By Michael Zezima
Because while was once it unpatriotic to dissent? Why is it “un-American” to query our government’s rules? and the way did the a ways correct be capable to declare the flag solely for itself?
A ebook that the rustic desperately needs,50 American Revolutions is a concise, quickly consultant to the folks and occasions in our country’s background that progressives and an individual now not inspired via the novel Right’s warped model of patriotism may be pleased with. writer Mickey Z starts off with Thomas Paine’s progressive manifesto logic, written anonymously as a pamphlet in January 1776 and skim by means of each member of Congress, and is going directly to spotlight the main striking humans and occasions within the heritage of the U.S., all the way through to the households of 11th of September sufferers within the team peaceable Tomorrows wondering the relationship among the occasions of that day and the United States’ next acts of aggression in Iraq.
In addition to concise essays on every thing and everybody from the invoice of Rights to incapacity rights, Coxey’s military to Public Enemy, Mickey additionally highlights vital milestones alongside the timeline of the booklet, making for a whole photo people background, reliable with bad.
As with Russ Kick’s ultra-popular50 issues You’re now not purported to Know,50 American Revolutions is completely sized for purses and coat wallet (it’s a similar dimension as a CD), and at under $10, it’s an immense reward for an individual whose thought of patriotism wishes a few revision.
A self-educated kickboxing teacher who lectures on international coverage at MIT in his spare time,Mickey Zhas been referred to as a “professional iconoclast” through Newsday. TimeOut New Yorksays he’s a “political provocateur.” To Howard Zinn, he’s “iconoclastic and bold.” the writer of 4 books, such a lot lately The Seven lethal Spins: Exposing the Lies at the back of struggle Propaganda, Mickey lives in Queens, ny.
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