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The Perfect Enemy
George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography
You’re Not Stupid! Get the Truth
The Right Sex
Helen the Transartist
The American Reichstag
When Leslie Left
Not Guilty Every Time
Rebirth of a Realist
Caso English to Italian Dictionary
The Freedom Stairs
The Online Review
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.”