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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583228888
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583228883
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,453,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Swanson has been an indefatigable commentator and activist tirelessly advocating for the dismantling of the imperial presidency and the restoration of the principles of our Constitution. Daybreak urgently reminds us that good political intentions are not sufficient to ensure the continuation of our democracy; informed vigilance is vital to that task."—Mark Karlin, Buzzflash.com


"David Swanson is the most thoughtful, determined, and energetic progressive activist in America, and one of the most important voices of his generation."—Bob Fertik, President of Democrats.com

About the Author

DAVID SWANSON is cofounder of AfterDowningStreet.org, creator of ConvictBushCheney.org, the Washington director of Democrats.com, and a board member of Progressive Democrats for America. He served as press secretary for Dennis Kucinich's 2004 presidential campaign and has been a leading voice for the prosecution of Bush and Cheney for war crimes.

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David Swanson's books include:
Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union (2009)
War Is A Lie (2010)
When the World Outlawed War (2011)
The Military Industrial Complex at 50 (2012)
The 35 Articles of Impeachment and the Case for Prosecuting George W. Bush (2008)
Tube World (2012)
Iraq War Among World's Worst Events (2013)
War No More: The Case for Abolition (2013)

Swanson contributed a chapter to "Why Peace" edited by Marc Guttman, January 2012.

Swanson hosts Talk Nation Radio.

Swanson helped plan the nonviolent occupation of Freedom Plaza in Washington DC in 2011.

In December 2011, The Hook newspaper in Charlottesville, Va., named him a runner-up Person of the Year.

Swanson holds a master's degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and as a communications director, with jobs including press secretary for Dennis Kucinich's 2004 presidential campaign, media coordinator for the International Labor Communications Association, and three years as communications coordinator for ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

He blogs at http://davidswanson.org and http://warisacrime.org and works as Campaign Coordinator for the online activist organization http://rootsaction.org

In April 2012, Swanson began working for Veterans For Peace.

"David Swanson is a truth-teller and witness-bearer whose voice and action warrant our attention." --Cornel West, author.

"David Swanson is the most consistently great writer of this generation." --Jean Athey.

"The world needs more true advocates of democracy like David Swanson!" --Thom Hartmann, radio host.

"David Swanson will be remembered and well recognized as the citizen who held up a lamp in the darkness and cried, as did good Tom Paine: 'We have it in our power to begin the world over again.'" --John Nichols, columnist, The Nation.

"David Swanson predicates his belief that nonviolence can change the world on careful research and historical analysis." --Kathy Kelly, Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

"David Swanson's War Is A Lie may be the most comprehensive antiwar statement available in the English language." --Kevin Young, Znet.

"Our times cry out for a smart, witty and courageous Populist who hasn't forgotten how to play offense. Luckily we have David Swanson." --Mike Ferner, President of Veterans For Peace.

"David Swanson, who has been a one-man wonder leading the charge for accountability, writes a compelling narrative that inspires not just outrage, but ACTION." --Medea Benjamin, Code Pink and Global Exchange.

"David Swanson despises war and lying, and unmasks them both with rare intelligence. I learn something new on every page." --Jeff Cohen, founder of FAIR.

"David Swanson's book is a masterful exposure of the emergence of a monarch-like president coupled with an effete, irresponsible, and constitutionally ignorant Congress." --Bruce Fein, former Associate Deputy Attorney General.

"David Swanson has written a fascinating account of how peace once became the law of the land. It is particularly pertinent in the era of the Endless War, by giving encouragement and suggestions of a path forward to those who want to give peace a chance." --Liz Holtzman, former member of the U.S. Congress.

"Swanson's book is far more uplifting and inspiring than virtually any other book in its genre, as it devotes itself to laying out a detailed plan for how American citizens -- through the activism to which he has devoted himself -- can bring about a rejuvenation of our political values." --Glenn Greenwald, Salon.com.

"David Swanson is an antidote to the toxins of complacency and evasion. He insists on rousing the sleepwalkers, confronting the deadly prevaricators and shining a bright light on possibilities for a truly better world." --Norman Solomon, author of War Made Easy.



David Swanson is also the author of the introduction to "The 35 Articles of Impeachment and the Case for Prosecuting George W. Bush," by Dennis Kucinich (2008).

Swanson wrote the foreword to "Another Life" by Karen Malpede, 2011, and contributed two chapters to Fix America, 2011.

Swanson is Co-Founder of AfterDowningStreet.org, creator of ProsecuteBushCheney.org and Washington Director of Democrats.com, a board member of Progressive Democrats of America, the Backbone Campaign, Voters for Peace, and the Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution, and chair of the Robert Jackson Steering Committee.

Swanson joined the board of the National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy in December 2011.

Swanson is Secretary of Peace in the Green Shadow Cabinet.

Swanson received a Beacon of Peace award from the Eisenhower Chapter of Veterans For Peace.



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David Swanson's books include "War Is A Lie." He blogs at http://davidswanson.org and http://warisacrime.org and works for http://rootsaction.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @davidcnswanson and FaceBook.

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David Swanson's books include: War No More: The Case for Abolition (2013), War Is A Lie (2010), When the World Outlawed War (2011), and The Military Industrial Complex at 50 (2012). He is the host of Talk Nation Radio. He has been a journalist, activist, organizer, educator, and agitator. Swanson helped plan the nonviolent occupation of Freedom Plaza in Washington DC in 2011. Swanson holds a master's degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and as a communications director, with jobs including press secretary for Dennis Kucinich's 2004 presidential campaign, media coordinator for the International Labor Communications Association, and three years as communications coordinator for ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. He blogs at http://davidswanson.org and http://warisacrime.org and works as Campaign Coordinator for the online activist organization http://rootsaction.org Swanson also works on the communications committee of Veterans For Peace, of which he is an associate (non-veteran) member. Swanson is Secretary of Peace in the Green Shadow Cabinet.

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David Swanson's books include:
Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union (2009)
War Is A Lie (2010)
When the World Outlawed War (2011)
The Military Industrial Complex at 50 (2012)
The 35 Articles of Impeachment and the Case for Prosecuting George W. Bush (2008)
Tube World (2012)
Iraq War Among World's Worst Events (2013)
War No More: The Case for Abolition (2013)

Swanson contributed a chapter to "Why Peace" edited by Marc Guttman, January 2012.

Swanson hosts Talk Nation Radio.

Swanson helped plan the nonviolent occupation of Freedom Plaza in Washington DC in 2011.

In December 2011, The Hook newspaper in Charlottesville, Va., named him a runner-up Person of the Year.

Swanson holds a master's degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and as a communications director, with jobs including press secretary for Dennis Kucinich's 2004 presidential campaign, media coordinator for the International Labor Communications Association, and three years as communications coordinator for ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

He blogs at http://davidswanson.org and http://warisacrime.org and works as Campaign Coordinator for the online activist organization http://rootsaction.org

In April 2012, Swanson began working for Veterans For Peace.







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"David Swanson is a truth-teller and witness-bearer whose voice and action warrant our attention." --Cornel West, author.

"David Swanson is the most consistently great writer of this generation." --Jean Athey.

"The world needs more true advocates of democracy like David Swanson!" --Thom Hartmann, radio host.

"David Swanson will be remembered and well recognized as the citizen who held up a lamp in the darkness and cried, as did good Tom Paine: 'We have it in our power to begin the world over again.'" --John Nichols, columnist, The Nation.

"David Swanson predicates his belief that nonviolence can change the world on careful research and historical analysis." --Kathy Kelly, Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

"David Swanson's War Is A Lie may be the most comprehensive antiwar statement available in the English language." --Kevin Young, Znet.

"Our times cry out for a smart, witty and courageous Populist who hasn't forgotten how to play offense. Luckily we have David Swanson." --Mike Ferner, President of Veterans For Peace.

"David Swanson, who has been a one-man wonder leading the charge for accountability, writes a compelling narrative that inspires not just outrage, but ACTION." --Medea Benjamin, Code Pink and Global Exchange.

"David Swanson despises war and lying, and unmasks them both with rare intelligence. I learn something new on every page." --Jeff Cohen, founder of FAIR.

"David Swanson's book is a masterful exposure of the emergence of a monarch-like president coupled with an effete, irresponsible, and constitutionally ignorant Congress." --Bruce Fein, former Associate Deputy Attorney General.

"David Swanson has written a fascinating account of how peace once became the law of the land. It is particularly pertinent in the era of the Endless War, by giving encouragement and suggestions of a path forward to those who want to give peace a chance." --Liz Holtzman, former member of the U.S. Congress.

"Swanson's book is far more uplifting and inspiring than virtually any other book in its genre, as it devotes itself to laying out a detailed plan for how American citizens -- through the activism to which he has devoted himself -- can bring about a rejuvenation of our political values." --Glenn Greenwald, Salon.com.

"David Swanson is an antidote to the toxins of complacency and evasion. He insists on rousing the sleepwalkers, confronting the deadly prevaricators and shining a bright light on possibilities for a truly better world." --Norman Solomon, author of War Made Easy.



David Swanson is also the author of the introduction to "The 35 Articles of Impeachment and the Case for Prosecuting George W. Bush," by Dennis Kucinich (2008).

Swanson wrote the foreword to "Another Life" by Karen Malpede, 2011, and contributed two chapters to Fix America, 2011.

Swanson is Co-Founder of AfterDowningStreet.org, creator of ProsecuteBushCheney.org and Washington Director of Democrats.com, a board member of Progressive Democrats of America, the Backbone Campaign, Voters for Peace, and the Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution, and chair of the Robert Jackson Steering Committee.

Swanson joined the board of the National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy in December 2011.

Swanson is Secretary of Peace in the Green Shadow Cabinet.

Swanson received a Beacon of Peace award from the Eisenhower Chapter of Veterans For Peace.

In December 2011, The Hook newspaper in Charlottesville, Va., named him a runner-up Person of the Year:

Person of the year: The runners up

By Courteney Stuart | stuart@readthehook.com


[David Swanson] DAVID SWANSON
When conservatives hear progressive political activist David Swanson coming, they might want to run away. But sometimes, they do so quite literally. After Vice President Dick Cheney announced plans to speak at the Miller Center on November 16, Swanson publicly called for Cheney's arrest for conspiracy to commit torture. "Were a local resident credibly accused of torture, I sincerely doubt you would hesitate to seek his or her immediate arrest and indictment," Swanson wrote in a November 14 letter emailed to Charlottesville and Albemarle law enforcement and posted on his website, warisacrime.org. Mere hours later, the Miller Center announced that Cheney's visit would be postponed for "personal reasons" and that he'd reschedule for early next year. Coincidence? Perhaps. But either way, Swanson will undoubtedly lead the welcome parade if the former Veep appears.



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Swanson began working for RootsAction.org in March 2011.

Swanson is a commissioner on the North American Truth & Accountability Commission on Human Experimentation

Beginning in November 2009 Swanson served as an online organizer and blogger for a campaign to oppose First Amendment free speech rights for corporations: http://freespeechforpeople.org and served on a volunteer basis for another similar campaign at http://movetoamend.org

Swanson's website AfterDowningStreet was named a Most Valuable Progressive by the Nation Magazine's John Nichols in 2005, 2006, and 2007.

Swanson contributed a chapter to "Project Rewire: New Media from the Inside Out," by Judy Daubenmier.

Swanson contributed a chapter called "Flame-Broiled Shark: How Predatory Lending Victims Fought Back and Won," to "The Wealth Inequality Reader" by Dollars and Sense and United for a Fair Economy.

Swanson contributed his article "2009: Year of the Filibuster" to At Issue: Does the U.S. Two Party System Still Work? published by Gale, a part of Cengage Learning.

In 2011, Swanson created a website for a campaign to reform the EPA at http://eparafaelmustgo.org

In 2009, Swanson created a website for CODE PINK and Global Exchange to market a company investing in wind energy in Iran: http://windsofchangeiran.com and another website for Cindy Sheehan's counter recruitment effort: http://nomorecannonfodder.org He also created a website for a book by Les Leopold: http://lootingofamerica.org
He created, as well, a website for the Robert Jackson Steering Committee: http://lawsnotmen.org
And this one in 2010: http://protectourelections.org

Swanson has created Drupal websites for lots of peace and justice groups, including http://charlottesvillepeace.org and http://acpjva.org and http://www.vawn.org and many others, including sites for short-lived campaigns like this one http://johnsonmustgo.org

Swanson regularly serves as a judge in the annual labor media contest overseen by the International Labor Communications Association.

In 2008, Swanson hosted a weekly radio show at http://thepeoplespeakradio.net

In April and May 2007, Swanson consulted part-time for Kucinich for President 2008.

Swanson was the organizer in 2006 of Camp Democracy.

He has served on the steering committee of the Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice (2006-2008).

He has served on the Executive Council of the Washington Baltimore Newspaper Guild (2005).

Swanson has been ...

Published in the Guardian, the Seattle Times, Baltimore Sun, Washington Examiner, Humanist, MicroMega, Charlottesville Daily Progress, Sojourner's, and many other publications.

Quoted in and reported on in the Nation, In These Times, Progressive, Mother Jones.

Published often on: DavidSwanson.org, Democrats.com, PDAmerica.org, AfterDowningStreet.org, Truthout.org, Alternet.org, TomPaine.com, HuffingtonPost.org, OpEdNews.com, American Chronicle, Democratic Underground, DailyKos.com, MichaelMoore.com, BuzzFlash.com, ConsortiumNews.com.

Heard often on Pacifica, Air America, other progressive radio.

Hosted programs on Pacifica, and a long-running show on The People Speak Radio.

Seen on Fox, CNN, PBS, C-Span, Democracy Now!, Free Speech TV, Link TV, RealNews.com.

Quoted in many newspapers and magazines.

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This book should be a required reading in all colleges of this nation.
Susan Hoskins Smiley
It is one thing to believe this country is worth fighting for, and yet another to actually spend time fighting.
Brian Franklin
This is an important work and Swanson has done us a service by his tireless advocacy for the rule of law.
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85 of 97 people found the following review helpful By S. Rowan Wolf on August 31, 2009
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This book accomplishes two critical things. One, it clearly documents the power grab and crimes of the Bush administration. Two, it provides a field manual for a social movement to put the people (us) back within the balance of powers.

The book is an excellent documentation of the theft of our democracy. Swanson presents a thoroughly documented analysis of the creation of the imperial presidency. This grounding is fundamental for citizens to have the tools to counter the blather that passed as news and neo-con talking points for eight years - and continues now as the talking heads try to block any investigation of those crimes.

David Swanson also provides suggestions and strategies for an activist citizen's movement to (1) address the undermining of the Constitution and balance of powers, and (2) to return citizen voice and power to the ruling of our nation.

One of the issues that people across the political spectrum should agree on, is the long term threat that the powers stolen by the Bush presidency will pass from President to President unless they are challenged. Swanson (and most in the impeachment movement) are aware of this as well. There is a consistent effort to paint those who want thorough investigations - with prosecution where warranted and legislative remedy where needed - as wanting "revenge," or having "political" interests, or just "Bush Bashers." However, we know and Swanson makes clear, the stakes are much higher - the future of any functioning democracy in the United States.

This book is more than a "read it" book. Swanson has created a reference manual for activists. Daybreak is chock full of organizational strategy and mechanisms. It provides a vision of what a citizen involved democracy in the United States could look like - and how to get there.

My recommendation: Get it, read it, share it. Kudos and thanks to David Swanson.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Brian Franklin on September 1, 2009
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In the fight for accountability, there are many whose actions have failed to live up to their rhetoric. It is one thing to believe this country is worth fighting for, and yet another to actually spend time fighting.

As someone who worked for Congressman Wexler's campaign and his push for impeachment hearings, I can attest to David's fighting spirit and breadth of knowledge. His comprehensive understanding of the supporting evidence - coupled with a singular clarity of the legislative process and players - made him an vital resource.

There are surely plenty of people who disagree with him on Impeachment and/or his approach, but few that have been witness to his dedication, or have heard him speak in defense of the rule of law, could reasonably question his commitment to basic principles of justice and our constitution.

This book not only outlines the broad effort to hold our leaders accountable for their actions (and in some cases, inaction) - but it serves as a guide to understanding how today's activists can still find their voice heard (and force movement) despite the complex political dynamics that govern today's government.

One side note - whether or not you're an impeachment advocate or simply interested in political science, the notes section alone (and its rich collection of sources and links) make this book a must-have.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Papermaster on August 31, 2009
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I've only been fishing once. Took a fly fishing lesson in Sedona, Arizona at daybreak, and caught a pretty little trout which I promptly released and watched swim swiftly away to safety. But the daybreak I see coming soon and am talking about now requires another fishing expedition-- this time for the high-ranking individuals who have deliberately altered our 3-branch system of government into a imperial, unitary executive which can ignore Congress and the expressed desire of the people for justice, peace and well-being. Congress has become a spineless group of politicians constantly running for re-election and kow-towing to party leadership, working as a political machine for the highest corporate paymasters. We haven't got a chance to survive with a government like this and David Swanson is one of our best, constant, and intelligent town criers letting us know that we need to step up and turn this situation around. As an activist, I depend on Swanson and [...] for information and analysis. Daybreak is a hard-hitting history of greed, corruption, stupidity and malfeasance, but it offers hope, and that's why I'm recommending it highly. Like others I really admire and follow, David is a hope junkie. If he weren't, he'd have given up fighting the corruption long ago. So buy Daybreak. And starting September 12 come to Camp Cheney*, a fishing camp for justice and accountability activists at Cheney's house in McLean Virginia, where you can meet David and others he has inspired to stand up to the architect of America's torture policy and the other illegal, immoral, and repugnant campaigns Cheney steered. Buy the book today. Go to the NAAN website for Camp info:[...], and take action now by telling Holder to prosecute Cheney: simply phone and Email the Office of the Attorney General at 202-514-2001 AskDOJ@usdoj.gov . Then notice how good it feels to take action.
Cynthia Papermaster, National Accountability Action Network
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By EZ on September 1, 2009
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If you would like a return to normalcy, democracy and compassion - things the United States used to stand for - read David Swanson and become part of the solution.
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