Read Before You Buy . . . a Good Thing
I’m a bookworm.
As a kid, I spent hours reading. I always read from page one to the end. No racing ahead. No skipping around. It wasn’t until I was in college that I discovered the concept of reading a section of a book before reading the whole thing. Guess what? I learned to love peeking before going cover to cover.
Here are a few excerpts from my book, Wrapped in the Flag. They’ll give you a taste of my story and you’ll be able to decide if you want to own the ebook, the paperback, Audible, or the hardcover edition. Beacon Press has given me permission to share freely from my book. And that’s exactly what I’ll be doing over the next months. So grab a cup of java (or tea, or something else), and click a link below. Presto! You’ll join me inside the John Birch Society. I think you’ll quickly understand why Wrapped in the Flag matters today.
If you like what you read, I hope you’ll invest a few greenbacks for your very own copy.
What separates Wrapped In The Flag from other critiques of the far right is my personal connection to the John Birch Society, which paved the way for the Tea Party. In my book, I open up about growing up in an ultra-conservative household and the beliefs that drive the radical right. This excerpt is reprinted here with the permission of Beacon Press.
I Know What Extremism … Read more…
. . . Five Minutes Later, He Was Dead
From my book, Wrapped in the Flag, © 2013. With permission from Beacon Press.
At 11 a.m. on Friday, November 22, 1963, I stood in the crowd on Main Street. The early morning rain had stopped and it was nearly seventy degrees. For a Chicago girl used to bundling up in November, that morning in Dallas was glorious. I stripped off my light jacket … Read more…
My parents had gotten their views about African Americans and the civil rights movement from Robert Welch, an old Southern boy [and co-founder of the John Birch Society]. He’d always thought the Negroes had it good in the United States, a view he explained in a pamphlet published in the early 1960s, Two Revolutions at Once.
In it, Welch claimed that “educational opportunities [for Negroes] have … Read more…
My parents had barely unpacked from their trip to Spain when they announced a new rule
To my surprise, my parents had barely unpacked when they announced a new house rule: my brother and I were instructed to bring our schoolbooks home every day.
“We want to know what you’re being taught,” Mother explained.
“What do I tell Sister?” I asked. “We are only allowed to take workbooks out of the … Read more . . .
Make no mistake.
Donald Trump would like to be America’s dictator. Based on primary election results, a majority of the Republican party is okay with it. As of today, the GOP establishment, Evangelical Christians, Tea Party types, anti-government groups, and rank-and-file Republicans are falling in line with Trump. If you ever thought the GOP was conservative, it’s time to stop. The GOP in 2016 … Read more …