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Pete Seeger vs. The Un-Americans: A Tale of the Blacklist

Pete Seeger vs. The Un-Americans: A Tale of the Blacklist

Shining a light on the McCarthy era, “Pete Seeger vs. The Un-Americans: A Tale of the Blacklist” is an inspiring, yet surprising story of how this brave man’s commitment to freedom of speech and freedom of association was put before the risk of imprisonment and professional ruin. During an “ugly chapter” in U.S. history, this book is a well-researched and well-written story that shows the real importance of the First Amendment.

“Pete Seeger vs. The Un-Americans: A Tale of the Blacklist” sets the record straight as the author, Ed Renehan, reveals some secrets about Seeger’s struggle for social justice through the late 1950s and early 1960s. After he was subpoenaed in 1955 to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee yet refused to comply, Seeger was convicted of contempt of Congress and sentence to jail, which was later overturned. Renehan not only tells the story of Seeger’s struggle to preserve freedom and integrity, it is a look at how the American government has victimized artists, “shutting down dialogue on important social issues.”

Peering inside the life of Seeger, the book is a tribune to one man’s complex, yet courageous life. Readers will come to understand Seeger’s evolution as an activist, artist and American icon in the “political context of his time.”

“Subtleties don’t travel well in a ‘sound bite’ culture”—this book will bring this and many other of Seeger’s lyrics to a new level leaving you educated on this dark and tangled era in our nation’s history.

Monsanto vs. the World: The Monsanto Protection Act, GMOs and Our Genetically Modified Future

Monsanto vs. the World: The Monsanto Protection Act, GMOs and Our Genetically Modified Future

In a movement to take down the “rapist of the ecosystem,” the resourceful book, “Monsanto vs The World: Monsanto, GMOs and Our Genetically Modified Future,” by Jason Louve, is an impactful look inside Monsanto’s ignorance and its destruction to our ecosystem through genetic modification.

From the book’s introduction through to the end, Louv delves into the endless controversy surrounding Monsanto’s arrogant rapacity. It breaks down the corrupt Monsanto Protection Act signed into law by President Obama in 2013, reveals the numerous donations Monsanto made to a variety of political campaigns, introduces the dangers of genetic modification, looks at the toxicity of Monsanto’s agri-poisons and uncovers the third-world resistance to biotech.

Revealing what mainstream media keeps secret, “Monsanto vs. The World: Monsanto, GMOs and Our Genetically Modified Future” unleashes what Americans need to wake up and take down the Monsta. The horror revealed in Louv’s book positively contributes to the struggle against Monsanto. Not only are readers encouraged to stop Monsanto’s irresponsible behavior against agriculture and the ecosystem, it encourages Americans to join the rest of the world in protest.

After reading “Monsanto vs. The World: Monsanto, GMOs and Our Genetically Modified Future” you’ll find yourself part of the change.

Palast Investigates II: Vultures and Vote Rustlers

Palast Investigates II: Vultures and Vote Rustlers

From the New York Times’ bestselling author and top investigative reporter, Greg Palast busts the billionaires and ballot bandits who would pick our next president in his updated documentary, “Vultures and Vote Rustlers.” This 70-minute DVD provides updates behind his hard-hitting investigations for BBC-TV and Democracy Now!

What the New Yorker called “Great fun,” the documentary tracks down the billionaires behind Chris Christie, reports on the attempt to block black voters in Ohio, reveals the hidden story behind the Deepwater Horizon disaster, exposed Larry Summers “end-game” memo and hunts down financial predators worldwide. In disguise on the streets of Brooklyn, New York and undercover searching the bogus ballot boxes of Ohio, the documentary features Palast and his detective team reveal the scumbags and scoundrels in this world.

The documentary combines eight of Palast’s favorite investigations and will have you screaming in disbelief as he reports on the corruption that’s running rampant in the U.S.

“Vultures and Vote Rustlers” tells the stories mainstream media doesn’t want you to see and makes a bunch of billionaires’ and oil company CEOs’ cry at the sight of.