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African Anarchism: The History of a Movement cover graphic African Anarchism: The History of a Movement, by Sam Mbah and I.E. Igariwey.
The first book on the topic. Covers anarchistic elements in traditional African societies, African communalism, "African socialism," and the after-effects of colonialism.

ISBN 1-884365-05-1 / 128 pp. / Cover price $12.95, now $10.00
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Alcohol: How to Give It Up and Be Glad You Did, by Philip Tate 
 cover graphic Alcohol: How to Give It Up and Be Glad You Did (second edition), by Philip Tate.
This popular self-help book is practical, comprehensive, and easy to use. It not only helps alcohol abusers understand their behavior, but provides practical steps that anyone can use to solve an alcohol problem. Written by a cognitive-behavioral psychologist, this book includes chapters on overcoming low self-esteem, depression, stress, attending self-help groups, and living a better life after quitting. Each chapter contains specific self-help techniques. Recommended by SMART Recovery.

ISBN 1-884365-10-8 / 224 pp. / Cover price $14.95, now $12.00
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Alcoholics Anonymous: Cult or Cure? second edition, by Charles Bufe
 cover graphic Alcoholics Anonymous: Cult or Cure? (second edition), by Charles Bufe.
Introduction by Stanton Peele
This well researched, painstakingly documented book provides detailed information on the right-wing evangelical organization (Oxford Group Movement) that gave birth to AA; the relation of AA and its program to the Oxford Group Movement; AA's similarities to and differences from religious cults; AA's remarkable ineffectiveness; and the alternatives to AA. The greatly expanded second edition includes a new chapter on AA's relationship to the treatment industry, and AA's remarkble influence in the media.

ISBN 1-884365-12-4 / 208 pp. / Cover price $14.95, now $12.00
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The Anti-Christ, by Friedrich Nietzsche, translated by H.L. Mencken 
 cover graphic The Anti-Christ, by Friedrich Nietzsche.
This is Nietzsche's final book, and it's a fitting capstone to his career. It's succinct, biting, and encapsulates the criticisms of Christianity found in his other works. This edition contains an 8,000-word introduction by its translator, the famous iconoclastic writer, H.L. Mencken.

ISBN 1-884365-20-5 / 96 pp. / Cover price $6.95, now $5.00
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The Bassist's Bible original edition: How to Play Every Drum Style from Afro-Cuban to Zydeco cover graphic The Bassist's Bible (Original Edition): How to Play Every Drum Style from Afro-Cuban to Zydeco, by Tim Boomer.
This is an encyclopedic book/2-CD set containing approximately 400 bass grooves written out in standard notation, histories of the styles covered, typical chord progressions and scales used with them, and innumerable helpful performance tips. The two accompanying CDs feature performances of nearly 200 of the grooves, including every primary style example, with drum set accompaniment. Styles covered include blues, rock, jazz, reggae, country, klezmer, ska, samba, punk, surf, heavy metal, latin rock, funk, and on and on — virtually every style a performing bassist will ever need to play
ISBN 1-884365-45-0 / 196 pp. (8.5" X 11") + 2 CDs / Cover price $32.95, now $10.00
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The Bassist's Bible Second Edition: How to Play Every Drum Style from Afro-Cuban to Zydeco cover graphic The Bassist's Bible Second Edition: How to Play Every Drum Style from Afro-Cuban to Zydeco, by Tim Boomer.
This greatly expanded second edition is brimming with new features: both standard musical notation and tablature for all written musical examples; a DVD with 93 video tracks; the audio tracks for the 192 musical examples on the book's 2 CDs are twice as long as the tracks on the CDs in the original edition; many lengthier, more comprehensive chapters; and dozens of new written bass grooves (approximately 450 total). Styles covered include blues, rock, jazz, salsa, bossa nova, samb, ska, reggae, rai, country, cajun/zydeco, funk, metal polka, punk, surf, and klezmer.

Bass Player said of the original edition: "This cool new book will prove useful on many a working pro's reference shelf."

The new second edition is more comprehensive, considerably longer, and much more user friendly than the original edition. It's now a book for all bass players, from beginning students to working pros.

ISBN 9781937276232 / 263 pp. (8.5" X 11") + 2 CDs + 1 DVD / Cover price $39.95, now $24.95
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Order a copy of the revised and expanded second edition of The Bassist's Bible, and we'll include a copy of the original edition for free. You pay only what you'd pay for the second edition alone: $24.95 plus $3.50 S/H.

The Best of Social Anarchism, edited by Howard Ehrlich and a.h.s. boy. The Best of Social Anarchism, edited by Howard Ehrlich and a.h.s. boy 
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Social Anarchism is one of the longest-running and most respected anarchist journals in the United States. Since its appearance in 1980, the journal has published hundreds upon hundreds of articles by writers such as Janet Biehl, Brian Martin, Brian Morris, and Colin Ward. At over 400 pages, this massive collection contains an introduction by Jeff Shantz, Howard Ehrlich's highly amusing history of the journal, and Social Anarchism's 30 best articles divided into five major categories: 1) Theory; 2) Practice; 3) Education; 4) Notable historic figures; 5) Contemporary voices.

ISBN 9781937276478 / 417 pp. / Cover price $24.95, now $20.00
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Bi Lives, edited by Kata Orndorff, cover graphic Bi Lives: Bisexual Women Tell Their Stories, Kata Orndorff, editor. This book contains in-depth interviews with 18 bisexual women from diverse backgrounds: women in traditional monogamous relationship, one in a multi-partner relationship, some who had previously identified as lesbian, and some who were new to relationships with both sexes.

ISBN 1-884365-09-4 / 252 pp. / Cover price $14.95, now $12.00
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Cuban Anarchism: The History of a Movement, by Frank Fernandez 
 cover graphic Cuban Anarchism: The History of a Movement, by Frank Fernández. Translation and Introduction by Chaz Bufe.
This inspiring history of the Cuban anarchist movement is also a history of the Cuban labor movement. It covers both from their origins in the mid-19th century to the present, and ends with an enlightening analysis of the failure of the Castro dictatorship.

ISBN 1-884365-19-1 / 154 pp. / Cover price $12.95, now $10.00
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Culture Wars: The Threat to Your Family and Your Freedom, by Marie Alena Castle. 
 cover graphic Culture Wars: The Threat to Your Family and Your Freedom, by Boldly stated and passionately argued, this wide-ranging book analyzes the impact religion has on culture and daily life in the United States. Culture Wars delves into the theology of intrusive religions, and goes on to shows that many of our laws are based in religious belief and have harmful effects on individuals and society. Culture Wars graphically describes religious intrusions into the most intimate aspects of our lives—our rights to contraception, abortion, the right to marry, end-of-life decisions—and how preferential treatment of religious institutions harms all of us financially. Culture Wars shows in detail that religious encroachment into public life is far more serious and far more pervasive than symbolic religious displays in public places. The book ends with a call to arms—a call to resist the authoritarian intrusions into our daily lives by the religious right, America's Taliban.

ISBN 9781937276478 / 235 pp. / Cover price $14.95, now $10.00
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The Devil's Dictionaries, second edition, by Chaz Bufe and Ambrose Bierce
 cover graphic The Devil's Dictionaries, Second Edition (revised & expanded): The Best of The Devil's Dictionary and The American Heretic's Dictionary, consists of the best 200+ definitions from Ambrose Bierce, well over 500 definitions by Chaz Bufe, and 55 illustrations by J.R. Swanson. This new edition contains 90 new and 150 revised definitions by Bufe, 7 new illustrations by J.R. Swanson, a new introduction by Earl Lee, a revised preface by Bufe, and a new appendix of relevant quotations. The book's targets are religion, the government, the police, the military, capitalism, marxism, and the everyday hypocrisies and idiocies of men and women.

ISBN 1-884365-35-3 / 186 pp. (6" X 9") / Cover price $9.95, now $5.00
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Disbelief 101, by S.C. Hitchcock
 cover graphic Disbelief 101: A Young Person's Guide to Atheism, by S.C. Hitchcock.
This witty exploration into atheism and rational thinking is written specifically for young adults, although many older people will also find it of value. Not just focused on atheism, this crash course in logical thinking addresses the issue of indoctrination, whether religious, political, or commercial, and makes the case that morality is created through reason, logic, and our basic social nature, not through divine commands. The book touches on many hot topics, such as the traditional arguments for God's existence, the relationship of evolution and religious belief, the incompatible nature of science and religion, and the harmfulness of both Christianity and Islam.

ISBN 1-884365-47-7 / 130 pp. (6" X 9") / Cover price $9.95, now $8.95
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Order a copy of Disbelief 101: A Young Person's Guide to Atheism and we'll include a free copy of Friedrich Nietzsche's The Anti-Christ. You pay only what you'd pay for Disbelief 101 alone: $8.95 plus $3.50 S/H.

The Drummer's Bible: How to Play Every Drum Style from Afro-Cuban to Zydeco 2nd edition cover graphic The Drummer's Bible: How to Play Every Drum Style from Afro-Cuban to Zydeco (2nd Edition), by Mick Berry & Jason Gianni.
This newly revised and expanded book/2-CD set contains nearly 500 grooves written out in standard notation, histories of the styles covered, and innumerable helpful performance tips. The two CDs feature performances of nearly 200 of the grooves, including every primary style example, all performed both with and without a click track. Styles covered include blues, rock, jazz, reggae, country, klezmer, ska, samba, punk, surf, metal, latin rock, funk, and on and on — virtually every style a performing drummer will ever need to play

ISBN 1-937276-19-5 / 211 pp. (8.5" X 11") + 2 CDs / Cover price $34.95, now $22.00
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Free Radicals, by Zeke Teflon 
 cover graphic Free Radicals: A Novel of Utopia and Dystopia, by Zeke Teflon.
Set in the not too distant future, this gritty, darkly humorous science fiction novel traces the misadventures of hard-bitten bar musician Kel Turner as he deals with a shattered family, lousy gigs, and political repression on Earth, and religious and political cults on a nightmare pirison planet.

". . . solidly entertaining . . . reminiscent of early Mick Farren." —Publishers Weekly Online

"[T]he plot holds the reader's interest and should appeal to a fairly broad audience." —Booklist Online

"[Free Radicals] is among the best future-shock reads in years." —Tucson Weekly

"Absolutely funny. . . . A very enjoyable read: . . . humorously offensive entertainment with a big dose of reality that made me laugh out loud. —westernsfa.org
ISBN 978-1-937276-05-8 / 301 (6"X9") pp. / Cover price $12.95, now $9.95
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The Heretic's Handbook of Quotations, edited by Charles Bufe 
 cover graphic The Heretic's Handbook of Quotations: Cutting Comments on Burning Issues (expanded edition), Charles Bufe, editor.
This oversize book contains thousands of quotations on politics, sex, law, labor, capitalism, anarchism, women, religion, the arts, and 20 other subjects. Organized in chapters by subject, this book also contains an index, capsule biographies, and dozens of cartoons and illustrations. Hundreds of writers are represented, including Bakunin, Mencken, the Marxes (Groucho and Karl), Twain, Reich, Voltaire, Shaw, Chomsky, Diderot, Bookchin, Goldman, Berkman, Paine, Kroptkin, and Bierce.

ISBN 1-884365-27-2 / 238 pp. / Cover price $16.95, now $14.95
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Order a copy of The Heretic's Handbook of Quotations and we'll include a free copy of The Devil's Dictionaries with it. You pay only what you'd pay for The Heretic's Handbook of Quotations alone: $14.95 plus $3.50 S/H.

The Hour of Lead, by Kathleen De Grave 
 cover graphic The Hour of Lead, by Kathleen De Grave.
Set in a near-future Kansas beset by catastrophic climate change, this novel of ever-shifting realities explores how individual choices affect society, how careerism and academic ambition affect medical experiments, and how local solutions affect global problems.

ISBN 978-1-937276-27-0 / 255 (6"X9") pp. / Cover price $14.95, now $8.95
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Hungry for Peace, by Keith McHenry 
 cover graphic Hungry for Peace: How you can help end poverty and war with Food Not Bombs, by Keith McHenry.
This oversize how-to book contains a history of Food Not Bombs; over 100 photos and illustrations; ready-to-be-copied flyers; information on consensus process; how to deal with police harassment and infiltrators; how to obtain free food(not by dumpster diving); and dozens of tasty vegan recipes for groups of 100 and groups of six. If you want to start a Food Not Bombs group, this book is what you need.

ISBN 978-1-937276-06-5 / 180 8.5" X 11" pp. / Cover price $18.95, now $12.00
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The Jungle: The Uncensored Original Edition, by Upton Sinclair
 cover graphic The Jungle: The Uncensored Original Edition, by Upton Sinclair. The original edition—almost unknown since its appearance as a serial in 1905, and quickly suppressed upon its brief re-emergence in the 1980s—is a full third longer than the censored commercial edition. It contains 36 chapters rather than the 31 in the common expurgated version, and restores Sinclair's most pointed social and political commentary, additional gory descriptions of the meatpacking industry, ethnic color, and a large amount of material dealing with corporate crime and political corruption cut from the commercial edition. This edition also contains a new Foreword by Earl Lee dealing with the suppression of the original edition in 1905/1906 and again in the 1980s, and a new Introduction by Kathleen De Grave dealing at length with the pattern of and reasons for the cuts which resulted in the standard, expurgated edition.
ISBN 1-884365-30-2 / 368 pp. (oversize) / Cover price $14.95, now $9.50
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Making Musical Instruments with Kids, by Bart Hopkin cover graphic Making Musical Instruments with Kids: 67 Easy Projects for Adults Working with Children, by Bart Hopkin.
Making Musical Instrument with Kids presents dozens of age-graded instrument-construction projects for teachers, parents, and others working with children. These instruments are exceptionally easy to build, due to the highly detailed construction plans and the abundance of illustrative photos and drawings. The cost of building all of the instruments described in this book is very low—with some costing nothing to build—given that many are constructed entirely of free materials commonly available in homes and schools, and the rest use a combination of free and common, cheap materials (such as nuts and bolts). In addition to the plans, the author also describes how all of the instruments should be played. The audio CD provides charming illustrations of that playing

ISBN 1-884365-48-5 / 116 pp. (8.5"x11") +CD / Cover price $19.95, now $14.00
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The Mormon Cult, by Jack B. Worthy cover graphic The Mormon Cult: A Former Missionary Reveals the Secrets of Mormon Mind Control, by Jack B. Worthy.
This is both a missionary memoir and an expose on the LDS Church's intense childhood indoctrination techniques. Simultaneously fascinating, entertaining, horrifying, and revealing. You'll never look at those poor kids in the white shirts and ties in the same light after reading this book.

ISBN 1-884365-44-7 / 214 pp. (6"x9") / Cover price $14.95, now $11.00
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Musical Instrument Design, by Bart Hopkin cover graphic Musical Instrument Design: Practical Information for Instrument Making, by Bart Hopkin.
Musical Instrument Design: Practical Information for Instrument Making, by Bart Hopkin. An encyclopedic, large-format book containing hundreds of illustrations, Musical Instrument Design provides all the information that anyone (amateur or professional) should ever need to construct an amazingly wide variety of percussion, string, and wind instruments. Includes many designs for instruments along with parts lists and detailed construction instructions.

ISBN 1-884365-08-6 / 192 pp. (8.5"x11") / Cover price $19.95, now $14.00
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Overcoming Your Alcohol, Drug and Recovery Habits, by James DeSena 
 cover graphic Overcoming Your Alcohol, Drug, and Recovery Habits, by James DeSena.
This book presents an easy to follow, step by step guide to quitting your addictions—including your addiction to 12-step groups—permanently. If you want to get sober but don't want to spend several hours per week for the rest of your life sitting in boring meetings, this is the book for you.

ISBN 1-884365-29-9 / 224 pp. / Cover price $19.95, now $15.00
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The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, by H.L. Mencken
 cover graphic The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, by H.L. Mencken. Despite being the first book on Nietzsche ever published in English (in 1908), this is still one of the better intros, and it's almost certainly still the most entertaining. It should be of interest to both Nietzsche and Mencken aficionados. This edition contains a new introduction by Charles Bufe, a new Recommended Reading section, and dozens of new explanatory notes scattered throughout the text.

ISBN 1-884365-31-0 / 208 pp. / Cover price $12.95, now $9.95
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Spiritual Snake Oil, by Chris Edwards,
 cover graphic Spiritual Snake Oil: Fads & Fallacies in Pop Culture, by Chris Edwards.
"Spiritual Snake Oil scathingly and entertainingly dissects the preachings of the most prominent New Age snake oil salesmen (and women)—such as Deepak Chopra, Robert Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance), and the authors of The Secret and The Celesting Prophecy—and also goes after the advocates of the oxymoronic "intellectual Christianity" and transhumanism.

Tom Flynn, editor of Free Inquiry, says, "Watching Chris Edwards wield his critical thinking skills is like watching someone walking a brace of pit bulls. . . . No folly escapes unmauled, and no reader will want to miss the fun."

Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic, says, "Spiritual Snake Oil is an important contribution to the burgeoning skeptical literature."

ISBN 978-1-884365-79-9 / 146 pp. / Cover price $11.95, now $10.00
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Stage Fright, by Mick Berry and Michael R. Edelstein, PhD, cover graphic
 cover graphic Stage Fright: 40 Stars Tell You How They Beat America's #1 Fear, by Mick Berry and Michael R. Edelstein, Phd.
Never before has stage fright been so eloquently examined; 40 interviews with some of the most highly accomplished public figures shed light on this very common problem. Jason Alexander, Maya Angelou, David Brenner, Phyllis Diller, Olympia Dukakis, Melissa Etheridge, Richard Lewis, Ron Paul, Robin Williams and many more speak candidly about their trials with stage fright, openly discussing their fears, and ultimately revealing the various paths they followed to overcoming them. Stage fright sufferers from all walks of life—whether high school freshmen nervous about an oral presentation or professional baseball players with the eyes of the world on them—will find encouragement by understanding the commonality of their problem, and by seeing how beloved public figures have overcome it. The book also includes a lengthy chapter describing in detail proven-effective strategies and techniques for overcoming stage fright.

ISBN 1-884365-46-9 / 250 pp. / Cover price $14.95, now $10.00
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The Ultimate Betrayal, by Audrey Ricker
 cover graphic The Ultimate Betrayal: The Enabling Mother, Incest and Sexual Abuse, by Audrey Ricker, PhD.
This pioneering self-help book takes a close look at an area that has been ignored or downplayed by other books on incest and childhood sexual abuse: the role of the nonperpetrating parent. Different from previous books, The Ultimate Betrayal treats the enabling mother not as a victim, but as an adult responsible for her failure to protect her child. Ricker illustrates her analysis with 25 detailed case histories, and she provides a myriad of self-help exercises to help survivors begin to reclaim their lives.
ISBN 1-884365-40-X / 186 pp. / Cover price $12.95, now $10.00
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An Understandable Guide to Music Theory: The Most Useful Aspects of Theory for Rock, Jazz and Blues Musicians, by Chaz Bufe, cover graphic An Understandable Guide to Music Theory: The Most Useful Aspects of Theory for Rock, Jazz & Blues Musicians, by Chaz Bufe.
This perennially popular book is now in its sixth printing. It explains the most useful aspects of theory in clear, nontechnical language. Areas covered include scales (major, minor, modal, synthetic), chord formation, chord progression, melody, song forms, useful devices, (ostinato, mirrors, hocket, etc.), and instrumentation. Contains over 100 musical examples.

ISBN 1-884365-00-0 / 74 pp. (8.5"x11") / Cover price $9.95, now $8.95
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Venezuela: Revolution as Spectacle, by Rafael Uzcategui, cover graphic Venezuela: Revolution as Spectacle, by Rafael Uzcategui.
Both leftist supporters and rightist opponents of the Chavez government will be outraged by the book's premise that the Chavez regime is neither dictatorial nor revolutionary, but rather is one of a long line of Latin American populist regimes that are ultimately subservient to the U.S. government and to the transnational corporations.

Topics include Venezuela's political history and the long involvement of the military in that history; Venezuela's economy, and more especially Venezuela's oil economy; Venezuela's indigenous rights and human rights movements; Venezuela's labor movement; and the social policies of the Chavez government and its predecessors. In the course of discussing these topics, the author cites hundreds of sources, a great many of them first-hand.

ISBN 1-884365-77-9 / 238 pp. (6"x9") / Cover price $16.95, now $11.95
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The Watcher, by Nicholas P. Oakley, cover graphic The Watcher, by Nicholas P. Oakley.
Our latest science fiction novel. A fine coming-of-age tale with well drawn characters in a far-future setting, brimming with social and political questions on technology, primitivism, ecology, and the uses and misuses of consensus process.

ISBN 978-1-937276-45-4 / 230 pp. (6"x9") / Cover price $12.95, now $9.95
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The Youngest Bishop in England cover graphic The Youngest Bishop in England: Beneath the Surface of Mornonism, by Nicholas P. Oakley.
The Youngest Bishop in England, by Robert Bridgstock is a powerful memoir of life in the Mormon Church and a jaw-dropping exposé of that church. The exposé is all the more astonishing because Bridgstock relies heavily upon official Mormon sources for documentation, revealing truths about Mormon doctrine and history that the church hierarchy wishes to conceal from ordinary church members.

ISBN 978-1-937276-03-4 / 209 pp. (6"x9") / Cover price $14.95, now $11.00
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E-Books

We supply e-books via our booktrade distributor, Independent Publishers Group (IPG). E-book orders are processed by IPG separately from orders for physical books and pamphlets, which we process ourselves.
Alcohol: How to Give It Up and Be Glad You Did, by Philip Tate 
 cover graphic Alcohol: How to Give It Up and Be Glad You Did (second edition), by Philip Tate.
This popular self-help book is practical, comprehensive, and easy to use. It not only helps alcohol abusers understand their behavior, but provides practical steps that anyone can use to solve an alcohol problem. Written by a cognitive-behavioral psychologist, this book includes chapters on overcoming low self-esteem, depression, stress, attending self-help groups, and living a better life after quitting. Each chapter contains specific self-help techniques. Recommended by SMART Recovery.

Order E-book for $8.99 from Independent Publishers Group

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Alcoholics Anonymous: Cult or Cure? second edition, by Charles Bufe
 cover graphic Alcoholics Anonymous: Cult or Cure? (second edition), by Charles Bufe.
Introduction by Stanton Peele
This well researched, painstakingly documented book provides detailed information on the right-wing evangelical organization (Oxford Group Movement) that gave birth to AA; the relation of AA and its program to the Oxford Group Movement; AA's similarities to and differences from religious cults; AA's remarkable ineffectiveness; and the alternatives to AA. The greatly expanded second edition includes a new chapter on AA's relationship to the treatment industry, and AA's remarkble influence in the media.

Order E-book for $8.99 from Independent Publishers Group

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The Best of Social Anarchism, edited by Howard Ehrlich and a.h.s. boy. The Best of Social Anarchism, edited by Howard Ehrlich and a.h.s. boy 
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Social Anarchism is one of the longest-running and most respected anarchist journals in the United States. Since its appearance in 1980, the journal has published hundreds upon hundreds of articles by writers such as Janet Biehl, Brian Martin, Brian Morris, and Colin Ward. At over 400 pages, this massive collection contains an introduction by Jeff Shantz, Howard Ehrlich's highly amusing history of the journal, and Social Anarchism's 30 best articles divided into five major categories: 1) Theory; 2) Practice; 3) Education; 4) Notable historic figures; 5) Contemporary voices.

Order E-book for $12.99 from Independent Publishers Group
Bi Lives, edited by Kata Orndorff, cover graphic Bi Lives: Bisexual Women Tell Their Stories, Kata Orndorff, editor. This book contains in-depth interviews with 18 bisexual women from diverse backgrounds: women in traditional monogamous relationship, one in a multi-partner relationship, some who had previously identified as lesbian, and some who were new to relationships with both sexes.

Order E-book for $7.99 from Independent Publishers Group

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Cuban Anarchism: The History of a Movement, by Frank Fernandez 
 cover graphic Cuban Anarchism: The History of a Movement, by Frank Fernández. Translation and Introduction by Chaz Bufe.
This inspiring history of the Cuban anarchist movement is also a history of the Cuban labor movement. It covers both from their origins in the mid-19th century to the present, and ends with an enlightening analysis of the failure of the Castro dictatorship.

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Culture Wars: The Threat to Your Family and Your Freedom, by Marie Alena Castle. 
 cover graphic Culture Wars: The Threat to Your Family and Your Freedom, by Boldly stated and passionately argued, this wide-ranging book analyzes the impact religion has on culture and daily life in the United States. Culture Wars delves into the theology of intrusive religions, and goes on to shows that many of our laws are based in religious belief and have harmful effects on individuals and society. Culture Wars graphically describes religious intrusions into the most intimate aspects of our lives—our rights to contraception, abortion, the right to marry, end-of-life decisions—and how preferential treatment of religious institutions harms all of us financially. Culture Wars shows in detail that religious encroachment into public life is far more serious and far more pervasive than symbolic religious displays in public places. The book ends with a call to arms—a call to resist the authoritarian intrusions into our daily lives by the religious right, America's Taliban.

Order E-book for $9.99 from Independent Publishers Group

[ contact the author: mac(at)mtn(dot)org ]

The Devil's Dictionaries, second edition, by Chaz Bufe and Ambrose Bierce
 cover graphic The Devil's Dictionaries, Second Edition (revised & expanded): The Best of The Devil's Dictionary and The American Heretic's Dictionary, consists of the best 200+ definitions from Ambrose Bierce, well over 500 definitions by Chaz Bufe, and 55 illustrations by J.R. Swanson. This new edition contains 90 new and 150 revised definitions by Bufe, 7 new illustrations by J.R. Swanson, a new introduction by Earl Lee, a revised preface by Bufe, and a new appendix of relevant quotations. The book's targets are religion, the government, the police, the military, capitalism, marxism, and the everyday hypocrisies and idiocies of men and women.

Order E-book for $2.99 from Independent Publishers Group

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Disbelief 101, by S.C. Hitchcock
 cover graphic Disbelief 101: A Young Person's Guide to Atheism, by S.C. Hitchcock.
This witty exploration into atheism and rational thinking is written specifically for young adults, although many older people will also find it of value. Not just focused on atheism, this crash course in logical thinking addresses the issue of indoctrination, whether religious, political, or commercial, and makes the case that morality is created through reason, logic, and our basic social nature, not through divine commands. The book touches on many hot topics, such as the traditional arguments for God's existence, the relationship of evolution and religious belief, the incompatible nature of science and religion, and the harmfulness of both Christianity and Islam.

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Free Radicals, by Zeke Teflon 
 cover graphic Free Radicals: A Novel of Utopia and Dystopia, by Zeke Teflon.
Set in the not too distant future, this gritty, darkly humorous science fiction novel traces the misadventures of hard-bitten bar musician Kel Turner as he deals with a shattered family, lousy gigs, and political repression on Earth, and religious and political cults on a nightmare pirison planet.

". . . solidly entertaining . . . reminiscent of early Mick Farren." —Publishers Weekly

"[T]he plot holds the reader's interest and should appeal to a fairly broad audience." —Booklist Online

"[Free Radicals] is among the best future-shock reads in years." —Tucson Weekly

"Absolutely funny. . . . A very enjoyable read: . . . humorously offensive entertainment with a big dose of reality that made me laugh out loud. —westernsfa.org

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The Heretic's Handbook of Quotations, edited by Charles Bufe 
 cover graphic The Heretic's Handbook of Quotations: Cutting Comments on Burning Issues (expanded edition), Charles Bufe, editor.
This oversize book contains thousands of quotations on politics, sex, law, labor, capitalism, anarchism, women, religion, the arts, and 20 other subjects. Organized in chapters by subject, this book also contains an index, capsule biographies, and dozens of cartoons and illustrations. Hundreds of writers are represented, including Bakunin, Mencken, the Marxes (Groucho and Karl), Twain, Reich, Voltaire, Shaw, Chomsky, Diderot, Bookchin, Goldman, Berkman, Paine, Kroptkin, and Bierce.

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The Hour of Lead, by Kathleen De Grave 
 cover graphic The Hour of Lead, by Kathleen De Grave.
Set in a near-future Kansas beset by catastrophic climate change, this novel of ever-shifting realities explores how individual choices affect society, how careerism and academic ambition affect medical experiments, and how local solutions affect global problems.

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The Jungle: The Uncensored Original Edition, by Upton Sinclair
 cover graphic The Jungle: The Uncensored Original Edition, by Upton Sinclair. The original edition—almost unknown since its appearance as a serial in 1905, and quickly suppressed upon its brief re-emergence in the 1980s—is a full third longer than the censored commercial edition. It contains 36 chapters rather than the 31 in the common expurgated version, and restores Sinclair's most pointed social and political commentary, additional gory descriptions of the meatpacking industry, ethnic color, and a large amount of material dealing with corporate crime and political corruption cut from the commercial edition. This edition also contains a new Foreword by Earl Lee dealing with the suppression of the original edition in 1905/1906 and again in the 1980s, and a new Introduction by Kathleen De Grave dealing at length with the pattern of and reasons for the cuts which resulted in the standard, expurgated edition.

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Making Musical Instruments with Kids, by Bart Hopkin cover graphic Making Musical Instruments with Kids: 67 Easy Projects for Adults Working with Children, by Bart Hopkin.
Making Musical Instrument with Kids presents dozens of age-graded instrument-construction projects for teachers, parents, and others working with children. These instruments are exceptionally easy to build, due to the highly detailed construction plans and the abundance of illustrative photos and drawings. The cost of building all of the instruments described in this book is very low—with some costing nothing to build—given that many are constructed entirely of free materials commonly available in homes and schools, and the rest use a combination of free and common, cheap materials (such as nuts and bolts). In addition to the plans, the author also describes how all of the instruments should be played. The audio CD provides charming illustrations of that playing
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The Mormon Cult, by Jack B. Worthy cover graphic The Mormon Cult: A Former Missionary Reveals the Secrets of Mormon Mind Control, by Jack B. Worthy.
This is both a missionary memoir and an expose on the LDS Church's intense childhood indoctrination techniques. Simultaneously fascinating, entertaining, horrifying, and revealing. You'll never look at those poor kids in the white shirts and ties in the same light after reading this book.

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Musical Instrument Design, by Bart Hopkin cover graphic Musical Instrument Design: Practical Information for Instrument Making, by Bart Hopkin.
Musical Instrument Design: Practical Information for Instrument Making, by Bart Hopkin. An encyclopedic, large-format book containing hundreds of illustrations, Musical Instrument Design provides all the information that anyone (amateur or professional) should ever need to construct an amazingly wide variety of percussion, string, and wind instruments. Includes many designs for instruments along with parts lists and detailed construction instructions.

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Overcoming Your Alcohol, Drug and Recovery Habits, by James DeSena 
 cover graphic Overcoming Your Alcohol, Drug, and Recovery Habits, by James DeSena.
This book presents an easy to follow, step by step guide to quitting your addictions—including your addiction to 12-step groups—permanently. If you want to get sober but don't want to spend several hours per week for the rest of your life sitting in boring meetings, this is the book for you.

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The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, by H.L. Mencken
 cover graphic The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, by H.L. Mencken. Despite being the first book on Nietzsche ever published in English (in 1908), this is still one of the better intros, and it's almost certainly still the most entertaining. It should be of interest to both Nietzsche and Mencken aficionados. This edition contains a new introduction by Charles Bufe, a new Recommended Reading section, and dozens of new explanatory notes scattered throughout the text.

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Spiritual Snake Oil, by Chris Edwards,
 cover graphic Spiritual Snake Oil: Fads & Fallacies in Pop Culture, by Chris Edwards.
"Spiritual Snake Oil scathingly and entertainingly dissects the preachings of the most prominent New Age snake oil salesmen (and women)—such as Deepak Chopra, Robert Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance), and the authors of The Secret and The Celesting Prophecy—and also goes after the advocates of the oxymoronic "intellectual Christianity" and transhumanism.

Tom Flynn, editor of Free Inquiry, says, "Watching Chris Edwards wield his critical thinking skills is like watching someone walking a brace of pit bulls. . . . No folly escapes unmauled, and no reader will want to miss the fun."

Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic, says, "Spiritual Snake Oil is an important contribution to the burgeoning skeptical literature."

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Stage Fright, by Mick Berry and Michael R. Edelstein, PhD, cover graphic
 cover graphic Stage Fright: 40 Stars Tell You How They Beat America's #1 Fear, by Mick Berry and Michael R. Edelstein, Phd.
Never before has stage fright been so eloquently examined; 40 interviews with some of the most highly accomplished public figures shed light on this very common problem. Jason Alexander, Maya Angelou, David Brenner, Phyllis Diller, Olympia Dukakis, Melissa Etheridge, Richard Lewis, Ron Paul, Robin Williams and many more speak candidly about their trials with stage fright, openly discussing their fears, and ultimately revealing the various paths they followed to overcoming them. Stage fright sufferers from all walks of life—whether high school freshmen nervous about an oral presentation or professional baseball players with the eyes of the world on them—will find encouragement by understanding the commonality of their problem, and by seeing how beloved public figures have overcome it. The book also includes a lengthy chapter describing in detail proven-effective strategies and techniques for overcoming stage fright.

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The Ultimate Betrayal, by Audrey Ricker
 cover graphic The Ultimate Betrayal: The Enabling Mother, Incest and Sexual Abuse, by Audrey Ricker, PhD.
This pioneering self-help book takes a close look at an area that has been ignored or downplayed by other books on incest and childhood sexual abuse: the role of the nonperpetrating parent. Different from previous books, The Ultimate Betrayal treats the enabling mother not as a victim, but as an adult responsible for her failure to protect her child. Ricker illustrates her analysis with 25 detailed case histories, and she provides a myriad of self-help exercises to help survivors begin to reclaim their lives.

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An Understandable Guide to Music Theory: The Most Useful Aspects of Theory for Rock, Jazz and Blues Musicians, by Chaz Bufe, cover graphic An Understandable Guide to Music Theory: The Most Useful Aspects of Theory for Rock, Jazz & Blues Musicians, by Chaz Bufe.
This perennially popular book is now in its sixth printing. It explains the most useful aspects of theory in clear, nontechnical language. Areas covered include scales (major, minor, modal, synthetic), chord formation, chord progression, melody, song forms, useful devices, (ostinato, mirrors, hocket, etc.), and instrumentation. Contains over 100 musical examples.

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Venezuela: Revolution as Spectacle, by Rafael Uzcategui, cover graphic Venezuela: Revolution as Spectacle, by Rafael Uzcategui.
Both leftist supporters and rightist opponents of the Chavez government will be outraged by the book's premise that the Chavez regime is neither dictatorial nor revolutionary, but rather is one of a long line of Latin American populist regimes that are ultimately subservient to the U.S. government and to the transnational corporations.

Topics include Venezuela's political history and the long involvement of the military in that history; Venezuela's economy, and more especially Venezuela's oil economy; Venezuela's indigenous rights and human rights movements; Venezuela's labor movement; and the social policies of the Chavez government and its predecessors. In the course of discussing these topics, the author cites hundreds of sources, a great many of them first-hand.

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The Watcher, by Nicholas P. Oakley, cover graphic The Watcher, by Nicholas P. Oakley.
Our latest science fiction novel. A fine coming-of-age tale with well drawn characters in a far-future setting, brimming with social and political questions on technology, primitivism, ecology, and the uses and misuses of consensus process.

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The Youngest Bishop in England cover graphic The Youngest Bishop in England: Beneath the Surface of Mornonism, by Nicholas P. Oakley.
The Youngest Bishop in England, by Robert Bridgstock is a powerful memoir of life in the Mormon Church and a jaw-dropping exposé of that church. The exposé is all the more astonishing because Bridgstock relies heavily upon official Mormon sources for documentation, revealing truths about Mormon doctrine and history that the church hierarchy wishes to conceal from ordinary church members.

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