Palast vs. Coulter - Battle of the Books begins
Palast vs. Coulter - Battle of the Books begins today
By Greg Palast
TODAY, ANNE COULTER AND I BOTH LAUNCH OUR BOOKS -- hers to promote the latest flavor of hate and militant ignorance; mine -- 'Armed Madhouse: Who's Afraid of Osama Wolf?, The Scheme to Steal '08 and other Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Class War -- the investigations, first broadcast on BBC, simply banned from US airways and print. (There's no truth to the rumor Coulter chose to release her book on 06-06-06 in honor of her father's birthday.)
I'm asking you to buy (or order) 'Armed Madhouse' THIS WEEK, right NOW in fact.
Why right now? Amazon and the industry have set up this Coulter vs. Palast 'launch week' as the Battle of The Books: Can progressives match the forces of darkness (they call them "conservatives")?
Coulter has a million-dollar Right Wing campaign behind her -- thereby allowing her and other hate-salesmen to control the media and the national discussion. The Coulter crew buys and dumps massive amounts of books, buying her way onto the bestseller list. I have only you.
Asia Times says, "Greg Palast, the man widely considered as the top investigative journalist in the United States, is persona non grata in his own country's media." But it's not ME that's 'non grata,' it's the information about the Washington regime -- that is shut out of the Fox-ified press. They may not count ballots, but they sure as hell count sales. That's the blunt, ugly truth of it: that's how you get the attention of America's media.
Pick up Armed Madhouse this week at your local bookstore or through Amazon or Barnes and Noble You can get to these from my website www.gregpalast.com/armedmadhouse/preorder.html
When my last book, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, was released, you made it a bestseller and, that ended the silence over the theft of the 2000 vote. We broke through the electronic Berlin wall of the American media.
The new book out today, Armed Madhouse, details the fix of the 2004 election, the Bush Administration's confidential, and surprising, plans for Iraq's oil, the untold story of the destruction of New Orleans, the dark, misunderstood economics of the rise of the India-China colossus, Ken Lay's unindicted co-conspirators and many more tales of the current regime you won't get on your nightly news.
Don't be fooled by the fact that the book is entertaining -- this is my most serious investigative reporting yet, connecting Venezuela's petrodollars, 3.6 million missing ballots, Thomas Friedman, Hurricane Katrina and, the death of General Motors and the Arnold Schwarzenegger's tawdry little gatherings with Ken Lay.
The full title is Armed Madhouse: Who's Afraid of Osama Wolf?, China Floats Bush Sinks, the Scheme to Steal '08, No Child's Behind Left and other Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Class War. Welcome to the world of militarized greed, where America's panic over lunatics with box-cutters has metastasized into a billion-dollar fear industry, where Republicans sucking on Super-Sized Slurpees hunt dark-skinned voters on 'caging lists' for elimination, and James Baker's fixer in alligator boots sets up the grab for Iraq's oil on her way to the rodeo. Plus 50 illustrations, including several marked "secret" by the State Department and a brilliant recipe for fish curry.
Hear excerpts from Armed Madhouse read by Amy Goodman, Randi Rhodes, Larry David, Janeane Garofalo and others at http://www.gregpalast.com/section/podcasts
Randi Rhodes calls it the "best investigative reporting in America -- and the funniest." And deadly serious at the same time. Please get their attention -- and get it today. Yes, this is a hard sell for this book -- and for good reason: I'm asked again and again, What can we DO? The answer is, we can't do anything until we're INFORMED. We can't prevent the theft of the '08 election until you know the crazy details of the theft of '04. We can't shield ourselves from economic slaughter until we have the hard, if hidden, facts of class conflict from the Sino-dollar panic to the privatization of hurricane planning. That's why I wrote this book: as a class war defense course.
And that's why Code Pink, Operation PUSH, Ohio Citizens for Secure Elections, Democracy for America affiliates and a score of other front-line organizations are sponsoring the Armed Madhouse book tour.
The ARMED MADHOUSE TOUR BEGINS TONIGHT. I will be traveling to twenty cities across the US to meet with you during teach-ins, which will expose economic piggery so deep and devious you'll just have to scream or cry - or laugh.
For a list of cities and locations, see the end of this email or go to: http://www.gregpalast.com/madhouse/index.php/tour/tour-dates/
For sponsors and sponsorship info, go to: http://www.gregpalast.com/armedmadhouse/madhousesponsors.html
Armed Madhouse Table of Contents here: http://www.gregpalast.com/printerfriendly.cfm?artid=495
Read an excerpt from Armed Madhouse: http://www.gregpalast.com/madhouse/index.php/category/excerpts
Armed Madhouse Tour:
Tue. June 6. San
Wed. June 7. Berkeley
Wed. June 7. Santa Rosa
Thurs. June 8. Seattle
Fri. June 9. San Francisco
Fri. June 9. Los Angeles
Sat. June 10. San Diego
Sun. June 11. Chicago
Mon. June 12. Washington D.C.
Tue. June 13. NYC
Wed. June 14. NYC
Thur. June 15. Boulder
Fri. June 16. Denver
Sat. June 17. Albuquerque
Sun. June 18. Austin
Mon. June 19. Houston
Tue. June 20. Columbus
Thur. June 21. Albany
Fri. June 23. Atlanta
Sat. June 24. Tampa