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NEW: The Long Goodbye? Publishing Industry
By Elisabeth Sifton
May 20, 2009
Book publishers have always predicted
that the end was nigh. When it does come they will have
only themselves to blame.
Katherine Yurica Reviews a Book:
How to Profit From the Coming Rapture:
Getting Ahead When Youre Left Behind
By Steve and Evie Levy as told to Ellis
Weiner and Barbara Davilman
It is after all, a humorous book. It is meant to lampoon.
But at the same time it is perhaps a surprisingly sincere
effort. It does not belittle or mock Christians or the Bible.
It teaches and guides the reader, while causing laughter
to erupt spontaneously.
The Great Publishing Irony:
Killing Literature So Books Can Live
(Or, Typing Without a Clue)
By Timothy Egan
The unlicensed pipe fitter known as Joe the Plumber
is out with a book this month, just as the last seconds
on his 15 minutes are slipping away. I have a question
for Joe: Do you want me to fix your leaky toilet? I didnt
think so. And I dont want you writing books. Not when
too many good novelists remain unpublished. Not when
too many extraordinary histories remain unread. Not when
too many riveting memoirs are kicked back at authors
after 10 years of toil. Not when voices in Iran, North Korea
or China struggle to get past a censors gate.
Jeremy Scahill Goes
the World's Most Powerful
Someone who is deeply linked to the Christian
right, and to the current Administration, has turned
around and started what has become the world's
most powerful private mercenary army. These
guys are like neo-Crusaders. To have them on
the government payroll to the tune of $750 million,
operating in a Muslim country, should be frightening
to everyone who understands that.
The Radical Christian Right
Is Built on Suburban Despair
By Chris Hedges, AlterNet
The engine that drives the radical Christian
Right in the United States, the most
dangerous mass movement in American history,
is not religiosity, but despair.
America's Holy Warriors
By Chris Hedges
The radical Christian right is coming
dangerously close to its goal of co-opting
the countrys military and law enforcement.
The drive by the Christian right to take
control of military chaplaincies, which now
sees radical Christians holding roughly 50
percent of chaplaincy appointments in the
armed services and service academies, is
part of a much larger effort to politicize the
military and law enforcement. This effort
signals the final and perhaps most deadly
stage in the long campaign by the radical
Christian right to dismantle Americas open
society and build a theocratic state. A successful
politicization of the military would signal the
end of our democracy.
The Holy Blitz Rolls On
The Christian right is a "deeply anti-
democratic movement" that gains force
by exploiting Americans' fears, argues
Chris Hedges. Salon talks with the former
New York Times reporter about his fearless
new book, "American Fascists."
By Michelle Goldberg
The Christian Right and the War On
By Chris Hedges
"Dr. James Luther Adams, my ethics professor
at Harvard Divinity School, told us that when we
were his age, he was then close to 80, we would
all be fighting the 'Christian fascists.'
On the Authoritarian Behavior
of the Religious Right
By JOHN W. DEAN
David Kuo, the former deputy-director of the Bush
White House's Office of Faith-Based and Community
Initiatives, recently published a book, Tempting Faith.
The book's most controversial claim is that members
of the Bush administration have been privately trashing
some of the very Religious Right leaders who helped
put them in power.
A Review of Four Books from the Religious
This is a paranoid moment in American
politics. A host of conspiracies haunt our
national imagination, and apparent incompetence
is assumed to be the consequence of a dark
design: President Bush knew about the attacks
of September 11 in advance, or else the Israelis
did; the Straussians took us to war in Iraq, unless
the oil companies did; the federal government let
the levees break in New Orleans, unless it dynamited
them itself. Perhaps the strangest of these strange
stories, though, is the notion that twenty-first-century
America is slouching toward theocracy.
Sept. 11 panel considered
Authors, panels chairmen,
offer behind-the-scenes look at
The Sept. 11 commission was so frustrated
with repeated misstatements by the Pentagon
and FAA about their response to the 2001 terror
attacks that it considered an investigation into
possible deception, the panels chairmen say
in a new book.
Jesusless: The Church of
From Sightings, Martin Marty Center
the Divinity School, University of Chicago, PDF
Robert S. McElvaine
In Godless, her latest and most ill-tempered book-length
rant, Ann Coulter asserts that liberalism is a "godless"
religion. In fact, however, the most fundamental problem
in Christianity in America and the world today is that the
"fundamentalist" religion that most loudly proclaims itself
to be "Christian" is Jesusless.
Ann Coulter's New Book:
Godless: The Church of Liberalism
"If a martian landed in America and set out
to determine the nation's official state religion,
he would have to conclude it is liberalism,
while Christianity and Judaism are prohibited by law."
Church Militant: Ann Coulter on God,
Faith, and Liberals
The conservative pundit explains
why liberals are 'godless' and why she
considers herself a good Christian.
by Rod Dreher
What especially gets to me about Ann Coulter
is that she identifies herself as a Christian
("a mean one"). National Review dropped her
column when she said, in response to 9/11, that
"We should invade their countries, kill their leaders
and convert them to Christianity."
Coulter Plagiarism In New Book
By Philip Recchia
July 2, 2006 -- Conservative scribe Ann Coulter
cribbed liberally in her latest book, "Godless,"
according to a plagiarism expert.
In his new book, American Vertigo,
Bernard-Henri Lévy: rock-star, French
philosophe, hits Route 66. With his driver.
By Carl Swanson
If youve never heard the initials BHL, which is
what Lévy tends to go by, if youve missed his
appearances or this years Vanity Fair best-
dressed list, hes hoping that will change with
the publication this month of his new book,
American Vertigo. In it, he travels the United
States in the footsteps of Tocqueville. The trip
was the idea of the Atlantic Monthly, which
serialized his observations....The trip was under
three shadows, BHL explains. The shadow of the
war in Iraq, the shadow of an election, and the
shadow of Katrina, although the hurricane hadnt
struck at the time he wrote the book. The anti-
ci-pated shadow of Katrina, as you see. I was in
New Orleans four or five months before Katrina,
and I more or less foresee what is going to happen.
Even some Republicans are now
horrified by the influence Bush
has given to the evangelical right
Thursday March 23, 2006
In his latest PR offensive President Bush came
to Cleveland, Ohio, on Monday to answer the
paramount question on Iraq that he said was
on people's minds: "They wonder what I see
that they don't." After mentioning "terror" 54
times and "victory" five, dismissing "civil war"
twice and asserting that he is "optimistic", he
called on a citizen in the audience, who homed
in on the invisible meaning of recent events
in the light of two books, American Theocracy,
by Kevin Phillips, and the book of Revelation.
Phillips, the questioner explained, "makes the point
that members of your administration have reached
out to prophetic Christians who see the war in
Iraq and the rise of terrorism as signs of the
apocalypse. Do you believe this? And if not,
A Review of:
'American Theocracy,' by Kevin Phillips
Clear and Present Dangers
Review by ALAN BRINKLEY
His latest book (his 13th) looks broadly and
historically at the political world the conservative
coalition has painstakingly constructed over the
last several decades. No longer does he se
Republican government as a source of stability
and order. Instead, he presents a nightmarish
vision of ideological extremism, catastrophic fiscal
irresponsibility, rampant greed and dangerous
shortsightedness. (His final chapter is entitled
"The Erring Republican Majority.") In an era of
best-selling jeremiads on both sides of the political
divide, "American Theocracy" may be the most
alarming analysis of where we are and where
we may be going to have appeared in many
years. It is not without polemic, but unlike many
of the more glib and strident political commentaries
of recent years, it is extensively researched and
for the most part frighteningly persuasive.
Tying Religion and Politics
to an Impending U.S. Decline
By MICHIKO KAKUTANI
Kevin Phillips, a former Republican strategist who
helped design that party's Southern strategy, made
his name with his 1969 book, "The Emerging Republica
Majority," which predicted the coming ascendancy of
the G.O.P. In the decades since, Mr. Phillips has
become a populist social critic, and his last two
major books "Wealth and Democracy" (2002)
and "American Dynasty" (2004) were furious
jeremiads against the financial excesses of the
1990's and what he portrayed as the Bush family's
"blatant business cronyism," with ties to big oil,
big corporations and the military-industrial complex.
Tim LaHaye, the Richest
Divinator in the World
All about LaHaye before he
co-authored the Left Behind series
An excerpt from The New Messiahs
By Katherine Yurica
When Dr. Tim LaHaye complained that his
photograph in Time magazine wasnt flattering
enough, he said it to a national audience. He was
chatting amiably with Phil Donahue while Donahues
audience made up their own minds about his
good looks. However, it wasnt the first time the
Southern Baptist minister appeared on a nationally
televised program. He was a frequent guest on
the Jim Bakker Show, (before Bakkers conviction
and imprisonment) and on Pat Robertsons 700 Club.
In fact, his influence spread to the highest corridors
of power. He was an honored guest at the White
House where he was consulted by Reagan administration
officials for his opinion on potential appointees.
Who is Tim LaHaye anyway?
Karl Rove Comes of Age
an excerpt from the new book
How Bush's Brain Fooled America
by James Moore & Wayne Slater
In 1973, when Karl Rove was recruited to run
for chair of the College Republican National
Committee, a group of supporters paired him
with Lee Atwater, who at the time was president
of the College Republicans in South Carolina.
Rove was to be the candidate and Atwater his
Southern campaign chair.
Excerpts from an Interview:
Who is Bush's Brain?
The Machiavellian power behind
the throne of George Bush is
none other than Karl Rove
Excerpts from an interview
With James Moore, Co-Author
(with Wayne Slater) of "Bush's Brain"
The complete interview
with James Moore:
Who is Bush's Brain?
Karl Rove is, according to a book
chronicling the political life of the
Machiavelli behind the throne of King George
The World According to
Washington, An Asian View
by Patwant Singh
Despite the diversity of their media, Westerners
in general, and Americans in particular, are often
ignorant or misinformed about present-day realities
in Asia. Yet it is of crucial importance for them to
understand the degree of Asian concern at the
alarming implications of the re-election of George
W. Bush and the reappointment of Donald Rumsfeld
as Defense Secretary. An important new book
Sleeping on Potatoes, A Lumpy
Adventure from Manzanar To the
Corporate Tower by Carl Nomura.
Read the excerpts from this
charming book, and meet a man.
a U.S. citizen--who knows what it's
like to be locked up in an American
"Relocation" alias Concentration
from the "greatest generation."
Why Bushs Agenda Is Immoral and an
Abomination to God
By Katherine Yurica
This is a stunning major analysis of
Mr. Bush's agenda. Updated January 25, 2005
Did you know the Bible prohibits: deregulation; vote rigging;
privatization of Social Security; tax cuts for the wealthy;
invading Iraq; oppressing the Hispanics who cross our borders;
cutting Medicaid services; cutting Medicare services;
hurting the environment; failing to answer all the questions
from the 9/11 families; Tort Reform; torture; lying to congress;
bribes; tampering with the justice system; appointing prejudiced
nominees to the bench; tipping the scales of justice to favor
big corporations? Read Bloodguilty Churches.
Bloodguilty Churches is now available in
paperback. Click here to see the book.
Your can read this hard hitting new report.
The Secret GOP Social
Security Play Book.
The Yurica Report obtained a copy
of the actual GOP Congressional
guide to Senators and Representatives
on how to sell "Reforming America's
Social Security System for Future
Generations." It reveals what words
they must use: "Personalization" not
"privatization." Appeal to youth, quote
Dietrich Bonhoeffoer, offer an
alternate reality! This is a large PDF
File. Don't miss it.
How To Detect Evil
by Katherine Yurica
A Review of M. Scott Peck's Book
Evil is far more common than most of us realize. In
fact it is commonplace both in individuals and in groups.
The Yurica Report revisits a great classic published
in 1983: Scott Peck's The People of the Lie, The Hope
For Healing Human Evil. It's worth rereading today. Peck
analyzes the MyLai massacre allowing the reader to
compare events in Viet Nam with events in Iraq. Consider
that a U.S. Commander, Lieut. Colonel Bryan McCoy
described the killing of Iraqi soldiers to Time Magazine
reporters, Lets quit pussyfooting and call it what it is
Its murder, its slaughter, its clubbing baby harp seals.
Peck gives us a profile of evil people. They have certain
characteristics in common. Read on:
Coulterism, the New
Face of the Republican Party?
Not only is McCarthyism back, it's
back with a vengence: libel and
slander are liberally applied to help
create a one party nation. Mark
Zaid's review reveals the ugly side
of the GOP.
Has she no shame?
Of course not, and now we know why: In her book
"Treason," Ann Coulter reveals that her role model
is Joe McCarthy. And her grasp of facts is even worse
than her judgment.. By Joe Conason
The New Book Attacking
Kerry's War Record: How It Defames
the Candidate, and Why He Should Sue
By John W. Dean Unfit For Command reeks of
actual malice. Senator Kerry would be doing
a public service by suing by warding off
future baseless attacks.
Why Swift Boat Veterans for Truth
and Other 527 Organizations Can't
Be Silenced By Michael C. Dorf. When asked
whether he supports the attacks on John Kerry's
Vietnam War record by "Swift Boat Veterans
for Truth," President Bush has repeatedly dodged the
Defying Hitler by
Sebastian Haffner is
reviewed through a mirror by
Bernard Weiner. Is America
next? Warning: must be read
while sitting on a rubber mat only:
The Easy Slide Into Fascism
Honey & Brine
by Barbara Kaplan
offers one, two and three act plays
in the form of exquisite poetry.
Memorable pieces like "Plato,
You're a Knuckle Head!" knocks
the reader off his keister. Kaplan's
poems are a tale told full of the
sound and fury and pain of the
twentieth century: its wars,
its men, its women. It's how we
lived and how we died. How we
hated and how we loved. (May be
ordered in book stores Click to
see the cover. Excerpts follow by
clicking the book link) Published by
Erasmus Books, an imprint of Yurica
Judging by our popular culture,
Wisdom is something that has
been lost by Americans. One
hopes we will find it again
lest we lose it permanently, with
whole generations of people
having no idea what wisdom is
and how it is employed and
what benefits it bestows upon
its seekers. For my part, I offer
you The Lost Book of Wisdom.
For starters, I wrote it. I'm K. V.
Yurica and my company
published it two years ago.
We just didn't get around
to telling folks about it 'til now.
Click here for a few excerpts.
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