Best-selling author Naomi Wolf makes the case on how to save American democracy in The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot, and patriots throughout the country have responded. As of today, End of America ranks #14 on The New York Times paperback, non-fiction bestseller list; #22 on the national Booksense bestseller list; and #13 on the Northern California Bookseller Association list.
“The response from ordinary Americans to the core message of this book is inspiring,” said Wolf. “These patriots, like me, see our nation turning into something that in the near future could be quite other than the open society in which we grew up and learned to love liberty. Our Founders would be proud of this grassroots activism, and we need to make sure that candidates running for office hear this call for liberty.”
Through authoritative research and documentation Wolf explains how events of the last six years parallel steps taken in the early years of the 20th century’s worst dictatorships such as Germany, Russia, China, and Chile. End of America cuts across political parties and ideologies and speaks directly to those among us who are concerned about the ever-tightening noose being placed around our liberties.For weeks, Wolf has been taking her message directly to the American people as part of a large national campaign to reach out to ordinary Americans. She has blogged regularly for Huffington Post, Powell’s Books, and Firedoglake.com, and has made television appearances on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, and on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report.
The End of America adds to Chelsea Green Publishing’s growing reputation as a cutting-edge political publisher, and is the second book for this small, independent publisher to become a national bestseller. The previous bestseller was George Lakoff’s Don’t Think of an Elephant! Know Your Values and Frame the Debate (2004).
“As with Don’t Think of an Elephant!, which became a runaway national bestseller, we proved that a small, independent publisher—not part of the corporate conglomerate media—can make a difference in the world and spur citizen action and broad-based awareness on important topics that the mainstream publishers either choose to ignore or suppress,” said Margo Baldwin, Chelsea Green’s publisher. “This is a very important book for us, and the country, and one we hope can repair our fractured and damaged democracy.”
Wolf is a founder of the nascent American Freedom Campaign, a grassroots effort to ensure that presidential candidates pledge to uphold the constitution and protect our liberties from further erosion.
According to another release by the campaign today, six Democratic presidential candidates have signed on, or submitted signed letters that conform to the campaign’s goals. Former Senator John Edwards and Senator Joe Biden sent signed letters outlining their positions, while Governor Bill Richardson (D-NM), Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), and former Senator Mike Gravel (D-AK) signed the “American Freedom Pledge.” No Republican candidate has yet to respond, although Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) earlier this year did sign a similar pledge circulated by the American Freedom Agenda, an organization formed by conservative leaders, including former Reagan official Bruce Fein and former congressman Bob Barr.