Daybreak Breakout Will Beat Out Glenn Beck

UPDATE 9/1/09 4 pm ET: THANKS Daybreak is #1 politics and #1 nonfiction and #6 books on Amazon.  Glenn Beck’s trash is bumped

UPDATE 9/1/09 3:30 pm ET: THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!!! "Daybreak" is now, on its first day of publication, ranked on as the #4 politics nonfiction book, the #7 nonfiction book, and the #22 book, not to mention the #1 leaders and leadership book, the #1 criminal law book, and the #1 law enforcement book.

"David Swanson’s Daybreak impressively exposes all the ways our government has changed for the worse under the Bush administration, and makes clear that we need to do far more than elect a new president to see our tattered Democracy restored." — Vincent Bugliosi, author, former federal prosecutor

"Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union" by David Swanson is available Tuesday, September 1st. 

If everyone buys it on Tuesday, September 1st, at, it will jump to the top of the political bestsellers there, displacing Glenn Beck.  Here’s the link:

The book says $19.95 on it, but Amazon is selling it now for $13.57, and if you buy two or more the shipping is free.  That means you can get one for your congress member or two for your senators or one for your local library or a friend, and pay no shipping.

I’m heading out on a tour of 45 cities around the country, where I’ll encourage people to support local independent book stores as well as our friends at, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t use the internet to jump the book to the top of Amazon on day one, make it known, and thereby encourage independent book stores to stock it.  I’ll be very grateful for anything you can do to spread the word and make this happen, and for your buying and reading the book, letting me know what you think in an online discussion forum, telling others about it, and posting your review at Amazon, BarnesandNoble, Powells, and elsewhere.  Your review on such sites can reach more readers than a corporate newspaper, so please post one.  Please spread the link to your lists and on FaceBook and Twitter.  Graphics and more information are available here.  And I’ll hope to see you on the road and sign and discuss with you the book you’ve already bought and read!

I discussed the book today on The Urban Journal: take a listen!  I also talked about it this morning on KMNY 1360 Rational Radio in Dallas, Texas, which is organizing a Progress Forum that I’ll take part in on September 19th, as well as — on the same day in Dallas — a public debate at which I will argue for the prosecution of George W. Bush for War Crimes.  I’ve put out a challenge to anyone who wants to debate that in any city I’m coming to (subject to scheduling and the preferences of local event organizers).  Toward the same end, the blogosphere is now drafting an indictment of Bush for torture and we need your help improving it online.  You’ll see from my schedule below that I’ll be on the road a lot, but I’ll be back in Washington, D.C., to speak at Busboys and Poets on September 13th and on October 3-4 to attend, and to protest the occupation of Afghanistan on October 5th.  Are you ready to join in nonviolently resisting the continuation and escalation of illegal wars?  Sign up to join us:

Here’s what some good people have been kind enough to say about Daybreak:

"David Swanson’s masterful exposure of the emergence of a monarch-like president coupled with an effete, irresponsible, and constitutionally ignorant Congress is well worth the price of admission. An aroused public with a litmus test of honoring the Constitution is urgently needed to prevent the Republic from capsizing." — Bruce Fein, Associate Deputy Attorney General under President Reagan

"Daybreak offers a powerful and compelling picture of what real change in America could look like. The world needs more true advocates of democracy like David Swanson!" — Thom Hartmann, Author, The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight 

"Daybreak is an eyeopener about how our nation was hijacked by the Bush administration and how much repair work we, as citizens, must do. David Swanson, who has been a one-man wonder leading the charge for accountability, writes a compelling narrative that inspires not just outrage, but ACTION." — Medea Benjamin, CoFounder of Code Pink and Global Exchange

"David Swanson is the most thoughtful, determined, and energetic progressive activist in America, and one of the most important voices of his generation. He’s also a unique bridge between traditional real-world organizing and the brand new world of online activism. His combination of cheerful organizing, passionate speaking, and brilliant blogging is an inspiration to everyone who craves a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world." — Bob Fertik, President of

"In this important book, David Swanson carefully documents the myriad ways in which Bush-Cheney has amassed unprecedented imperial power, while Congress has abdicated its constitutional duty to check and balance the executive. A useful guide to restore the balance of powers and reclaim our constitutional system of government." — Marjorie Cohn, President of National Lawyers Guild

"If Tom Jefferson were with us today, he would be saying that we still must burst the chains of monkish ignorance and superstition and break the bindings that strangle our liberty. But Jefferson – like Paine – is gone. So it falls to another from Virginia to sound the signal for a rising on behalf of the republic and our own freedom. That man is David Swanson, and this remarkable book is his – and America’s – call to arms." — John Nichols, from the Introduction

"Our times cry out for a smart, witty and courageous Populist who hasn’t forgotten how to play offense. Luckily we have David Swanson." — Mike Ferner, National President of Veterans For Peace, author of "Inside the Red Zone: A Veteran For Peace Reports from Iraq."

Please buy the book on Tuesday, September 1st, at

Book Tour Schedule:

(Note that there are three — and only three — dates still available.  This is all the time I can spend away from home.  Believe me, I just turned down a tour of Hawaii 🙂

Aug. 30 Maryland
Sept. 1 Charlotte, NC
Sept. 3 Charlottesville, VA
Sept. 6 Kent, OH
Sept. 7 Morgantown, WV
Sept. 8 Cleveland , OH
Sept. 9 Columbus, OH
Sept. 10 Toledo, OH
Sept. 13 Washington, DC 
Sept. 16 Kansas
Sept. 17 Kansas City, MO
Sept. 18 Oklahoma City, OK
Sept. 19 Dallas, TX
Sept. 27 Fire Dog Lake Book Salon
Oct. 3 Washington, D.C.,
Oct. 9, 10, 11 Albuquerque, Santa Fe, & Taos, N.M.
Oct. 12, 13 Tampa / St. Petersburg, FL
Oct. 14 Miami, FL
Oct. 15 Orlando, FL
Nov. 3 Philadelphia PA
Nov. 4 Kutztown, PA
Nov. 5 Bangor, ME
Nov. 6 Portland, ME
Nov. 7 M’s Vineyard, MA
Nov. 19 Davis, CA
Nov. 20, Nevada City, CA
Nov. 21, Fresno and Fair Oaks, CA
Nov. 22, Bay Area, CA
Nov. 23, Los Angeles, CA
Nov. 24, Orange County, CA
Dec. 1, New York City
Jan. 5 Seattle, WA
Jan. 6 Portland, OR
Jan. 7 Lincoln City, OR
Jan. 8 Corvallis, OR
Jan. 13 Santa Rosa, CA
Jan. 14, 15 San Diego, CA
Jan. 16 Ventura, CA
Feb. 19 Oxford, MS
Feb. 20 Atlanta, GA
Feb. 21 Woodstock, NY
Feb. 22 St. Louis, MO
Feb. 25: The Book Tour Endeth

Please buy the book on Tuesday, September 1st, at

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