1. Occupying Wall Street

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    For two months this fall, Zuccotti Park, squeezed deep in a canyon between bankers’ skyscrapers in lower Manhattan, was the site of an extraordinary political action. Home to the hundreds of anti-capitalist protestors who camped there overnight, and the thousands who visited to join the protest, the park became a magical place: a communion of sharing and consensus in the heart of a citadel defined by greed and oligarchy. In the early hours of Tuesday November the 15th the occupiers’ camp was destroyed when police swept suddenly into the square, tearing down the tents, library, kitchen and medical center, and arresting hundreds. For the multitude supporting the action it was a heart-rending moment. But if the occupation at Zuccotti was destroyed that night, the movement it spawned across America has only just begun. Issues of equality and democracy, absent from mainstream political discussion in the United States for decades, are today springing up everywhere. Now, in a new book assembled by a group of writers active in support of the occupation, the story of Occupy Wall Street is being told. Occupying Wall Street draws on extensive interviews with those who took part in the action to bring an authentic, inside-the-square history to life. In these pages you will discover in rich detail how the protest was devised and planned, how its daily needs were met, and how it won overwhelming support across the nation. In a vivid, fast-paced narrative, the key events of the occupation are described: the pepper spraying of young women corralled between plastic fences by the NYPD; the mass arrests on the Brooklyn Bridge; the victory on October 14th when an announced “clean up” of the square was abandoned by a mayor’s office fearful of a PR disaster; and the eventual storming of the occupation that brought it to an abrupt end. Woven throughout are stories of daily life in the square focusing on how the kitchen, library, media center, clean-up, hospital, and decision-making at the General Assembly functioned, all in the words of the people who were there. The future course of Occupy Wall Street remains unclear. But one thing is starkly evident: Under the banner “We are the 99%” the protest has given birth to America’s most important progressive movement since the civil rights marches half a century ago. This is the story of that beginning. Writers for the 99% is a group of writers and researchers, active in supporting Occupy Wall Street, who came together to create this book. A list of all those contributing will appear at the back of the book. All profits from this book will be donated to Occupy Wall Street.

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    • The Future of Print-Colin Robinson

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      Colin Robinson, co-publisher of OR Books, discusses the sustained need for books in printed form. Spark is a group of independent graphic design professionals who meet each month to enlighten each other on the business and creative issues that are relevant to design studios.

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      • The Torture Report

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        Sometimes the truth is buried in front of us. That is the case with more than 140,000 government documents relating to abuse of prisoners by U.S. forces during the “war on terror,” brought to light by Freedom of Information Act litigation. As the lead author of the ACLU’s report on these documents, Larry Siems is in a unique position to chronicle who did what, to whom and when. This book, written with the pace and intensity of a thriller, serves as a tragic reminder of what happens when commitments to law, common sense, and human dignity are cast aside, when it becomes difficult to discern the difference between two groups intent on perpetrating extreme violence on their fellow human beings. Divided into three sections, The Torture Report presents a stunning array of eyewitness and first-person reports—by victims, perpetrators, dissenters, and investigators—of the CIA’s White House-orchestrated interrogations in illegal, secret prisons around the world; the Pentagon’s “special projects,” in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba; plots real and imagined, and much more.

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        • Who Killed Che?

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          WHO KILLED CHE? HOW THE CIA GOT AWAY WITH MURDER By MICHAEL RATNER and MICHAEL STEVEN SMITH In compelling detail two leading U.S. civil rights attorneys recount the extraordinary life and deliberate killing of the world's most storied revolutionary: Ernesto Che Guevara. Michael Ratner and Michael Steven Smith survey the extraordinary trajectory of Che's career, from an early politicization recounted in the Motorcycle Diaries, through meetings with his compañero Fidel Castro in Mexico, his vital role in the Cuban revolution, and his expeditions abroad to Africa and Latin America. But their focus is on Che's final days in Bolivia where, after months of struggle to spread the revolution begun in Havana, Che is wounded, captured and, soon after, executed. Bound and helpless, Che's last words to his killer, a soldier in the Bolivian Army, are "Remember, you are killing a man." Referencing internal U.S. government documentation, much of it never before published, Ratner and Smith bring their forensic skills as attorneys to analyze the evidence and present an irrefutable case that the CIA not only knew of and approved the execution, but was instrumental in making it happen. Cables from the agency disavowing any U.S. role in the murder were merely attempts to provide plausible deniability for the Johnson administration. The spirit of Che Guevara, as an icon and an inspiration, is as vibrant today as it ever was. News photographs of democracy protestors in the Middle East carrying his image have circulated the world in recent months. For anyone drawn to his remarkable life and its violent, unlawful end, Who Killed Che ? will engage, anger and educate. Available at www.orbooks.com

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          • Tweets from Tahrir

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            TWEETS FROM TAHRIR EGYPT’S REVOLUTION AS IT UNFOLDED, IN THE WORDS OF THE PEOPLE WHO MADE IT Edited by NADIA IDLE and ALEX NUNNS Foreword by AHDAF SOUEIF The Twitter accounts of the activists who brought heady days of revolution to Egypt in January and February this year paint an exhilarating picture of an uprising in real-time. Thousands of young people documented on cell phones every stage of their revolution, as it happened. This book brings together a selection of key tweets in a compelling, fast-paced narrative, allowing the story of the uprising to be told directly by the people in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Many of the activists were “citizen journalists”, using Twitter to report what was happening. Others used the social network to organize, communicating the next steps necessary for the revolution to move forward. Nearly everyone online gave instant reactions to the extraordinary events occurring before their eyes. History has never before been written in this fashion. The tweet limit of 140 characters evidently concentrated the feelings of those using Twitter. Raw emotion bursts from their messages, whether frantic alarm at attacks from pro-government thugs or delirious happiness at the fall of the dictator. To read these tweets is to embark a rollercoaster ride, from the surprise and excitement of the first demonstration, to the horror of the violence that claimed hundreds of lives, to the final ecstasy of victory. Many of those tweeting also took photographs with their phones and these illustrate the book, providing remarkable snapshots from the heart of the action. Edited by young activists Alex Nunns and Nadia Idle, an Egyptian who was in Tahrir Square when Mubarak fell, Tweets from Tahrir is a highly original take on one of the most important and dramatic events in recent world politics. The result is as gripping as any thriller – but it’s all real. only at www.orbooks.com

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            • The Rude Pundit's Almanack

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              BOOKS NOW SHIPPING!! WHY SHOULD THE WRONG WING HAVE ALL THE FUN? “A tornado of a writer….a child of Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor and Hunter S. Thompson.” —The New York Times THERE’S NOWHERE TO HIDE FROM THE RUDE PUNDIT In the tradition of Abbie Hoffman, Bill Hicks, and Bill Maher, from the depths of the left side of the blogosphere, the Rude Pundit steps forth to defend the right to be liberal, to be sexually suspect, to be broke and pissed-off—and to make fun of Republicans all the time, all the time. Including: “Glenn Beck Is the New Martin Luther King (in Hell)” “Nuns and Guns” “Riding on an Airplane with Someone Who Talks to God” and profiles of great Americans of our time such as Tim Pawlenty, David Duke, Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum, Jeb Bush and many, many more! YOU’LL LAUGH • YOU’LL CRY • YOU’LL GET NAUSEATED • YOU'LL GET AROUSED • AND IT’S (almost) ALL TRUE featuring charming anecdotes, twisted poems, gonzo reportage, tragic photographs, meaningless charts, Founding Fathers in compromising positions, and much, much more Only at www.orbooks.com

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              • Welcome to the Greenhouse: New Science Fiction on Climate Change

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                Only at www.orbooks.com Forty years ago, Walt Kelly’s comic strip character Pogo famously intoned: “We have met the enemy, and he is us.” Now, as the evidence for climate change becomes overwhelming, we learn the hard reality behind that witticism. The possible destruction, and certain transformation, of the ecosphere has been brought about by our own activities. What will our new world look like? How will we—can we—adapt? The clash of a rapidly changing environment with earth’s self-styled ruling species, humans, provides ample creative fodder for this riveting anthology of original science fiction. In Welcome to the Greenhouse, award-winning editor Gordon Van Gelder has brought together sixteen speculative stories by some of the most imaginative writers of our time. Terrorists, godlike terraformers, and humans both manipulative and hapless populate these pages. The variety of stories reflects the possibilities of our future: grim, hopeful, fantastic and absurd. Included is new work by Brian W. Aldiss, Jeff Carlson, Judith Moffett, Matthew Hughes, Gregory Benford, Michael Alexander, Bruce Sterling, Joseph Green, Pat MacEwen, Alan Dean Foster, David Prill, George Guthridge, Paul Di Filippo, Chris Lawson, Ray Vukcevich and M. J. Locke.

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                • Rich People Party

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                  OR Books celebrates the launch of Chris Lehmann's RICH PEOPLE THINGS at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. RICH PEOPLE THINGS is available at www.orbooks.com.

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                  • ONLY AT OR BOOKS: The Autobiography of Jenny X by Lisa Dierbeck

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                    On the surface of things Nadia Orsini's life appears comfortable and unremarkable -- Ivy League educated, happily married to a doctor, a mother of three, and a moderately successful photographer. But not all is as it seems. Nadia has been telling lies. Nobody, not even her family, knows about her past, her dark dealings with a U.S. senator, or the scandal she was caught up in surrounding his young son. Then, Nadia receives a disturbing package in the mail and her mask threatens to disintegrate, exposing a horrifying secret. She realizes someone is spying on her, has broken in to her studio and rummaged through her hidden safe. If she can't stop them, she will lose her husband, family, suburban home -- and the precarious hold on her own singular identity. Meanwhile, from a prison cell in the mountains, a convicted felon named Christopher Benedict is hatching a plot. The leader of a shadowy group of Aktionists, he writes daily to a woman known only as "Jenny X." Lisa Dierbeck's startling first novel, One Pill Makes You Smaller, gave an unflinching, raw account of a relationship between a charismatic adult man and an underage girl. Set in the gritty art world of the 70s, its surprising humor, honesty and eroticism drew acclaim from numerous publications, including The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, O (the Oprah magazine), Publisher's Weekly and The New York Times Book Review, which named it a Notable Book of 2003. About The Autobiography of Jenny X: "Baader Meinhof meets Marvel comics." —Pagan Kennedy, author of The First Man-Made Man. "Some books have a black heart. This one has a black-light heart: Lisa Dierbeck's gripping novel about a love triangle between a Senator's son-turned-artist-turned-convict, a straitlaced oncologist, and the woman who they both love glows with vibrant strangeness." —Ben Greenman, author of What He's Poised To Do. About One Pill Makes You Smaller: "A shocking and accomplished first novel." —Newsday "Mordantly funny...Alice's experiences are miserable, harrowing, illuminating and wonderful." —Mary Gaitskill, author of Veronica Publication November 30 2010 288 pages

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                    • Sarah Palin on Larry King Live Last Night - "Buy this book and burn it!"

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                      In a sensational appearance on Larry King Live last night, potential presidential hopeful Sarah Palin angrily denounced a controversial new book being published next week: At the Tea Party, edited by Laura Flanders. Speaking forcefully to an evidently stunned King, Palin called on her supporters to buy the book and then burn it, in order to prevent it falling into the wrong hands. Palin also railed against the book's publisher, OR Books, responsible for last year's runaway bestseller Going Rouge: Sarah Palin -- An American Nightmare, describing the company as "my nemesis". An OR Books spokesperson responded: "We are shocked by the ferocity of Palin's attack, but even more by her use of the word "nemesis" We believe this performance was clearly coached, probably by Newt Gingrich." Watch Palin's appearance by clicking here And find out more about At the Tea Party at www.orbooks.com

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