|September 2, 2003
THE BOOK BATTLES and TALK RADIO
The Corporate Right Wing Republican propaganda machine has been very effective in promoting books advocating their worldview using their dominance of talk radio. Twisted writings from authors like Ann Coulter would never have made any bestseller lists without the support of Corporate Right Wing Republican talk radio. The civility of American politics and the depth of political discussion in our nation have suffered badly as a result. Democratic and non-Corporate writers are not getting the attention they rightly deserve with a few notable exceptions like Senator Clinton, Michael Moore and Al Franken. In this column, we will try to expose our readers to some great books not being effectively covered in the media.
Our Democratic Voices column has frequently mentioned The Best Democracy Money Can Buy by Greg Palast. This book is a must read for anyone wishing to get a more balanced outlook on the state of politics today. Greg Palast is the best investigative reporter in the United States.
We recently received copies of The Greatest Sedition Is Silence by William Rivers Pitt. I think it is the best overall examination of the Bush Administration to date that we have ever read. William Rivers Pitt is the writer we can wish we were. If you want a real understanding of the injustices facing us today, read this book.
Jim Hightower has just published Thieves In High Places. It is excellent. We highly recommend all the Hightower books but this may be his best.
Dr. Charles Kelly has two excellent books available. They are Class War In America and The Great Limbaugh Con. You can see directly into the economic and tax myths of the Republican Right by reading these books. We recommend The American Challenge by Bob Zimmerman for similar insights and more.
Other highly recommended books on Bush are Shrub by Molly Ivins, The Bush Dyslexicon by Mark Crispin Miller and Fortunate Son by J. H. Hatfield. For a look into the vast Right Wing Conspiracy, read Blinded By The Right authored by David Brock. Several books on War are also more than worth reading including War Is A Racket by Brigadier General Smedley D. Butler and War On Iraq by William Rivers Pitt. For a good look at press censorship, read Into The Buzzsaw edited by Kristina Borjesson.
Column written by Stephen Crockett and Al Lawrence (hosts of Democratic Talk Radio which is nationally syndicated on the ieAmerica Radio Network). You can hear them via the Internet several days a week from 2-4pm Central at http://www.ieAmericaRadio.com. You are invited to visit the Democratic Talk Radio site at DemocraticTalkRadio.com. They can be reached by mail at: 7A Planville Drive, Fayetteville, TN 37334. Reach DTR by phone at 931-438-1500 or 443-421-0287.
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