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Product Details

  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Haymarket Books; First Printing edition (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608462315
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608462315
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Amy Goodman has taken investigative journalism to new heights.”
—Noam Chomsky

“Amy Goodman is not afraid to speak truth to power. She does it every day.”
—Susan Sarandon

“Crusading journalism at its best.”
—Arianna Huffington

“A towering progressive freedom fighter in the media and the world.”
—Cornel West

“What journalism should be: beholden to the interests of people, not power and profit.”
—Arundhati Roy

About the Author

Amy Goodman is a multiple New York Times bestselling author, and the host/executive producer of Democracy Now!, a daily, independent news program airing on more than 800 television and radio stations. TIME Magazine named Democracy Now! its "Pick of the
Podcasts," along with NBC's Meet the Press.

Goodman is the first journalist to receive the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the 'Alternative Nobel Prize' for "developing an innovative model of truly independent grassroots political journalism that brings to millions of people the alternative voices that are often
excluded by the mainstream media."

Denis Moynihan, since helping co-found Democracy Now! as an independent production company in 2002, he has participated in the organization’s growth, focusing primarily on distribution, infrastructure development, and coordinating complex live broadcasts from all continents (save Antarctica). He lives in Denver, and is the founder of a new noncommercial, community radio station in Colorado’s high country.

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Amy Goodman is a fantastic interviewer and radio personality.
R.J.
Reading even a small part of this book revealed I had in fact been only slightly informed.
Gary Vant Hul
I purchased it originally for my Kindle and found it perfect reading for my daily commute.
Scott

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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful By David Swanson on October 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan are touring the country with a new book that everyone should have and read. "The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope" is a history of the Obama Years in the form of a thematically organized collection of columns -- columns that grew out of the reporting done by the most useful show on our airwaves: Democracy Now!

How quickly we forget, or even never knew, this recent history -- history that will never make it into school-approved history books. Reading this book, I was reminded of watching, for the first time, the movie Fahrenheit 911 by Michael Moore who wrote this book's introduction. That movie recounted basic facts about recent years, many of them familiar to anyone who'd been paying attention, and yet the information came as a shock to most moviegoers. This book would come as a shock to most readers.

A column from November 10, 2010, included in the book, begins, "If a volcano kills civilians in Indonesia, it's news. When the government does the killing, sadly, it's just business as usual, especially if an American president tacitly endorses the killing, as President Barack Obama just did with his visit to Indonesia." Who recalls that episode now? Who remembers the crises that jump in and out of our media: the cruelties imposed on Honduras or Haiti? This book brings together a full four years and moves us to ask where each story has now gone.

Here we read a history of teasing: There's going to be accountability for foreclosure fraud very soon. No, really. Any day now. Any month now. We've launched a new study into, um, an investigation of a review procedure capability program. No, seriously. Investigations are underway into the crimes of Rupert Murdoch. Really, we mean it.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sadie SG on January 2, 2013
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Outstanding book. It's a collection of her columns, so you needn't read it all at one go.

It's an odd thing in our society; one hears much denigration and resentment of government, yet very little in the way of substantive, fact-based criticism. It's as if we are meant to be diverted by the "circus sideshow" of Reps v. Dems, and never notice the actual policies that affect our lives, and how much the two teams have in common. Nor are we meant to notice that the "leadership" may reflect very poorly what is thought or felt by their constituents. Ms. Goodman's book, with it's case studies, brings these questions into focus. Bravo, her!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott on January 16, 2013
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A series of in-depth, interesting/informative new stories in written versus broadcast form. As with the broadcast version several reports have follow up stories providing the in depth reporting so lacking from the flash in the pan corporate media. I purchased it originally for my Kindle and found it perfect reading for my daily commute. After reading the first couple of reports I bought a hard copy to share with friends. A must read for anyone serious about being informed.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Pittchick4676 on October 25, 2012
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If you appreciate great journalism about the real issues, this is just the book for you. A compilation of her weekly essays, this book is well organized and extremely moving. Amy Goodman is an incredible journalist and writer, always investigating very side and looking out for the little guy in this money driven, corporate world. She is an incredible lady, and this book perfectly captures her many experiences and her intelligence. It's a fast read and a must read for anyone who wants to learn the full story about American politics, and not just the stories the mainstream media or the parties deem important.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on September 9, 2013
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This is Amy Goodman at her finest. Very inspirational and motivating. I'll be buying more as gifts for friends that's for sure!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lebard9 on December 18, 2012
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Ms.Goodman is the kind of investigative journalist that all of the rest should aspire to be. With the possible exception of Greg Palast. He is also very good.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gary Vant Hul on June 16, 2013
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I thought I was reasonably well informed as to how Iraq came about, what happened there, who was involved. Reading even a small part of this book revealed I had in fact been only slightly informed. This makes me ashamed to be an American. It makes one feel the need to somehow get even with Bush, Wolfowitz, and so many others. Wonder why the hostility in that part of the world? Read this book and you will no longer have doubts. So sad. . . . .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Graham Spink on May 29, 2013
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A few of the articles appear repetitive and become tedious. However, these are powerful reminders of the paths we have taken as a society, and the shame that we have put on our humanity.
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