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Amy Goodman is an internationally acclaimed journalist. She has won many of the most prestigious awards in journalism, including the George Polk Award, the Alfred I duPont-Columbia University Award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Prize for International Reporting. Democracy Now! airs on more than 200 radio and TV stations around the world.

David Goodman is an award-winning independent journalist whose articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Mother Jones, Outside, The Nation, and numerous other publications. He is the author most recently of the critically acclaimed Fault Lines: Journeys into the New South Africa. He lives with his wife and two children in Vermont.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401322883
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401322885
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,054,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful By cvairag VINE VOICE on April 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is third installment of the Goodmans' chronicling of the investigative researches and discoveries of the journalistic odyssey which is Democracy Now, in my opinion, at least, the most important public project of the past decade. The word from Radio Free America is there to remind us that we do not live by bread alone. I wax Biblical, because the holiest thing one can do at this point is to stand up for our rights. The Goodmans, with characteristic attention to the crucial detail, make this point clear in the book which discusses, some of the key incidents shaping the contemporary political milieu, ranging from the plight of the Connecticut Librarians to the fate of the Jena Six, and the issues emerging from them. To think that the "average American" is now to be counted among the "voiceless" masses of the world, in the wake of the fascist ideology which infects the Bush regime, the complicity of our subservient mainstream corporate-owned media, and the spineless, apparently calculated compliance of the "opposition" party, is to realize how far the ideals of democracy have fallen in our dear nation. But, the Goodmans focus on hope here, in these inspiring portraits of those ordinary folks who had the courage to stand up for what they knew, and because of their stance we now know, was right.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Alex C. Telander on July 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
STANDING UP TO THE MADNESS BY AMY GOODMAN AND DAVID GOODMAN: The award-winning and bestselling brother and sister team Amy Goodman (popular and successful host of the TV and radio show Democracy Now!) and David Goodman (an investigative journalist), authors of Static and Exception to the Rulers return with Standing Up to the Madness. The Goodmans strike out on a new path in, aiming to not retread on the familiar ground of endlessly criticizing the Bush administration and its endeavors, but to report and record grassroots stories of people from across the country who have suffered under the current regime, and how they have fought back and gained some ground.

The stories in the book are grouped into subjects on how science is being threatened, schools and education being threatened, the war in Iraq, and simply "Standing up to the Madness." There is the story Malik Rahim, a native of New Orleans who was there when Hurricane Katrina struck, and is still there now trying to rebuild the ravaged country and its torn and exiled people. Rahim tells of the little help he has seen from the government, and what there remains now. He also provides startling insights into the horrific acts of racism that are now commonplace in the ruins of the city. But Rahim has started a charity group from scratch, Common Ground, that is now strong and increasing in size and popularity, providing aid and shelter to the many citizens of New Orleans that still have no where to call home.

Raed Jarrar, a US citizen originally from Iraq, tells the story of his being prevented from flying on JetBlue because he was wearing a T-shirt that read "We Will Not Be Silent" in both English and Arabic.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Loyd E. Eskildson HALL OF FAME on December 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
"Standing Up to the Madness" tells of everyday people who take a chance and stand up for what they believe in and become the greatest power in America. Both current and historic turning points are covered.

Montgomery Bus Boycott - 1955 (Rosa Parks) - lasted over a year. A resulting case went to the Supreme Court which overturned bus segregation.

Malik Rahim protesting the failure to rebuild much of New Orleans post Katrina. The group "Common Ground" resulted - a group of volunteers. Meanwhile, the disaster was transformed into a windfall for Bush cronies' companies. Public schools became privatized, and much public housing eliminated.

George Christian, executive director, along with four other mild-mannered librarians forming the board of Connecticut libraries sharing a computer system, stood up toe FBI agents demanding information on library users to "protect against terrorism." There were 143,000 such requests in 2007 - no judge approval required. Only one led to a terrorism conviction, while 1,000 requests admittedly broke the law or regulations. The American Library Association encouraged libraries to use software that automatically erases records of book use - provided the book is returned and fines paid. The Connecticut libraries obtained ACLU legal support, and the government eventually dropped the case.

The Pentagon Papers (1971) exposed how the government secretly expanded the Vietnam War in the 1960s and then lied to cover it up. Nixon then ordered a break-in to Ellsberg's psychiatrist to get evidence to discredit him.

A survey of 1,600 government scientists in 2007 revealed nearly half perceived/experienced pressure on climate change information released. Dr.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James R. Olson on November 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Amy and David Goodman provide good evidence to be shared with our government officials. Just as their heroes stood up, so must we. With the recent election, we must "hold our representatives feet to the fire". I became an adult in the 60's and have lived the times described. President-elect Obama has said he is listening. Let us, right and left combined, let him know, with hard evidence support, what we require of our government as Amy and David have represented so well.
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