Breaking the Sound Barrier by Amy Goodman

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"Amy Goodman has taken investigative journalism to new heights of exciting, informative, and probing analysis."—Noam Chomsky

"You can learn more of the truth about Washington and the world from one week of Amy Goodman's Democracy Now! than from a month of Sunday morning talk shows. Make that a year of Sunday talk shows. That's because Amy, as you will discover on every page of this book, knows the critical question for journalists is how close they are to the truth, not how close they are to power."—From the Preface by Bill Moyers

Amy Goodman, award-winning host of the daily internationally broadcast radio and television program Democracy Now!, breaks through the corporate media's lies, sound bites, and silence in this wide-ranging new collection of articles. In place of the usual suspects—the "experts" who, in Goodman's words, "know so little about so much, explain the world to us, and get it so wrong"—this accessible, lively collection allows the voices the corporate media exclude and ignore to be heard loud and clear. From community organizers in New Orleans, to the courageous American soldiers who've said "No" to Washington's wars, to the victims of torture and police violence, we are given the extraordinary opportunity to hear ordinary people standing up and speaking out. Written with all of the fierce intelligence and passion for truth that millions have come to expect from Amy Goodman's reportage, Breaking the Sound Barrier proves the power that independent journalism can play in the struggle for a better world, one in which ordinary citizens are the true experts of their own lives and communities.

Amy Goodman is an award-winning investigative journalist and syndicated columnist, author and the host/executive producer of Democracy Now! airing on nearly 800 stations worldwide. Goodman is the first journalist to receive the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the 'Alternative Nobel Prize' for "developing an innovative model of truly independent grassroots political journalism that brings to millions of people the alternative voices that are often excluded by the mainstream media.". Goodman is the co-author with her brother, journalist David Goodman, of three New York Times bestsellers: Standing Up to the Madness, Static, and The Exception to the Rulers.


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Amy Goodman is a broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter and author. Goodman is also the host of Democracy Now!, an independent global news program broadcast daily on radio, television and the Internet. Goodman graduated from Radcliffe College in 1984 with a degree in anthropology. She was news director of Pacifica Radio station WBAI in New York City for over a decade when she co-founded Democracy Now! The War and Peace Report in 1996. Amy Goodman is the author of several books: The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them (2004); Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People who Fight Back (2006); Standing up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times (2008) all co-written with her brother reporter David Goodman ; Breaking the Sound Barrier (with a preface by journalist Bill Moyers)(2009) and The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope (2012).
Published October 1, 2009 by Haymarket Books. 402 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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In this collection of her best online columns, award-winning investigative journalist Goodman showcases a broad knowledge of history and a carefully considered point-of-view, left-leaning but driven b

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Liberal columnist Amy Goodman talks politics, with the courage of her convictions.

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Economic insecurity among whites also is more pervasive than is shown in the government’s poverty data, engulfing more than 76 percent of white adults by the time they turn 60, according to a new economic gauge being published next year by the Oxford University Press.

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“Faith means acting without critical deliberation, acting without regard for the natural consequences of one’s actions, acting because it is demanded of one by an authority.

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She had written a short radio play from her collection of stories, “The Bloody Chamber.” I liked the story, but it was too short to make into a movie.

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