Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times [NOOK Book]

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Standing Up to the Madness not only is a timely, inspiring, and even revolutionary look at who wields the greatest power in America--everyday people who take a chance and stand up for what they believe in--but also offers advice on what you can do to help.

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Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times

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Overview

Standing Up to the Madness not only is a timely, inspiring, and even revolutionary look at who wields the greatest power in America--everyday people who take a chance and stand up for what they believe in--but also offers advice on what you can do to help.

Where are the millions marching in the streets to defend human rights, civil liberties, and racial justice? Where is the mass revulsion against the killing and torture being carried out in our name? Where are the environmentalists? Where is the peace movement?

The answer: They are everywhere.

The award-winning sister-brother team of Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, and investigative journalist David Goodman traveled the country to detail the ways in which grassroots activists have taken politics out of the hands of politicians. Standing Up to the Madness tells the stories of everyday citizens who have challenged the government and prevailed.

As the Bush administration has waged war abroad and at home, it has catalyzed a vast groundswell of political action. From African-American residents of deluged New Orleans who are fighting racism and City Hall to regain their homes; to four Connecticut librarians who refused to spy on their patrons, challenged the USA PATRIOT Act, and won; to a group of high school students who were barred from performing a play they wrote on the Iraq War based on letters from soldiers; to the first U.S. Army officer to publicly refuse orders to deploy to Iraq, charging that his duty as an officer is to refuse to fight in an illegal and immoral war, Standing Up to the Madness profiles citizens rising to extraordinary challenges. And, in the process, they are changing the way that politics is done, both now and in the future.

In communities around the United States, courageous individuals have taken leaps of faith to stop the madness. They could only hope that if they led, others would follow. That is how movements are born. What begins as one, eventually becomes many. In that tradition, the authors have included the ways in which any individual can take action and effect change.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401395742
  • Publisher: Hachette Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • File size: 439 KB

Meet the Author

Amy Goodman
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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  • Posted January 6, 2010

    Feel Good Book of the Decade

    With so much gloom and doom going on, this book reminds me of the power each person has. It is such an emboldening, empowering, and enlightening read. Highly recommended!

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  • Posted January 6, 2010

    A Must Read

    Amy Goodman, host of NPR's Democracy Now, alongside her journalist brother, David, has written one of the most inspiring and revealing books in recent times. A must read for any American, anywhere!

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  • Posted January 6, 2010

    Amazing and Inspiring Book

    The bitter reviewer below is obviously incapable of tolerating the truth. This book is impeccably researched with reliable and researchable evidence. It is used in college curriculums. It chronicles tales of ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things, fighting for what is right and democratic, and ensuring the safety of everyone's civil liberties. It is written in a easy to read, hard to put down tone which is laugh out loud funny at times. If you ever feel down after watching or reading the news, or are frustrated with this state of the country read this book and feel refreshed. It's amazing! (Ignore the review by constitutionalfathers. He does not know what he is talking about). Enjoy!

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