Issue 3 – March 2006

Current Affairs Essay
To Everyone Who Voted for George W. Bush: How Do You Like Your Boy Now? by J. F. Miglio
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
The Culture Struggle  By Michael Parenti
Pleasant Hell  By John Dolan
Tiboli Taboo  By Christopher Howard
Cricket's Journey  By Barry T. Rubin
Custody of the Eyes  By Diamela Eltit
The Good I Stand On  By David Tucholski
Night Work  By Rush Williams
Backlot Requiem: A Rick Walker Mystery  By G.E. Nordell
The Devil's Halo  By Chris Fox
Early Zimbabwe: Memoir of a Quaker at Home in a Jesuit Mission  By Dyck W. Vermilye
Vietnam, No Regrets: One Soldier's Tour of Duty  By J. Richard Watkins
The Perfect Assassin  By Ward Larsen
Hollywood and Sunset  By Luke Salisbury
Axiom: The Second American Civil War  By T. Edward Allen

Recommended Reads

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The Culture Struggle
By Michael Parenti


www.sevenstories.com
www.michaelparenti.org
(Nonfiction)
Insightful and provocative analysis of culture in modern society, including such topics as “Psychiatry as a Control Weapon,” “Slavery and Gentlemen Imperialists,” and “The Myth of Individuality.”

Pleasant Hell
By John Dolan


www.capricornpublishing.com
(Fiction)
Witty and self-deprecating confessional about a misanthropic college professor’s life and struggle for meaning in a hostile and unforgiving world.

Tiboli Taboo
By Christopher Howard


www.capricornpublishing.com
(Fiction)
Hard-hitting, realistic tale about an Army infantry team that steals a bizarre Mohammedan artifact and provokes the wrath of a centuries-old Moslem brotherhood.

Cricket’s Journey
By Barry T. Rubin


www.bazzawan.com
(Fiction)
Beautifully illustrated book of philosophical lessons presented by Shao Lin priests to their young disciple, known as “Cricket,” on his journey to spiritual enlightenment.

Custody of the Eyes
By Diamela Eltit


www.lumenbooks.org
(Fiction)
Poetically written, avant-garde story of a family living amidst repression and perpetual surveillance in Augusto Pinochet’s Chile.

The Good I Stand On
By David Tucholski


www.thegoodistandon.com
(Fiction)
Well-written, heartfelt story of how a young boy’s life is consumed by the events leading up to an old man’s death.

Night Work
By Rush Williams

www.nightworkrwilliams.com
(Fiction)
Fast-paced narrative about a straight-laced company man who loses his job and learns some tough lessons about life as he helps solve a murder mystery.

Backlot Requiem: A Rick Walker Mystery
By G.E. Nordell


www.RickWalkerPI.com
(Fiction)
Hard-boiled murder mystery set in 1950s Los Angeles about a private investigator called in to solve a thirty-year-old murder case when a body is unearthed at a Hollywood studio.…Read Review

The Devil’s Halo
By Chris Fox


www.TheDevilsHalo.co.uk
(Fiction)
&nbsp Exciting spy thriller about the militarization of space and how even family members can become adversaries in the dangerous game of espionage and world domination.
…Read Review

Early Zimbabwe: Memoir of a Quaker at Home in a Jesuit Mission
By Dyck W. Vermilye


http://www.elitebooksonline.com
(Nonfiction)
Engaging memoir about how a middle-aged man opens his eyes and discovers the truth about the human condition while living in Zimbabwe.

Vietnam, No Regrets: One Soldier’s Tour of Duty
By J. Richard Watkins


www.vietnamnoregrets.com
www.aventinepress.com
(Nonfiction)
Gritty, true account of a soldier’s tour of duty and how he survived the killing fields of Vietnam.

The Perfect Assassin
By Ward Larsen


www.oceanviewpub.com
www.maryglenn.com
(Fiction)
Fast-paced thriller about a woman sailing solo who fishes an Israeli assassin out of the ocean and embarks on a life and death adventure involving intrigue and espionage.

Hollywood and Sunset
By Luke Salisbury
www.shamblinggate.com
(Fiction)
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.

Axiom: The Second
American Civil War

By T. Edward Allen
www.axiom-thenovel.com
(Fiction)
Dystopian tale about one man and his family who are caught in the middle of chaos as the world economy collapses and America is brought to the brink of World War III.

 

If you are an independent, small press, or traditional 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
• Bookwired.com: Author/reader resource for book reviews and news
• WriteLinks.com: Complete list of book publishers & publishing info
• Acqweb: Book acquisition site for librarians
• Books-in-Print.com: Registry of electronic publications
• Bowker.com: Major book and publishing data
• PubEasy.com: E-commerce site for global bookselling
• Published.com: 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
• Business.com: 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 Sense.com: Family of bookseller Web sites
• Nospine.com: Independent authors from around the world
• Author Yellow Pages: Online author directory
• Dan Poynter’s Para Publishing: The Godfather of self publishing
• Bookcrossing.com: Global book club & reading group
• Newradiance.com: Over 90 pages of inspired marketing ideas for small business owners and self-published authors.

To Everyone Who Voted for George W. Bush: How Do You Like Your Boy Now?

By J. F. Miglio

How do you like living with an illegitimate, unwinnable war in Iraq that has needlessly killed tens of thousands of human beings and cost the U.S. taxpayer over $300 billion?

How do you like living under an administration that has encouraged torture and murder at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo and allowed innocent people to rot in prison without legal recourse?

How do you like the fact that $9 billion is missing from the budget in Iraq and no one knows where it has gone?

How do you like living with the knowledge that your government is wiretapping and eavesdropping on its citizens without a warrant?

How do you like the fact that the rest of the world hates our guts?

How do you like losing your job, or having it outsourced?

How do you like living with the largest deficit and national debt in history?

How do you like paying more for your health insurance, or not having any health insurance at all?

How do you like living with an administration that has done nothing to curtail global warming, and even doubts that burning fossil fuels has anything to do with it?

How do you like paying exorbitant prices for your prescription drugs while the pharmaceutical companies get rich?

How do you like paying up to $3 a gallon for gas while the oil companies earn their largest profits in history?

How do you like an administration that uses your hard-earned tax dollars for no-bid contracts that benefit companies like Halliburton, the Carlyle Group, and Bechtel?

How do you like tax cuts that primarily benefit the wealthiest members of society while your standard of living continues to decline?

How do you like the fact that the federal government is loaded with incompetent cronies who don’t know how to respond to natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina?

How do you like the way the Bush administration has lowered standards for clean air and water and allowed more toxic wastes into the environment?

How did you like the way government regulations have been relaxed in the mining industry so that miners died because they didn’t have the proper safeguards?

How do you like the way lobbyists for special interest groups push through legislation in the Congress to benefit their clients at your expense?

How do you like guys like Tom DeLay, Jack Abramoff, and all the other sleazy pals of the Bush administration who have swindled American taxpayers out of millions?

How do you like listening to a president who can’t string two sentences together without lying or using improper grammar?

How do you like a having a vice president who tells a senator to go fuck himself, who outs a CIA agent, and who is so careless he shoots his own friend in the face while hunting?

How do you like living with the knowledge that both presidential elections were probably rigged?

How do you like living with the knowledge that the Bush family and the bin Laden family were business partners and that Osama bin Laden has still not been captured?

How do you like living with the knowledge that there is a mountain of evidence that either the Bush administration planned 9/11 or allowed it happen?

How do you like having the mainstream news media act like a public relations arm of the Bush administration so that you only get the news they want you to get?

How do you like the daily dose of lies, hypocrisy, and propaganda from Scott McClellan as he attempts to hide the truth behind Bush administration policy?

How do you like the fact that the Bush administration signed over our ports and security to the United Arab Emirates in the name of globalization?

How do you like the fact that since the Republicans control both the House and the Senate (thanks to your votes– and a little help from Diebold), impeachment is not a realistic option, and we are stuck with Bush and Cheney for almost three more years?

How do you like living in a corporate fascist state?

And finally, how do you like living with your conscience, knowing that democracy is dead and you helped to kill it?

Book of the Year
(Nonfiction 2005)

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


noelle.murrain@harpercollins.com
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 2005
Clearing Customs
By Martha Egan


www.papalotepress.com
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 2004
The Assassination of
Julius Caesar

By Michael Parenti


www.michaelparenti.org/Caesar.html
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


www.progressivepress.com
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


www.fromthewilderness.com
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 2004
Candle in a Dark Time
By Virginia Stuart


www.redhummingbirdpress.com
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


www.mylifebyjesuschrist.com
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


www.xlibris.com
franklin80@comcast.net
Award-winning historical novel that explores the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his slaves, especially Sally Hemings and her children.

 

If you are an independent, small press, or traditional 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 Progressive Publications & Organizations

• MoveOn.org: Influential democracy in action group
• The Nation.com: “Unconventional wisdom since 1865.”
• Air America Radio: “Unabashed liberal talk radio and humor.”
• Counterpunch: Hard-hitting alternative news and essays
• Buzzflash.com: 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.
• NPR.org: National listener supported news and information.
• Pacifica Radio: Listener-sponsored radio featuring alternative news and community service.
• Greg Palast.com: One-man army of investigative journalism.
• From the Wilderness: Radical alternative news and essays
• Tom Paine.com: Alternative news and essays
• Mother Jones.com: 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
• TvNewsLies.org: 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
• PFAW.org: People for the American Way

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