Daily Briefing - Monday August 23, 2010

Narda Zacchino co-wrote Boots on the Ground by Dusk: Searching for Answers in the Death of Pat Tillman along with Mary Tillman. Narda Zacchino is a Pulitzer-nominated journalist who worked as a reporter at the Los Angeles Times and as an editor at the San Francisco Chronicle. She co-created the Los Angeles Times annual Festival of Books held at UCLA. She is also a co-founder, editor, and publisher at Time Capsule Press. We will be giving away Boots on the Groud by Dusk as a premium today for a donation of $100.

Background Briefing - Sunday August 22, 2010

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United Kingdom. He is now the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at the American University in Washington DC, the First Distinguished Chair of Middle East and Islamic Studies at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He has written over a dozen award-winning books, including Discovering Islam, which formed the basis of the BBC six-part TV series called “Living Islam,” and the book Journey into Islam. He recently completed a book and movie project called, Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam, which we are offering up today for a donation of $125.00.


Qamar-ul Huda is a Senior Program Officer in the Religion and Peacemaking Program and a scholar of Islam at U.S. Institute of Peace. His area of expertise is Islamic theology, intellectual history, ethics, comparative ethics, the language of violence, conflict resolution and non-violence in contemporary Islam. His research is on comparative Sunni-Shi’ite interpretations of social justice, ethics, dialogue, and the ways in which the notion of justice is used and appropriated. His book, The Crescent and Dove: Peace and Conflict Resolution in Islam, provides a critical analysis of models of nonviolent strategies, peace building efforts, and conflict resolution methods in Muslim communities. We are offering up his book today for a donation of $80.00.

Daily Briefing - Thursday August 19, 2010

Robert Scheer is a journalist, author and columnist, and the author of The Great American American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street, his work has been published across the country for the past 30 years.  Between 1964 and 1969 he was Vietnam correspondent, managing editor and editor in chief of Ramparts magazine. From 1976 to 1993 he served as a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, and in 1993 he launched a nationally syndicated column based at the Los Angeles Times, where he was named a contributing editor. 

That column ran weekly for the next 12 years and is now based at the San Francisco Chronicle. After leaving the LA Times, Robert Scheer founded Truthdig, a web magazine that provides expert in-depth coverage of current affairs as well as other content assembled from a progressive point of view.

Truthdig has won both the juried Webby Award and People’s Voice Award in the category of Best Political Blog.  Robert Scheer has written eight books, including “My Close Encounters with Nixon, Carter, Bush I and Clinton--and How They Did Not Prepare Me for George W. Bush.”  And "The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America," and his latest, The Great American Stickup, which we are offering up today for an $80 donation to the Daily Briefing at 818-985-5735

Daily Briefing - Wednesday August 18, 2010


Victoria Bruce and Karin Hayes are the authors of a brand new book we are offering up today Hostage Nation: Colombia’s Guerilla Army and the Failed War on Drugs in collaboration with Colombian Journalist Jorge Enrique Botero, the only jouranlist ever to gain access to the American hostages held captive by the FARC. Victoria Bruce is also the author of No Apparent Danger: The True Story of Volcanic Distaster at Galeras and Nevado del Ruiz. And Karin Hayes co-produced the codirected the award-winning documentary film The Kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt. Again they are the co-aitheros of this brand new book Hostage Nation: Colombia’s Guerilla Army and the Failed War on Drugs which w are offering up for a @15 donation to the Daily Briefing at 818-985-5785


Alexander Zaitchik is a freelance journalist who spend most of 2009 on the road in America, researching and writing his first book, Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triump of Ignorance (Wiley, 2010). In 2008 he worked out of Miami and Mexico City. In 2007 he was based in Moscow, Russia, where hwas on staff at the Exile, and Enlgish-launguage newspaper with Matt Taibbi. In 2006 he was an investigative reporting fellow at the Souther Poverty Law Center, based in Montgomery, Alabama, and Washington D.C. In 2005 he was based in Delhi, India, focusing on South Asia. We are offering up Alexander’s new book Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance here today for a $125 donation to “The Daily Briefing” at 818-985-5735.

Daily Briefing - Tuesday August 17, 2010


Greta Ehrlich is an American author of 13 books. A prolific traveller, her articles been published extensively in countless news magazines. She was a correspondent for NPR’s Day to Day and has reported from Kosovo, the Arctic, and Africa. She has received a multitude of awards for her works, a Bellagio Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, the Harold B. Vurcell Award for distinguished prose from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Having spent the last 20 years visiting the arctic, she is the author of Empire of Ice: Encounters in a changing landscape, recipient of the 2010 Henry David Thoreau Prize, a book we are offering up today for a $125 premium.