is written for the everyman.
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Kber Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 07:44 PM
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60. I would recommend "What to Expect when you are Expecting" to anyone wanting to legislate
the relationship of women and their doctors.

It's an essentially "pro-birth" book in that it's written for people who generally want to be pregnant and carry to term.

However, it lays out the medical facts of dangerous pregnancies and discusses, in terms purely related to the your health, why abortion may sometimes be necessary, even for women who want children.

You can't legislate ectopic pregnancies out ot existence, no matter how many votes you think you can get, and it's plain dangerous to try.
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Cass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:03 PM
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62. Conservatives Without Conscience by John Dean and An Economic Hitman by John Perkins.
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 08:04 PM by Cass
Those were 2 very eye-opening books.

I haven't yet read The Shock Doctrine but I hear it is a must-read so it is next on my list.


edit: oops, that's Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins.
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timeforpeace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:08 PM
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64. "Don't Expect All The Answers From Just One Book" by Seymour Butts.
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dysfunctional press Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:46 PM
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69. Tear Down This Myth: How the Reagan Legacy Has Distorted Our Politics and Haunts Our Future
http://www.amazon.com/Tear-Down-This-Myth-Distorted/dp/...



some of the other books mentioned are some pretty heavy reading.
this one isn't.
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 09:48 PM
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72. The Shock Doctrine.
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scheming daemons Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 09:50 PM
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73. "The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark" - by Carl Sagan

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Dr.Phool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 12:02 AM
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80. Awesome book.
I loaned my copy and never got it back. I'll have to get another so I can read it again.
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AwakeAtLast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:10 PM
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74. An Inconvenient Truth - Al Gore
We need to make this list a sticky somewhere! :think:
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HCE SuiGeneris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:38 PM
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76. "Going Rouge"
or Rogue if you prefer... :9
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Dr.Phool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 12:09 AM
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82. Kick and rec!
So people can keep adding to the list.

Funny, I've read almost everything on it.
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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 01:59 AM
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85. "everything you know is wrong" by imadeitup.
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Greyhound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 02:03 AM
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86. For only a single book I'd have to go with Zinn's "A People's History" as well.
If they read that and are not compelled to learn more, they're a lost cause, IMO.


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thesquanderer Donating Member (647 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 08:45 AM
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90. I love the idea of this thread
It's an interesting list of books. Though the varied responses indicate different ideas of what you're trying to accomplish by giving someone this book.

I think, regardless of what aspect of things you choose to emphasize in your choice of book, it's important to pick books that aren't designed strictly to preach to the choir. That is, if you want to have a hope of persuading an open-minded person, you need something that's neither talks down to nor insults people who aren't already in the camp. Not all books we may like can accomplish that.
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leave iraq Donating Member (47 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 09:21 AM
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92. Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire
part one of the Chalmers Johnson trilogy

part two and three

* The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic
* Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic.
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booley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 09:25 AM
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93. best democracy money can buy
still sadly relevant after all these years
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