Monday, March 06, 2006

"50 American Revolutions You’re Not Supposed To Know": Mickey Z. Mickey Z is a self-taught, blog-made historian of the new terrible America of the 21st century. Osama’s favorite historian William Blum says Mickey writes history for “Americans who have lots of holes in the head about their country’s behavior”. This latest book should appeal to a quite different group of Americans, those with the spirit of revolution upon which this country was founded, who don’t quite know what to do with that spirit. To cut and run, as president W would say, though not from Iraq, but from the United States itself, is not the answer. To stay and do something about it, that is the answer Mickey proposes. Cobbled together from the day to day dialogue of Mickey’s own weblog this small, handsome book is an inspiring collection of short essays from America’s social, political and artistic history, little big moments that make this country great despite the enormous amount of evidence you can read elsewhere in other books by Blum, Howard Zinn, and Ramsey Clark. This is the America we want to believe in and love and pass on to our children, the America of Daniel Ellsberg’s leak, of Lenny Bruce’s foul mouth, of Rachel Carson groundbreaking book, of Patti Smith’s rock n roll nigger, of Charles Bukowski’s job at the Post Office, of Thomas Paine and the Bill of Rights, that America, the real America.

"The War on Truth: 9-11, Disinformation, and the Anatomy of Terrorism": Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed. This latest book by Ahmed is both a follow-up and expansion upon his 2002 work, “The War on Freedom: How & Why America Was Attacked, September 11, 2001.” It is part of and benefits from a small cottage industry of similar works by David Ray Griffin, Jim Marrs, Michel Chossudovsky and Thierry Meyssan. He is both the first and latest author to challenge the mainstream account of what happened on that horrible day and what events led to the attacks. Ahmed finds numerous holes in the standard account and offers an alternative narrative. Conspiracy theory? Perhaps. Pray that is all this story is because it rings true more often than not. If you have your own doubts or you love this country enough to want to save it or hate this country enough to laugh at it duplicitous fall, read Ahmed’s terrifying book.


Blogger less_cunning said...

i'm so lazy. history makes me tired. and sleepy.

7:53 PM  

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