books.thumbnail.JPGThis Sunday’s Book Salon is about you. This is your opportunity to let FDL know what books we featured on the Book Salon you enjoyed. Why did you like them, were there any surprises, did you learn something new?

I’ve had the opportunity for the last year to bring to you authors and books that are progressive, interesting, topical, and funny. It has been an interesting journey and a very rewarding one. It has been fun working with the publicists and authors in setting up the Book Salons. The authors and now some publishing houses are calling us looking for Firedoglake to present their books and ideas to you.

You have a reputation as the best book salon, as intelligent, knowledgeable readers who ask probing, inquiring questions of our authors. This has impressed the publishing houses so much that FDL Book Salon is one of the "musts" on progressive book tours, for new authors to get noticed, and for established authors to get their message out. They respect your opinions and comments. The publicists enjoy reading the book salons, some are actually there lurking.

Our authors thank FDL (You) for an enjoyable book salon. Some have said the FDL Book Salon is the best part of their book tours. Many of them are surprised at the complexity of the discussions. They comment about the ability to have a conversation about the topic, not sound bites, or interruptions for commercials. Even authors who are blogging for the first time generally enjoy the experience and want to continue blogging in the future. You have made a positive impact on their lives. It was gratifying when John Dean said being on the Book Salon was the best way to spend his birthday.

Over the last year we’ve had over 100 authors, books and DVDs, with outstanding Hosts for the Book Salons also. As a refresher – here is a short list of some of the authors and books.

Now down to work, what books did you like and why, what were your favorites, and how about suggestions for future books, subjects, and authors.

Thank you –

John Dean – Broken Government: How Republican Rule Destroyed the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches

Paul Krugman – The Conscience of a Liberal

Valerie Plame Wilson – Fair Game

Dahr Jamail – Beyond the Green Zone: An Unembedded Journalist

Susan Faludi – The Terror Dream

Naomi Wolf – End of America

Gen. Wesley Clark – A Time To Lead: For Duty, Honor and Country

Muhammad Yunus -Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism (Dr Yunus received the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize)

Sarah Posner – God’s Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters

David Cay Johnston – Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You with the Bill) (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

Thom Hartmann – Cracking the Code: How to Win Hearts, Change Minds, and Restore America’s Original Vision

Randall Kennedy – Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal

Lou Dubose (Molly Ivins) – Bill of Wrongs: The Executive Branch’s Assault on America’s Fundamental Rights

Susan Wicklund – This Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion Doctor

Linda Bilmes – The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict (Harvard, John F. Kennedy School of Government) (Co-Authored with Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize winner)

Congressman Robert Wexler – Fire-Breathing Liberal: How I Learned to Survive (and Thrive) in the Contact Sport of Congress

Senator Lincoln Chafee – Against the Tide: How a Compliant Congress Empowered a Reckless President

Senator Harry Reid – The Good Fight: Hard Lessons From Searchlight to Washington

Philip Shenon – The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation

Glenn Greenwald – Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics

Cliff Schecter – The Real McCain: Why Conservatives Don’t Trust Him and Why Independents Shouldn’t

Arianna Huffington – Right Is Wrong: How the Lunatic Fringe Hijacked America, Shredded the Constitution, and Made Us All Less Safe

David Sirota – The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington

Amy Goodman and David Goodman – Standing Up To The Madness: Ordinary Heroes In Extraordinary Times

Myra MacPherson – All Governments Lie: The Life and Times of Rebel Journalist I. F. Stone

Paul Alexander – Machiavelli’s Shadow: The Rise and Fall of Karl Rove

Richard A. Clarke – Your Government Failed You: Breaking the Cycle of National Security Disasters

David Iglesias – In Justice: Inside the Scandal That Rocked the Bush Administration

Cory Doctorow – Little Brother

Molly Bingham, Steven Connors – Meeting Resistance (DVD)