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9/11: The Simple Facts
Why the Official Story Can’t Possibly Be True
Arthur Naiman with Gregg Roberts & AE911 Truth for WTC Technical Assistance
Books on 9/11 tend to get dismissed as “conspiracy theories” but that won’t work with this one, because it contains no theories at all about who did what. It simply focuses on flaws in the official version of events.
It begins by listing fourteen clearly...
A Good War Is Hard to Find
The Art of Violence in America
In the wake of the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib, American leaders from different fields, politics, journalism, law, psychiatry struggled to understand what happened in the notorious prison, and why. In this astonishingly elegant and passionate series of essays, David Griffth contends that our society’s shift from language to...
America’s Mayor, American’s President?
The Strange Career of Rudy Giuliani
Edited by Robert Polner with a Preface by Jimmy Breslin
Rudy Giuliani’s admirably flinty response to the horrifying events of 9-11 has made him a national hero, positioning him for his ultimate quest, the White House. But the outpouring of praise for his performance after Sept 11, 2001 has obscured many uncomfortable facts about...
America: A Prophecy
Sparrow, Edited by Marcus Boon
America: A Prophecy is the long awaited collection from the writer Robert Christgau called, “one of the funniest men in Manhattan.” From a hilarious spiritual guide to New York City–written after Sparrow tried meditating at a dozen high-traffic landmarks–to the scientific and religious significance of the sky, Sparrow’s unique blend of...
A gonzo Confederacy of Dunces mixed with Sarah, Choir Boy combines off-kilter humor and its own brand of modern day magic in a rollicking, bittersweet story about growing up different.
Twelve year old Berry wants nothing more than to remain a choir boy. Choral music and the prospect of divinity thrill him. His fellow humans-from his feuding parents to the teenage transsexual prostitute...
Coming of Age at the End of History
Camille de Toledo
Translated by Blake Ferris
Camille de Toledo’s Coming of Age at the End of History takes the vision of Hakim Bey’s “Temporary Autonomous Zones,” the incisiveness of Naomi Klein in her seminal treatise No Logo, and youthful idiosyncratic passion of William Upksi Wimsatt, and creates a new vision of political possibility for Generation Y.
Crouching Dragon, Hidden Tiger
Can China and India Dominate the West?
Prem Shankar Jha
The media is feeding upon the boastful self-confidence of a newly invigorated entrepreneurial class in India, and on the growing irritation with said Indian upstart in the Chinese leadership. To say that the two countries will dominate the global economy half a century hence if they stay on their present trajectories is...
Get Your War On
The Definitive Account of the War on Terror, 2001-2008
Introduction by Matt Taibbi
In the aftermath of 9/11, when experts and citizens rallied behind President George W. Bush and his worldwide “War on Terror,” a scrappy internet comic called “bullshit” on the whole undertaking and never looked back.
It’s taken years for conventional wisdom to catch up to...
Going to Heaven
It may be a uniquely American success story: not long ago, who would have thought that the son of tobacco sharecroppers in Kentucky could become an Episcopal bishop? No one could have predicted that this boy, born poor, ill, and given little chance of survival, would in fact be elected and ordained 56 years later as the first openly gay bishop in the Anglican Church, finding himself...
I Wouldn’t Start from Here
The 21st Century and Where It All Went Wrong
Introduction by Robert Young Pelton, author of The World’s Most Dangerous Places
Mueller wanders the world’s failed states, ravaged war zones, and desolate no-man’s-lands to comprehend why we snatch war from the jaws of peace, why so much that can go wrong does go wrong, over and over again (Iraq, Afghanistan,...
Journey to the End of Islam
Michael Muhammad Knight
In Journey to the End of Islam, Michael Muhammad Knight—whose work has led to him being hailed as both the Jack Kerouac and Hunter S. Thompson of American Islam—wanders through Muslim countries, navigating between conflicting visions of his religion. Visiting holy sites in Pakistan, Syria, Egypt, and Ethiopia, Knight engages both the puritanical Islam promoted...
No More Prisons: Urban Life, Homeschooling, Hip-Hop Leadership, the Cool Rich Kids Movement, a Hitchhiker’s Guide to Community Organizing, and Why Philanthropy Is the Greatest Art Form of the 21st Century!
William Upski Wimsatt
In this follow-up to the underground best-seller Bomb the Suburbs, William Upski Wimsatt expands his focus from culture into politics. Despite the title, this book is only...
On the Lower Frequencies: A Secret History of the City
Erick Lyle, a.k.a. Iggy Scam
Iggy Scam’s Secret History of the City is both a manual, a memoir and a history of creative resistance and fun in a world run rotten with poverty and war. Whether handing out fake Starbucks coupons for free coffee, dropping flyers on mall-goer’s heads that say “aren’t you glad this isn’t a...
Open Letters to America
Essays by Kevin Powell
“Change” has swept America at the end of this first decade of the 21st century, and Kevin Powell, one of our nation’s leading voices, has been both participant and observer. Open Letters to America is Powell’s redemption song for the society he believes possible in the aftermath of Barack Obama’s historic election.
In the first essay, Powell issues a...
People Like Us: Misrepresenting the Middle East
In People Like Us, which became a bestseller in Holland, Joris Luyendijk tells the story of his five years as correspondent in the Middle East. Extremely young for a correspondent but fluent in Arabic, he spoke with stone throwers and terrorists, taxi drivers and professors, victims, aggressors, and their families. He experienced at first hand...