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Hello. This is the fourth diary in my series aimed at making those who choose to do the holiday shopping thing aware of what's out there on the lit'ry markets by their fellow kossacks.

To see previous lists click:

Children's Books by Kossacks


Fantasy and Science Fiction by Kossacks


General Adult Fiction by Kossacks

Today's topic is:

Political Books by Kossacks

(This list is not all-inclusive-- for that please see sarahnity's weekly diary of Books by Kossacks. Natheless if you know something I'm forgetting please add it to the comments.)

Frederic Bender is the author of The
Culture of Extinction--Toward a Philosophy of Deep Ecology
and the Norton Critical Edition of The Communist Manifesto, which is apparently by one of the Marx brothers. He has also written some books about this particular Marx Brother, who wasn't one of the famous ones. Karlo, I think.

Kenneth J. Bernstein (teacherken) is the author of No Child Left Behind: Views About the Potential Impact of the Bush
Administration's Education Proposals
. No offense, but I'm sincerely hoping that anything on NCLB is about to be moved to the history section.

Frederick Clarkson
is the author of Eternal
Hostility--The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy
, edited Dispatches
from the Religious Left
, and wrote the
introduction to Steeplejacking About Eternal Hostility, the Midwest Book Review said, "Frederick Clarkson's Eternal Hostility provides a chilling road map to a growing movement whose roots go back to the founding days of the country."

If you're interested in the Rev. Moon (and let me tell you, he is one scary dude), check out johngorenfeld's Bad Moon
Rising: How Reverend Moon Created the Washington Times, Seduced the
Religious Right, and Built an American Kingdom

GlennGreenwald is the author of Great American Hypocrites--Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics, about which The Village Voice said "Few others are better than Greenwald at sussing out the accidental propaganda inflicted on us by the mainstream press." He has also written How Would a Patriot Act?, and A Tragic Legacy: How a Good Vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency. Good ol' Alan Colmes called the latter "the best book about the worst president."

environmental books include Fight
Global Warming Now--The Handbook for Taking Action in Your Community
and Deep Economy--The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future, a staff pick. He is also the author of The End of Nature, about which amazon reviewer Barron Laycock said:

Anyone familiar with the author's other books on man [sic] and his fateful connection to the natural environment owe it to themselves to read this seminal offering first published over a decade ago when the phenomenon of global warming was a hotly argued and angrily debated issue.

We would like to think it isn't anymore, right?

It's my understanding kos has also written some books.

is the author of the just-released and very timely Yeah,
Right--'This Economy Is Strong' and Other Tall Tales
, unfortunately timed to coincide with the downturn in the publishing industry.

(Have I mentioned there's a bit of a downturn in the publishing industry?)

Robert Paehlkee's (global citizen's)
books on environmentalism
include Environmentalism & the Future of Progressive Politics, Democracy's Dilemma: Environment, Social Equity, and the Global Economy and Conservation & Environmentalism: An Encyclopedia which Booknews called "An excellent reference for a wide audience."

Hillary Rettig (lifelongactivist)is the author, appropriately enough, of
Activist--How to Change the World Without Losing Your Way

Paul Ruschmann (Dump
Terry McAuliffe
) is the author of many of the books in the young adult series Point/Counterpoint including The War on Terror, Mandatory Military Service, Media Bias and a whole bunch of others.

New from Harper by Jeff Sharlet (call him Ishmael) is The
Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American
. Said Publisher's Weekly: "Sharlet has done extensive research, and his thorough account of the Family's life and times is a chilling expose."

Marcy Wheeler (emptywheel) is the author of Anatomy of Deceit--How the Bush Administration Used the Media to Sell the Iraq War and Out a Spy. From the publisher's comments:

What happens when Washington, D.C. pundits and journalists run in the same social circles as the powerful people they cover? When the President and his administration trade press access for loyalty? You get a complicit, uncritical press greasing the skids to a brutal war, conspiring to out a CIA agent, and muddying the waters of a grand jury investigation. In the fearful aftermath of 9/11, much of America’s pride — its free press — became an unquestioning propaganda arm.

I seem to remember something like that happening.

JohnKWilson is the author of Barack
Obama: This Improbable Quest
(not gonna play spoiler and tell you how that one turned out) and of How the Left Can Win Arguments and Influence People: A Tactical Manual for Pragmatic Progressives from New York University Press, and of The Myth of Political Correctness, which addresses the right-wing war on academia. (If you're in academia you know what this is about! Probably also if you're not.)

Thanks for reading this far. Remember, if you buy used, you recycle, which is great, and if you go to the library, you reduce consumption and keep the book from getting tossed in the discard, which is also great, and if you buy new, you support your local kossack author and (this is gettin' to be kinda critical) his or her publisher, which is also great. So really, you can't lose, right?

Originally posted to SensibleShoes on Sun Dec 14, 2008 at 03:13 PM PST.

Also republished by Readers and Book Lovers.


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