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I'm thrilled to see Glenn's book How Would a Patriot Act start off real strong on presales on Amazon (#2 overall as of this post). It really is a great book.

Digby (who should also write a book) writes:

I have had the privilege of reading Glenn Greenwald's new book, "How Would A Patriot Act" and I can't recommend it highly enough. It is not just a litany of the gross abuse of power, the novel unconstitutional theories or the excessive fear mongering of the Bush years, although he lays them all out in frightening simplicity. This book is about how these actions debase our national character.

John Dean wrote the following blurb:

Glenn Greenwald has assembled a devastating bill of particulars against the Bush and Cheney administration's insistence on operating outside the rule of law. He has gathered solid information and marshaled a litany of abuses of power that make Richard Nixon's imperial presidency look timid. All thinking Americans must answer How Would A Patriot Act? this coming election, and those who ignore what Greenwald has to say act at our collective peril.

And Glenn himself writes about why he wrote the book and the all-to-familiar (to me) difficulties of the necessary self-promotion required of those of us who decide to eschew corporate publishing houses for the realm of the indies.

The blogosphere will be the new farm system for new and exciting progressive voices. I'm happy to have kicked things off with CTG (along with Jerome, of course), but I'm even happier that we're not going to be the last. Glenn's books is almost out. Hopefully we'll see more progressive bloggers follow.

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I'll be in San Francisco on Monday, May 1st, and will be doing a free lunch event with Working Assets.

"The  program includes a free lunch available starting at 11:30 a.m. Please plan to arrive early as all guests go through the security procedures of the building, which require picture ID. Due to heightened security procedures, only people who have responded by name in advance will be able to attend. 101 Market Street, First Floor, San Francisco. To RSVP, call 415/369-2150 and leave your name, the names (spelled out) of anyone coming with you, and a phone number we can use to contact you if necessary."

That will likely be the last event in San Francisco. I'll probably do a couple in the East Bay eventually, but if you're on the wrong side of the bay (you know, the dark, cold, foggy side), this might be it.

Update: Let's not forget another great book by a blogger -- Hell in a Handbasket -- Tom Tomorrow's latest compilation of his best-of-class This Modern World political cartoons. And unlike Glenn's book which is currently only available for presale on Amazon, this book is available at your favorite independent bookstore.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Tue Apr 25, 2006 at 10:09 PM PDT.

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  •  Another (0+ / 0-)

    -- Seeing The Forest -- Investigating how the Right is beating the Dems

    by davej on Tue Apr 25, 2006 at 10:12:00 PM PDT

  •  Nice meeting you tonight, Markos! (1+ / 0-)
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    buckeyekarl

    And thanks for rallying the troops in Salt Lake.

    All y'all--if you get a chance to hit a CTG event, just do it!   : )

    YearlyKos is gonna ROCK.

    by wvillmike on Tue Apr 25, 2006 at 10:12:03 PM PDT

  •  holding out for (1+ / 0-)
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    bloomer 101

    East Bay event

  •  Over Here: An American Expat in the South of Fran (1+ / 0-)
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    bloomer 101

    Speaking books by bloggers put out by indy publishers, I feel compelled to replug Mrs. Lupin's latest book, OVER HERE: AN AMERICAN EXPAT IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE, which is now available on both Amazon US and Amazon.co.uk.

    The book can also be ordered direct from the publisher, Black Coat Press (which otherwise is specialized in pulp literature) -- click on the cover below.

    Briefly, OVER HERE tells of our decision to leave Los Angeles after the "reelection" of you-know-who and diaries our relocation to the South of France during the ensuing 12 months.

    It's illustrated with 100 b&w photos. It's a cross between A YEAR IN PROVENCE and DAILY KOS.

    OVER HERE: AN AMERICAN EXPAT IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE, is now available on Amazon US

    by Lupin on Tue Apr 25, 2006 at 10:19:51 PM PDT

  •  For those of you less fortunate (3+ / 0-)
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    eeff, wvillmike, bloomer 101

    (around the country and the world), I am at best 20 minutes from this announced venue and plan to be there representing all of you who would be if you could!

    "It's the Supreme Court, Stupid!"

    by Kestrel on Tue Apr 25, 2006 at 10:20:48 PM PDT

  •  with respect (1+ / 0-)
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    peeder

    some of us progressive bloggers, were book authors before we were bloggers, aye, even in the halcyon days before there was a blogoshere:-) -- even Tom Tomorrow.

  •  With a free lunch -- how could I pass it up? (0+ / 0-)

    Just kidding -- I got an email from Working Assets this morning and signed up shortly thereafter.  They don't need to have a free lunch to get people there, but I won't complain.  Should be great!

    James Dobson needs a spanking!

    by Poindexter on Tue Apr 25, 2006 at 10:25:55 PM PDT

  •  Nice to meet you tonight Kos! (1+ / 0-)
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    wvillmike

    It was nice listening to you in the question and answer.  Sorry I couldn't get there sooner.  Sitters, oh well.

    Thanks for being so gracious in signing my book and letting me get a pic with you!

    Good luck on your tour, I've already given your book to two other people, and my Dad said he'd buy it this week.

    buckeyekarl

  •  I'll be there Monday. (1+ / 0-)
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    "We must all hang together or assuredly we will all hang separately." - Ben Franklin

    by RandyMI on Tue Apr 25, 2006 at 11:28:35 PM PDT

  •  glenn greenwald is one of my favorite bloggers (2+ / 0-)
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    eeff, matt2525

    it only took a couple of posts for him to hit #3 on my must-read blogs (Kos, Think Progress, Greenwald, Talking Points Memo, Crooks and Liars, Americablog, Atrios, Firedoglake...in addition to local blogs.)

  •  Leading by Doing (0+ / 0-)

    Well Markos - you & Jerome just made our local Pacific Grove newest book store folks awfully happy after your visit Sunday - they sold out CTG completely this afternoon & have a waiting list.

  •  What about the Great American Strike? (0+ / 0-)

    Come on, Kos! A "free" lunch? Who's cooking it, serving it, cleaning it? What about El Gran Paro?  No Work, No School, No Selling, No Buying!

    At least I hope you all come out and join us in the streets before and/or after:
    8:30am - Montgomery & Market (Montgomery BART)
    11:00am - Embarcadero (Embarcadero BART)
    3:00pm - San Francisco Civic Center BART
    5:00pm - Federal Building (450 Golden Gate)

    Where a white shirt and bring pots, pans, spoons, etc.

    Even if you don't support the radical demands of some of the organizers, come join the celebration of the birth of the new latino political power.

  •  Kos & CTG quoted in 'The Economist'... (0+ / 0-)

    In the April 22nd issue of "The Economist", they quote Kos & Armstrong from CTG in the article "Happy days are here again -- or are they?" and mention DailyKos...  See the subsection "Issue by Issue"...

    The issue also has a special section on The New Media that you might be interested in.

    "Overcome anger by love, evil by good, the greedy by generosity, and the liar by truth." - Buddha

    by madame defarge on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 05:41:13 AM PDT

  •  Thanks for Plugging Booksense.com! (0+ / 0-)

    I wish more bloggers would! You may not get the big discounts you might at Amazon, but it's really more important sometimes to support the locals!!!

  •  booksense (0+ / 0-)

    Like Dave, I am very happy that Kos has given Booksense a plug. I would just point out that sometimes you'll even get a better deal at an independent store--especially on staff picks or kids' books--it always depends on what the store wants to push.

    Also, try having a booksigning at Amazon!--or try getting them to put an ad in the program for your daughter's show. It all connects, people.

  •  glad to see you & Glenn (0+ / 0-)

    ..get a two-fer price break on Amazon, if you buy both his book and CTG.  If you show a receipt for a net contribution to a candidate, no reason why they couldn't knock off another 5%, eh?

  •  Hewitt shilling for kos (0+ / 0-)

    Hey, kos, did you see that Hugh Hewitt says on his blog that it would be interesting if you showed up on The Colbert Report?

    Gee, why didn't you or Colbert think of that?

    And then Hewitt cements his reputation as the conservative who's most like a crack addict by getting down on all fours to sniff the carpet for blown grams of Colbert's ideology:

    "After reading various bits of bio --the youngest of 11 kids, Catholic schools, loves Lord of the Rings-- I suspected he really is more conservative than most comedians."

    What do you think, kos? I mean you met the guy, aside from 4 days-a-week busting conservative balls, do you think Stephen's really a conservative? (Remember, he loves Lord of the Rings???!!!??!)

  •  Keep up the good work (0+ / 0-)

    Glad to see these bloggers are finally starting to make a little money.
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  •  Aren't you doing the prog reading series in SF? (0+ / 0-)

    I thought Markos and Jerome were going to be in San Francisco for a reading on June 12 also.  You can't stay away from the West Bay that easily.

    http://www.litpac.org/...

  •  How many books have been sold ? (0+ / 0-)

    I post on a nascar board & this is what they have posted there :

    They'd better start spinning real hard for advertisers. Arbitron ratings are going to kill them when it comes to revenue.

    I always said they had to provide entertainment with their bashing or they weren't going anywhere.

    quote:

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    'PROGRESSIVE' MEDIA STALLS: 'AIR AMERICA' IN AUDIENCE PLUNGE NYC, 'DAILY KOS' BOOK SELLS ONLY 3,600 COPIES

    Left-leaning new media has hit turbulence at the marketplace, newly released stats show.

    A book hyped by major media as documenting a progressive revolution of "blogs" and political power, DAILY KOS 'CRASHING THE GATE,' has sold only 3,630 copies since its release last month, according to NIELSEN's BOOKSCAN.

    [NIELSEN claims only 2,062 copies of DAILY KOS have been purchased at the retail level; the rest coming through 'discount' outlets.]

    Meanwhile, the just released radio Winter Book [Jan-Mar 2006] from ARBITRON shows AIR AMERICA in New York City losing more than a third of its audience -- in the past year!

    Among all listeners 12+, it was a race to the bottom for AIR AMERICA and WLIB as mid-days went from a 1.6 share during winter 2005 to a 1.0 share winter 2006.

    During PM drive, host Randi Rhodes plunged to 27,900 listeners every quarter hour, finishing 25th place in her time slot, down from 60,900 listeners every quarter hour in the fall.

    A network source says the radio ratings released today do not reflect the overall growth of the broadcast.

    "The demos are better, and listeners trust AIR AMERICA to give them the real truth on issues and the Bush presidency," says the insider.

    I need to answer that post !!! Please help
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    Have A Bloggy Day :)

    by eeff on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 10:48:49 AM PDT

  •  Confessions of a Dittohead (0+ / 0-)

    If I remember correctly, Advisorjim is in the midst of a book of his own.  His past diaries have been fantastic in offering some insight as to how the right-wing brain works.  If the book is an extension of his diaries then it should be a good read when he releases it.

    I'm a blue drop in a red bucket.

    by blue drop on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 03:46:22 PM PDT

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