Issue 1 – January 2005

Year in Review Essay
The Online Review Announces Its 2004 Books of the Year by J. F. Miglio
Books of the Year (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 (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
The Perfect Enemy  By John Kaminski
George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography   By Webster Griffin Tarpley And Anton Chaitkin
You're Not Stupid! Get the Truth  By William John Cox
The Right Sex  By Michael R. Salinas
Helen the Transartist   By Anita Stairs-Oberlick
Wingbeat  By Marilyn Meredith
The American Reichstag  By Kamyar Arasteh
When Leslie Left  By Jennifer Rankins
Not Guilty Every Time  By Charles C. Hagan Jr.
Rebirth of a Realist  By David Truskoff
Caso English to Italian Dictionary  By Adolph Caso
The Freedom Stairs  By Marilyn Weymouth Seguin

Recommended Reads

If you are an independent or small press publisher and would like to submit your books for consideration to” Recommended Reads,” click here.

The Perfect Enemy
By John Kaminski
A compilation of Internet essays that challenges the conventional wisdom of many of the critical issues of our time, including 9/11.

George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography
By Webster Griffin Tarpley
And Anton Chaitkin
Compelling and well-researched account of the Bush family dynasty and their connections to the Skull and Bones society, Brown Brothers Harriman, and Hitler and the Nazis, among others. …Read Reviews

You’re Not Stupid! Get the Truth
By William John Cox
Comprehensive evaluation and indictment of the Bush presidency. Includes analysis of dirty tricks in the 2002 midterm election and an examination of electronic voting machines manufactured by right-wing companies like Diebold. …Read Reviews

The Right Sex
By Michael R. Salinas
Provocative story about a man’s sex reassignment in a wrongful death case in which attorneys argue about chromosomes and the legal definition of marriage.

Helen the Transartist
By Anita Stairs-Oberlick
Delightful story for girls about a 12-year-old who discovers she is a “transartist” when the drawings she loves to create become reality.

By Marilyn Meredith
Mystery involving “the wingbeat of an owl-a harbinger of danger; suspicious newcomers and a hidden marijuana farm… and death.”…Read Review

The American Reichstag
By Kamyar Arasteh
“A Psychopolitical Analysis of 9/11 and Its Aftermath.”

When Leslie Left
By Jennifer Rankins
Compelling story of domestic abuse “when love goes brutally wrong.”

Not Guilty Every Time
By Charles C. Hagan Jr.
An attorney’s view of “what it is like to try real cases in front of real juries.”

Rebirth of a Realist
By David Truskoff
Memoir of a progressive American’s view of U.S. social and political events in 20th century.

Caso English to Italian Dictionary
By Adolph Caso
Comprehensive book of English to Italian vocabulary and definitions.

The Freedom Stairs
By Marilyn Weymouth Seguin
The story of Adam Lowry Rankin, Underground Railroad Conductor.


If you are an independent or small press publisher and would like to submit your book(s) for consideration to” Recommended Reads,”

click here.


Book submission deadline is
the 20th of each month.


Links For Independent Writers & Publishers

• Publishers Marketing Association (PMA): Largest non-profit trade association helping independent publishers
• Small Press Center: Non-profit organization designed to help small independent book publishers
• Complete list of book publishers & publishing info
• Acqweb: Book acquisition site for librarians
• Registry of electronic publications
• Major book and publishing data
• E-commerce site for global bookselling
• Informative and helpful site for independent writers and self-publishers.
• The Center for the Book: Book fairs & literary events
• American Booksellers Association: Organization for independently owned bookstores
• Site listing book distributors and wholesalers
• Dowse: A list of e-book publishers
• Internet Publishing: Tips about online publishing from Piers Anthony
• Online Books Page: Listings of books online, news, & features
• Independent Publishers Bestsellers Hall of Fame: Title says it all
• Book Family of bookseller Web sites
• Independent authors from around the world
• Author Yellow Pages: Online author directory
• Dan Poynter’s Para Publishing: The Godfather of self publishing
• Global book club & reading group
• Over 90 pages of inspired marketing ideas for small business owners and self-published authors.

The Online Review
Announces Its 2004
Books of the Year

By J. F. Miglio

Our first year was a memorable one, for not only did we receive hundreds of high-quality, independently published books from a variety of genres, but several of them were quite controversial and on the cutting edge of contemporary culture.

In addition, we did interviews and essays on the most important current events of the year, including the war on terrorism, the disastrous policies of the Bush administration, and the destructive influence of corporate America and the mass media over our daily lives.

It is also worth noting that November’s essay, “Was the Presidential Election Between Bush and Kerry Rigged?”, brought a huge response from our readers, registering over 25,000 hits in one day! December’s essay, “How Democrats Enabled Republicans to Steal 2004 Presidential Election,” also generated enormous feedback, and both essays were picked up and posted on over two dozen Web sites, including Buzzflash, the Baltimore Sun, and the DailyKos.

As of this writing, the fraud surrounding the 2004 presidential election– without question the story of the year– is still being diligently researched, reported and analyzed by a variety of progressive online publications and blogs. And the outcome of this story, which ultimately will determine whether the United States is left with even a shred of democracy, continues to be debunked and given short shrift by the mainstream news media.

As a result, I believe that for a growing number of discriminating Americans, 2004 will stand out as the year when independent online news sources came into their own and replaced the corporate-controlled mainstream news media as the primary source for truth and information in our society today.

With this in mind, I am proud to announce the winners of our 2004 Books of the Year. Since the process of judging books is so subjective– and we had so many good choices– it was impossible to assign first, second, or third positions to each book. Instead we decided to give all our choices equal weight and designate each choice as a “Book of the Year.”


If you are an independent or small press publisher and would like to submit your book(s) for consideration to” Recommended Reads,”

click here.


Book submission deadline is
the 20th of each month.
Books of the Year

OR Books of the 2004
The Assassination of
Julius Caesar

By Michael Parenti
Pulitzer-prize nominated 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 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 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

OR Books of the 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 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.


Links For Progressive Publications & Organizations

• Influential democracy in action group
• The “Unconventional wisdom since 1865.”
• Air America Radio: “Unabashed liberal talk radio and humor.”
• Counterpunch: Hard-hitting alternative news and essays
• Headlines and stories from dozens of alternative publications
• Democracy Now!: Complete and comprehensive presentation of alternative news and analysis with Amy Goodman leading the charge.
• National listener supported news and information.
• Pacifica Radio: Listener-sponsored radio featuring alternative news and community service.
• Greg One-man army of investigative journalism.
• From the Wilderness: Radical alternative news and essays
• Tom Alternative news and essays
• Mother Alternative and environmental news
• Liberalism Resurgent: Wealth of information on liberalism & politics
• The Foundation for Taxpayers & Consumer Rights: Loads of information about social and consumer issues
• A compendium of TV news lies
• In the Spotlight: Unsettling information about the voting process in America
• The Rest of Story: Alternative news on the media
• Judicial Watch: Legal watchdog information
• The Center for Public Integrity: Public service journalism
• People for the American Way

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