Issue 01 – Jan/Feb 2007

Current Affairs Essay
Top 10 News Stories the Mainstream Media Ignored by J. F. Miglio
Featured Book
Sunshine Assassins  By J. F. Miglio
Book of the Year 2006 (Nonfiction)
Your Daily Walk with the Great Minds of the Past and Present  By Richard A. Singer Jr.
Book of the Year 2006 (Fiction)
Hollywood and Sunset  By Luke Salisbury
Book of the Year 2005 (Nonfiction)
Bush on the Couch  By Justin A. Frank, M.D.
Book of the Year 2005 (Fiction)
Clearing Customs  By Martha Egan
Books of the Year 2004 (Nonfiction)
The Assassination of Julius Caesar  By Michael Parenti
The War on Freedom  By Nafeez Mossaddeq Ahmed
Crossing the Rubicon  By Michael Ruppert
Books of the Year 2004 (Fiction)
Candle in a Dark Time  By Virginia Stuart
My Life: A Story By Jesus Christ  By Christopher Miller
The Others at Monticello  By Esther Franklin
Recommended Reads
A View from the Cheap Seats  By Ryan Latimer
How to Start a Virtual Bankruptcy Assistant Service  By Victoria Ring
Coyote Jack   By Jack Lyndon Thomas
The People of the Sea  By Scott Marcano
Melinda and the Wild West  By Linda Weaver Clarke
A Dog Called Leka  By Willard Manus
Before I Go  By Riley Weston
Cyber Lies: When Finding The Truth Matters  By John Paul Lucich
A Nation Gone Blind: America in an Age of Simplification and Deceit  By Eric Larsen
Unacceptable: The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina  By Walter M. Brasch
Intertwined in Limbo: Tales of Horror and the Outre  By David Maurice Garrett
American Hiroshima  By David D. Dionisi
I Love You Madly! On Passion, Personality and Personal Growth  By Robert M. Gordon, Ph.D.
The God-Man  By Robert Spearman

Recommended Reads

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A View from the Cheap Seats
By Ryan Latimer
Advice and opinions about life from a 23-year-old who views the world from the cheap seats.

How to Start a Virtual
Bankruptcy Assistant Service

By Victoria Ring
Comprehensive manual on how to start your own business working as a virtual bankruptcy assistant for attorneys nationwide.

Coyote Jack
By Jack Lyndon Thomas
Compelling personal account of a soldier’s experiences and adventures in Vietnam that led him to a fuller and more meaningful understanding of life.

The People of the Sea
By Scott Marcano
Imaginative tale about the desperate struggle of two young lovers separated by war, trying to find each other while fighting to find a fantastic world built upon the sea.
…Read Review

Melinda and the Wild West
By Linda Weaver Clarke
Engaging story about a young woman from Boston who moves to the Wild West in 1896 and faces many dangers and obstacles, including a mysterious stranger who offers her love.

A Dog Called Leka
By Willard Manus
(Children/Young Adult Fiction)
Exciting yarn about an American boy, his remarkable dog, and their adventures as they sail among the Greek isles in a catamaran built by the boy himself.

Before I Go
By Riley Weston
Touching story about a young Olympic hopeful, the compelling bond between a mother and daughter, and true love.

Cyber Lies: When Finding
The Truth Matters

By John Paul Lucich
Informative how-to manual for spouses who want to discover the truth about their husbands or wives by using computer forensics in cases involving divorce, fraud, and deception.

A Nation Gone Blind:
America in an Age of Simplification and Deceit

By Eric Larsen
&nbsp Three compelling essays about how America has become increasingly blind to its steady drift into political and intellectual tyranny.
…Read Review

Unacceptable: The Federal
Response to Hurricane Katrina

By Walter M. Brasch
A well-researched examination of Hurricane Katrina and why the government’s response to it was a systematic failure at all levels.

Intertwined in Limbo: Tales
of Horror and the Outre

By David Maurice Garrett
A provocative collection of short horror stories, weird tales, and bizarre poetry.

American Hiroshima
By David D. Dionisi
An in-depth study of why the United States should develop new strategies to deal with the root causes of terrorism or suffer the consequences of terrorist attacks many times worse than 9/11.

I Love You Madly!
On Passion, Personality
and Personal Growth

By Robert M. Gordon, Ph.D.
A veteran psychoanalyst examines the true nature of love vis-�-vis his own relationship with a Russian artist and his psychotherapy sessions with a troubled patient.

The God-Man
By Robert Spearman
An inspiring guide to understanding the Godhead , the two natures of Jesus Christ, and God and man working together to save mankind.


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the 20th of each month.


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Top 10 News Stories the
Mainstream Media Ignored

By J. F. Miglio

The Online Review of Books & Current Affairs (OR) has been in business now for three years. The ten news stories listed below are the most important ones the mainstream news media (MNM) have ignored during that time.

10. National Renewable Energy:
Although the MNM have finally begun to report the danger of global warming (about 30 years too late, of course), they still refuse to do in-depth reporting and analysis about the feasibility of renewable energy and how we could all be living in photoelectric homes and driving electric cars were it not for the omnipotence and greed of the fossil fuels industry and the obtuseness of automobile manufacturers. I’ve been writing about this subject for over 25 years, but the mass public has been tuned out. Which is why they believe the corporate myths that photovoltaic technology, wind turbines, and electric cars are better suited for Flash Gordon films and the delusions of environmental extremists. Check out the OR version of reality.

Can Renewable Energy Rise from the Ashes as a Hot Political Issue?

9. The Unwinnable War on Terrorism: When members of the MNM were tripping over themselves after 9/11 to report George W. Bush’s lies and propaganda about the phony war on terrorism, they missed the real story. Fortunately, yours truly didn’t.

The United States Cannot Win the War On Terrorism with Its Military.

8. The Criminal Nature of the Bush Administration: Even after six years of lies, larceny, wiretapping, torture, and constitutional malfeasance, mainstream news reporters still cover the Bush administration as if it’s a legitimate government organization instead of a second-rate crime family. Lucky for you the OR is not that stupid.

Loyalty, Lies and Lots of Loot Link “Badfellas” of Bush Administration

7. The Truth about 9/11:
Despite hundreds of unanswered questions and glaring inconsistencies about that tragic day, the MNM still haven’t touched the story. I guess they think the 9/11 Commission Report “closes” the case, just like the Warren Commission “closed” the Kennedy assassination. As a result, only “conspiracy nuts” like me are willing to offer alternative viewpoints and information.

Will the Mainstream News Media Ever Expose the Truth About 9/11?

6. The Real Reasons We Went to War in Iraq: Can you say brain dead? It’s been obvious from the very beginning why we invaded Iraq, yet the MNM refuse to analyze the real reasons why the Bush administration went to war in the first place, why we are still there, and why we will remain there for the foreseeable future.

Mainstream Media Still Won’t Discuss The Real Reasons for War in Iraq

Real Reason George W. Bush Will Not Withdraw U.S. Troops from Iraq

5. The Call for Bush’s Resignation: After Bill Clinton was caught lying about whether he had sex with Monica Lewinsky, many of the nation’s top newspapers, including USA Today, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Seattle Times, called for “Slick Willie’s” resignation. Alas, not one major newspaper in America so far has called for George W. Bush to step down. I guess in the eyes of the MNM, lying about getting a blowjob is worse than lying about the reasons to go to war and killing thousands of innocent people in the process.

Impeachment… Censure…
Indictment… Whatever…
George W. Bush Must Go

4. National Health Care: Other than to demonize it as “socialized medicine,” or recount the old insurance company saw about how long everyone will wait in line to see a doctor, the MNM have been ignoring this story ever since Harry Truman. Nevertheless, in California this year, the Legislature passed SB 840, a universal health care plan, only to have it vetoed by the Golden State’s leading insurance lobby sycophant and resident muscle head, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Ironic, isn’t it, that Arnold tripped over his own skis and broke his leg while skiing over the Christmas holidays. I hope he gets the karmic message when SB 840 is re-introduced in 2007.

Universal Health Care
Bill Introduced to Cover
All Residents of State

3. The Apathy of the American Public: The MNM can’t wait to cover the next Britney Spears or Paris Hilton debacle or force feed the latest numbskull reality show to the mass public while never having the vision or decency to inform them that their democracy is turning into a Roman Coliseum right before their eyes. Good thing the OR isn’t blind.

Time for Americans to Accept
Responsibility for Their Own
Apathy and Misinformation

2. Real Campaign Finance Reform: Whatever happened to crusading journalism? Progressive reporters have been saying for decades that we need to take the money and corruption out of the political campaign system, but the MNM have never deigned to take up the cause. Yes, sir, don’t want to lose all that lucrative advertising money come election time. Might have to cut down CEO perks by a few million.

Real Campaign Finance Reform: Only Solution for Fair U.S. Elections

And the number one news story the MNM ignored during the past three years:

1. The Rigged Presidential Election of 2004: Brought to you by Diebold and the Republican Party, the rigged presidential election of 2004 was the crowning achievement of George W. Bush. Naturally, the MNM have continued to repeat the lie that Bush won the election “fair and square,” even though there are thousands of pages of documentation on how the election was stolen.

Was the Presidential
Election Between Bush
And Kerry Rigged?

How Democrats Enabled
Republicans to Steal the
2004 Presidential Election

Not to brag, but the OR was one of the first– if not the first online publication– to question the validity of the 2004 election. Our story received tens of thousands of page views, was picked up by dozens of online publications, and it sparked enormous controversy and discussion throughout the blogosphere.

So I guess you can say we’ve done our part to speak truth to power since we first appeared on the Internet three years ago. And we will continue this policy into 2007. Maybe this is the year the MNM will catch up to us and finally start reporting the truth as well– yeah, we all believe that, don’t we!


New Arrival

A bone-chilling political
morality fable…

— Midwest Book Review

Sunshine Assassins by John F. Miglio

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Sunshine Assassins
By John F. Miglio
Controversial political thriller about a band of democratic rebels and their attempt to overthrow the corporate fascist shadow government in the USA…Read Reviews


Book of the Year
(Nonfiction 2006)

OR Book of the year 2006
Your Daily Walk with the Great
Minds of the Past and Present

By Richard A. Singer Jr.

A terrific inspirational guide to personal transformation and spiritual development that uses quotes of famous people and insightful advice for every day of the year.


Book of the Year
(Fiction 2006)

OR Book of the Year 2006
Hollywood and Sunset
By Luke Salisbury

Witty and well written story about a writer from the East who takes a life-altering tour of 1916 Hollywood– in the company of D.W. Griffith, Lillian Gish, and Howard Gaye, an actor who likes to dress up as Jesus Christ.


Book of the Year
(Nonfiction 2005)

OR Book of the Year 2005
Bush on the Couch
By Justin A. Frank, M.D.

A compelling and insightful look into George W. Bush’s psyche, and how his deep-seeded fears, insecurities, and megalomania have undermined the safety of our country.


Book of the Year
(Fiction 2005)

OR Books of the Year 2005
Clearing Customs
By Martha Egan

A sinister, yet amusing tale of an ex-hippie owner of a small, struggling Latin American imports store who joins with her friends to fight corrupt custom officials whose harassment threatens to put her out of business.


Books of the Year
(Nonfiction 2004)

OR Books of the Year 2004
The Assassination of
Julius Caesar

By Michael Parenti

Award-winning author and scholar examines ancient Roman history from a populist viewpoint, arguing that Caesar was assassinated for being a champion of the people.

OR Books of the Year 2004
The War on Freedom
By Nafeez Mossaddeq Ahmed

Riveting and well-researched expose of how and why America was attacked on 9/11, including information about faked terrorism and mass media manipulation by the Bush administration.

OR Books of the Year 2004
Crossing the Rubicon
By Michael Ruppert

Hard-hitting, iconoclastic editor/publisher of “From the Wilderness” strips the power elite to the bone and takes a shocking look at the decline of the American empire at the end of the age of oil.


Books of the Year
(Fiction 2004)

OR Books of the Year 2004
Candle in a Dark Time
By Virginia Stuart

Compelling, emotionally charged story of how a Danish woman risks her life to save Jews from Nazis during World War II.

OR Books of the Year 2004
My Life: A Story
By Jesus Christ

By Christopher Miller

Innovative and provocative story of the life of Jesus Christ told as a first person narrative.

OR Books of the 2004
The Others at Monticello
By Esther Franklin

Award-winning historical novel that explores the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his slaves, especially Sally Hemings and her children.


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Book submission deadline is
the 20th of each month.


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