Standing Up to the Madness

Standing Up To the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times
by Amy Goodman and David Goodman [Hyperion]

In their third book together, Democracy Now host Amy Goodman and brother/journalist David Goodman provide a set of profiles in courage for a new generation. The book's chapters tell the stories of individuals and groups of people who have responded to injustice with courage and resistance: New Orleans organizer Malik Rahim's community organizing in the wake of Katrina; librarians resisting orders to surveil patrons; Lt. Ehren Watada's refusal to fight an unjust war. The Goodmans implicitly critique the establishment media for their failure to recognize the value in these people's stories, which, the book argues, point the way to an emerging wave of grassroots civic participation. -jl

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