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David Swanson: All Wars Require Lies
The Real News Network
David Swanson is the author of "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union", and his latest book is called "War is a Lie", published in November 2010.
What's Your Story? Storytelling Workshop at davannayoga
Storytelling is the most natural form of verbal expression. Sharing stories isn't something we need to LEARN, like a new language, but rather something we need to remember is already a part of us. Join Dr. Lynn Rogers for a storytelling workshop at davannayoga on November 29 from 11 am to 3 pm.
National Book Award for Patti Smith
The rock musician Patti Smith won the National Book Award for nonfiction on Wednesday night for “Just Kids,” a sweetly evocative memoir of her relationship with the artist Robert Mapplethorpe and life in the bohemian New York of the 1960s and ’70s.
The Dragon in the Room
The Real News Network
Kevin Gallagher: Chinese investment in resources creating lopsided economy in Latin America.
Mexico Center Stage with 14 Authors at Miami Book Fair International
For the first time this year, the fair is dedicating its international space to one country — Mexico — in celebration of the bicentennial of the Central American nation’s independence and the centennial of its 1910 revolution.
Great Holiday Expectations for E-Readers
This could be the holiday season that American shoppers and e-readers are properly introduced. E-readers will be widely available at stores like Target, Best Buy and Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest retailer, and offered at prices that make sense for Christmas gifts — less than $150.
John Holloway, Crack Capitalism and Latin America
Radical sociologist and anti-capitalist writer John Holloway's latest work Crack Capitalism continues to explore the fundamental themes of how best to combat capitalism and change the world anew.
Indict Bush Now Supporters are Exposing Bush Wherever He Goes During Book Tour
Thanks to everyone for supporting IndictBushNow and helping us produce the striking banners that are being used in the protests outside of Bush book tour events in Miami, Dallas, and in cities and towns throughout the country.
How Affirmative Action Brought Willie Mays to the New York Giants
The story of how Mays broke into the majors is just one of the intriguing yarns in the well-researched “Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend,” by sportswriter James Hirsch and published by Simon & Schuster.
Unapologetic Bush Tries to Rewrite History
An emotional but unapologetic George W. Bush opened up about his tumultuous presidency Tuesday as he released memoirs in which he defiantly defends the Iraq invasion and the use of waterboarding.
"Point Dume" Aims to Settle the Debate Over California's Marijuana Legalization Initiative
Jason Leopold & Robert Corsini
Of all the arguments that have been made over the past year in support of California's initiative to legalize marijuana, perhaps the most convincing is the one found on page 237 of Katie Arnoldi's novel "Point Dume."
Stories to Save Lives
When public defender Andrea Lyon cross-examines the detective who kept her client’s arm handcuffed four feet in the air throughout twenty-six hours of questioning, she doesn’t spout statistics on false confessions or recite legalese about harsh interrogation techniques - she simply has herself handcuffed to the podium.
Southern Blacks’ Flight to Freedom Brought Oprah, Aretha, Cosby
In “The Warmth of Other Suns,” Isabel Wilkerson uses new census data and research to correct long-held perceptions that migrants fell short of northern blacks in terms of family stability, education and ambition.
Dancing with Dynamite Book Review: The Future of Latin America’s Leftist Movements
As fearless grassroots social movements have brought leftist, pro-worker parties to power in one after another Latin American country during the past decade, how do these movements maintain true democracy and commitment to the rights of the marginalized once faced with the challenge of a neoliberal global economy?
Nobel a Platform for Outspoken Vargas Llosa
The Nobel Prize in literature brings a long-awaited accolade to Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa, and also a new platform for him to assail leftist leaders Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Fidel Castro of Cuba.
Bob Woodward's "Obama's Wars" and the Importance of Reportage
Melvin A. Goodman
Bob Woodward's "Obama's Wars" offers a disturbing account of President Barack Obama's lack of leadership and the flawed decision-making practices of his national security team.
Fighting Femicide in Mexico and Throughout the Americas
"Terrorizing Women: Feminicide in the Americas" is a book that examines women's murders in Mexico, Central America and South America. Its chapters tell the personal stories of victims and their relatives, delve into femicide theories, portray the cross-border anti-violence movement, and explore the notion of transnational justice.
Book Review: 'Rival Rails' by Walter R. Borneman
The players in the transcontinental railroad saga were legion, and the knowledgeable author endeavors to cover them all.
Granta Names 22 Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists
At a news conference in Madrid, Granta and its sibling literary journal Granta en Español announced the 22 best young Spanish-language novelists, all of whom will appear in the magazines' November issues.
Support Los Mangos Library
Biblioteca Los Mangos is not just a library. It is a cultural and community center that depends solely on donations to keep it up and running. Times are tough. Actually, they are beyond tough. Los Mangos is now in a desperate position to bring in much needed funds. Here's how you can help.
Movement of the Moment Looks to Long-Ago Texts
The Tea Party is a thoroughly modern movement, organizing on Twitter and Facebook to become the most dynamic force of the midterm elections. But when it comes to ideology, it has reached back to dusty bookshelves for long-dormant ideas.
Pentagon Destroys Thousands of Copies of Army Officer's Memoir
The Department of Defense recently purchased and destroyed thousands of copies of an Army Reserve officer's memoir in an effort to safeguard state secrets, a spokeswoman said Saturday.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Reviewed
'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' is the second bestseller I've read this year to come out of Sweden. The first was the fascinating tale of a child vampire, 'Let the Right One In,' by John Lindqvist. I loved both the book and movie version, released respectively in 2004 and 2008.
Woodward Book Says Aides Doubt Obama’s Afghan Strategy
Members of President Barack Obama's national security team have waged an internal battle over Afghan policy that has been marked by bitter infighting, according to a new book by journalist Bob Woodward.
French Kidnap Convict Releases Book in Mexico
A Frenchwoman convicted in Mexico of kidnapping and sentenced to 60 years in prison has released a book about her case in an effort to pressure Mexican courts to accept her appeal.
Book Review on Bolivia - Dispersing Power: Social Movements as Anti-State Forces
In his first book translated to English, veteran Uruguayan journalist and scholar Raúl Zibechi draws on the Aymara city of El Alto in Bolivia as source of inspiration and possibility, a unique example among the many important popular and Indigenous struggles unfolding throughout Latin America.
Heading South for the Winter or a Lifetime – Making the Move to Mexico
Given that over the past 35 years author David Simmonds has lived in and traveled throughout Mexico - from the smallest, remote villages to the popular tourist meccas - it is safe to say that he understands Mexico inside & out, not just from what he's read in books, but because he has lived it.
Writer Jeffrey Round Returns With Third Whodunit
James K Moran
On a mysterious assignment at the famed Mexican resort, gay caballero Bradford Fairfax discovers he has far more to worry about than sand fleas and la turista in Jeffrey Round's Vanished in Vallarta.
Farmers Almanacs Make Winter Weather Predictions
Last winter there was record snowfall in the mid-Atlantic and unusually cold weather down South. So what's on tap this year? Find out what two dueling almanacs are predicting for the coming months.
López Obrador Releases Ninth Book
Former Mexico presidential candidate López Obrador recently announced that he is going to release a new book in which, with a wealth of detail, he will tell everything that happened during the hard-fought election of July 2, 2006.
‘Deliverance’: A Dark Heart Still Beating
James Dickey's “Deliverance” (1970), turns a youthful 40 this year. It’s a novel that I was happy to discover upon rereading it by a deep lake this summer — Dickey’s stuff is always best read beside a vaguely sinister body of water — has lost little of its sleekness or power. The book’s anniversary shouldn’t slip by unnoticed.
Not Written in Stone
Eleanor J. Bader
Kyle Ward's latest book, "Not Written in Stone," looks at the ways historical events have been presented to students over the past 200 years and offers textbook excerpts from multiple eras to illustrate the ways in which emphasis and details have changed over time.
Raising A Child With Asperger’s Syndrome
Until the summer of 2007, the word Asperger's, was not a part of Shonda Schilling's vocabulary, but that summer changed everything. By then, her household was in chaos as her son Grant spiraled out of control. Now in The Best Kind of Different, Shonda details every step of her family's journey with Asperger's, offering a parent's perspective on this complicated and increasingly common condition.
Broke, USA: From Pawnshops to Poverty Inc. - How the Working Poor Became Big Business
In the wake of President Obama's financial reform bill, Rivlin's detailed, engrossing account of the last twenty years of subprime mortgage hell and the rise of payday lending is timely.