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This is the case that broke open the COINTELPRO operation at the FBI and all of J. Edgar Hoover’s dirty tricks.
With the Aaron Swartz tragedy so fresh in our minds, it's worthwhile to re-visit the machinations of institutional persecution and cover-up that comes right from the top.
Fred Hampton is still a household name in the black community and anyone who ever filed a “Freedom of Information Act" request.
I helped organize a national tour of the movie based on Hampton's case in the 1970s... it was seared into my mind. I’m delighted to find Haas's excellent new book on the whole saga.
The story is enthralling— scary, suspenseful, funny— young people hanging onto the edge of their seats by sheer wit and passion. It’s hard to believe they were so young, in their late teens. and taking on the world. Inspiring.
Excellent narration by George Newborn who brings emotion and clarity to the reading.
I have waited so long for this finale to the "Troubles Trilogy" that when I met a woman in a local bar with a early release UK copy of the paperback, I practically wrestled her to the floor. Now, I have both Kindle and audio in my greedy hands, and it's as gratifying as one could hope for. The appearances by 'Joe Kennedy," "Gerry Adams," and "Margaret Thatcher" --- I can't even decide who packs the most punch! Gerard Doyle, hats off, and Adrian, you have made a historical contribution to Great Irish antiheroes, locked box mysteries, and the sexiest fatalistic detective ever.
Ariel Gore’s sensitive, sardonic memoir of her mother’s death from cancer is not what you'd expect. This was no graceful exit.
When Ariel's mother, who found too much humor in repeated watchings of "Mommy Dearest;" who got herself banned from three different Portland cab companies for histrionics, calls her up with the news that she has terminal lung cancer, Ariel realizes she's going to have to step up to the plate to take care of her.
But as Admiral Ackbar says, "It's a trap!"
Yes, her mother is dying, but she's going to burn down the funeral home on the way out. Ariel loses her home, her lover, and nearly, her wits as her manipulative mother makes further and further demands, and exacts revenge if those demands aren't met.
Ariel finds the strength, the humor, and the whiskey to keep at it and keep it together. She does what she must to see her mother through to the end and she stays on her path to find peace and new love in the end.
Ariel's own voice was the only choice for this reading. Who else could bring all the nuance of conflicting emotions to such a tough book to get right?
This follow up to “Jane Bites Back” is every bit as witty, juicy and bloody. Here is Jane Austen as we always wanted her, immortal, deadly, witty as heck, and most importantly, still writing.
This time around, she’s a successful “debut” author being dogged by fans, reviewers, and filmmakers producing a film version of her new work. Add in a fiancé who wants her to convert to Judaism, and a potential mother in law who is also—yes a vampire hunter.
Thomas Michael Ford is up to the task of keeping this madcap comedy rolling along. He possesses an arch wit and deadly sense of drama that few can rival.
Once again Katherine Kellgren narrates seamlessly, with a whole town’s worth of voices keeping everything going at a satisfying clip.
Roger King was an English professor, who, filled with a bit of hubris, accepted a prestigious appointment in the US, and got ready to start what he thought would be his new sex and romance-filled, ego-stoking adventure.
To his shock, his health crashed, and no one could explain what the hell had happened to him. He'd developed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or ME.
Love and Fatigue in America is his fictionalized account of his experience.
Instead of teaching college students, the nameless narrator ends up wandering state to state, and woman to woman, sleeping on strangers' couches, the only constant in his life, his dog.
His insights into masculinity, sexuality, and the American healthcare system, in the face of the mysteries and incapacities of ME, are startling.
His poetic, satiric epilogue, "The Benefits of Illness," should be made into a poster and widely wheat-pasted at every doctor's office!
Graeme Malcom is a fantastic narrator, and I was glad to be with him for the whole trip.
In Swallow the Ocean, Laura M. Flynn describes what it was like when, as a child, her world fell apart. Her confident, beautiful mother was overcome by paranoid schizophrenia.
“I lived in her world, and even if none of this was real to other people, the consequences were real to me.”
While there are a lot of mental illness memoirs out there, Flynn’s stands out for her seamless writing, her evocative remembrance of Seventies San Francisco, and her ability to make clear the childhood logistics of having an unstable caregiver.
Narrated by Julie McKay who has a really nice emotive range, and sympathy for the nuances of the narrators emotions.
The heist of the century didn’t involve banks, jewels, or art.
A secret team of people from all walks of life banded together in order to bring down one of the most powerful men in American history. It took bravery. It required ingenuity: they couldn't pick the door lock, so they left a note asking that the door be left open...and it worked!
There was betrayal: one backed out and threatened to turn them in. Finally, there was loyalty—they kept their secret for forty years.
The Burglary revisits what the American people didn’t KNOW before the Media burglary. Dissident groups knew they were being torn apart from the inside, but nobody could prove it.
What the burglars found put a light on Hoover’s COINTELPRO, and the FBI’s illegal and sadistic suppression of dissent in America.
Chapter 1 asks, “Who would to go to prison to save dissent?”
These were ordinary people in the anti-war movement: “a professor of religion and former freedom rider; a day-care director; a physicist,a cab driver, an antiwar activist, a lock picker, a graduate student haunted by members of her family lost to the Holocaust and the passivity of German civilians under Nazi rule.”
Each one stepping outside the law to do what they felt was right.
Bronson Pinchot, Audible’s "Narrator of the Year," gives yet another stellar performance. He has such a feel for inflection and intonation that his narration that I knew.... we'd found the one. I asked Betty to introduce herself and read her very special acknowledgements, so you'll hear her wonderful voice as well.
It’s almost impossible to condense all there is to write about California Governor Jerry Brown. Does one point to the numerous political accomplishments of a no B.S., get-things-done, governor-Democratic Chairman-Mayor-Attorney General-Governor?
Or, does one focus on Governor Moonbeam, the rock star-dating do-gooder who has, among other things, studied in both a Jesuit Seminary, and a Zen Monastery, worked with Mother Teresa, and was a CARE ambassador to flood victims in Bangladesh?
Lucky for me, I don’t have to make that choice. Chuck McFadden’s Trailblazer cover’s all the angles, and is a great read to boot.
You cannot be a Californian and read this book without swelling with pride. Jerry Brown made California the nation's leader in clean air reform, added jobs when the rest of the country was losing them, and got this fractious state to vote to raise taxes to save the economy.
Brown's journey has so many twists and turns it sounds like fiction, and there are plenty of celebrities and political hot-shots dotted along the path.
Johnson grew up outside a Monastery in the South. When he realized he was gay, he felt like the church rejected him, and he in turn rejected religion.
Years later, at a conference with the Dalai Lama, his curiosity was piqued and he decided to research monastic life as a reporter. His feelings soon began to change.
This is a thoughtful and thought provoking meditation on personal versus institutional spiritual experience and where one fits in in a place that seems to reject who one is.
Fenton Johnson has a fine mind and is a contemplative writer, who holds you in the palm of his hand.
Can’t catch one of Mx Justin Vivian Bond’s celebrated cabaret performances? Well, now you'd better FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELT.
Hilton Als, theater critic for The New Yorker, calls Mx Justin Vivian Bond "The greatest cabaret artist of (v's) generation," and you can hear why. The range this story and Bond's reading of it display, from whisper sweet to tough as nails, is enthralling.
Bond’s memoir concerns a childhood in the Sixties and Seventies, knowing she wasn’t like the other boys. There are all sorts of details that reflect the era such as putting on his mother's "Frosted Watermelon" lipstick before school—not to mention the quack psychiatrist that told him as a child that his "gay-ness" was a just a passing faze.
There’s innocence lost and found, confusion, sweetness and more. It’s serious, deep, and deeply entertaining.
Bernice L. McFadden is a powerhouse of contemporary African American literature. She weaves together the personal and historical in a way that makes her stories matter deeply to the listener.
McFadden writes confident, lyrical fiction exploring family dynamics, and the past. History and family history--one and the same; slavery, escape, Native Americans, Africans and European slave owners-- their fates bound and futures woven together by DNA.
On a road trip from Las Vegas to Georgia, the tensions and skeletons in the closet of a mother and daughter bubble. Sherry presses her mother, Dumpling, for family stories. What unfolds is a family history rife with tragedy and courage. Sherry comes to understand the dynamics of her family, and finds the inspiration to reveal her own deep secrets.
Robin Miles gives a stunning narration, bringing sympathy to both mother and daughter in.
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