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Standing Up to the Madness not only is a timely, inspiring, and even revolutionary look at who wields the greatest power in America--everyday people who take a chance and stand up for what they believe in--but also offers advice on what you can do to help.

Where are the millions marching in the streets to defend human rights, civil liberties, and racial justice? Where is t
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Hachette Books (first published 2008)
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It is business as usual in our one-party state.
In 1942, a group of students and their professor at the University of Munich in Germany responded to the tyranny and oppression of the Nazi regime by secretly publishing and distributing a series of six leaflets. This nonviolent resistance group called itself the White Rose. Its leaders included Hans and Sophie Scholl, a brother and sister who were devout Christians, and philosophy professor Kurt Huber. The students typed the leaflets, ran of
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
In this book, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! (and her brother) tell the stories of people taking a stand on crucial political issues, often against a huge well-oiled machine. For instance, some of the stories covered are a couple of public librarians against the FBI and a few low ranking Marines taking on the military industrial complex. Not only do the authors interview these “ordinary heroes,” but they give a good amount of information on the political backdrop the actions took place in; we don ...more
Jun 28, 2009 rated it liked it
This is a book that makes you proud of the Americans who stand up and say "No! No more, things have to change." Many of the people who are profiled in this book did not set out to take a stand, they made that decision on the fly and made a difference.

My favorite section is the one about the students at Wilton High School who were putting on a play, "Voices in Conflict" featuring the words of Iraq War Veterans. They had previously done plays that dealt with graphic sex, homosexuality, and violenc
Aug 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful and inspirational book about the real heroes in America, mostly people you never heard of. The most interesting story to me was the one about the 4 librarians in Connecticut who launched a civil liberties lawsuit against the American government and the FBI, when they were served with a "demand" for library records to show who was reading what books and what sites each individual was checking out on the library computers. As an attorney, i found it fascinating that the America ...more
Feb 15, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to Adam by: Shelly
The title summarizes the book well. “Standing Up to the Madness” paints portraits of individuals who are resisting oppression, usually by the State. Given that these are stories covered by Democracy Now! Radio, it's not surprising that these strike me as being better as radio segments. While the stories are powerful as written, I bet they are more powerful heard in these “ordinary” people's voices. The writing is not particularly strong, but the stories are very compelling, and totally enraging. ...more
Paul Ivanov
Jun 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
My labmate Tim sent me an email on Wednesday (April 15th) saying that Amy Goodman “Democracy Now! fame, and my heroin” [sic:] was speaking on campus at noon. The place was packed, and it’s the best way I could have imagined to snap back out of the Qualifying Exam bubble I’ve spent the last several months in, and re-engage with the world at large.

One of the excuses for the tour is the paperback release of Standing up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times by Amy and David Goodman.
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-non-fiction
Although some of these essays are a little repetitive, two of them are *so* good that it is worth getting the book just to read them. One is the story of the students at Wilton High School who battled a scarily pro-Bush Administration censorious regime at their own high school in order to put on a play that was not even anti-war, but merely used soldiers' own first-person narratives to convey the brutal reality of wartime.

The second, equally stellar essay profiles heroic librarians [also in Conn
Timothy Riley
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Amy Goodman rocks the party that rocks my seriously, these were some great stories of common Americans that aren't blinded by the b.s. that this government forces down our throats. The chapter about the objectors to war was great-I am thinking very few service people know about it. The chapter on the Jena-6 PROVES that not much has changed since the Civil Rights movement in the dirty south. Trayvon Martin's murder is just another example. Would any town watch person in an all-black com ...more
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
As a long-time admirer of Amy Goodman and "Democracy Now" I found these stories of integrity and bravery to be uplifting and hope-inspiring. Of particular interest, given the current issue with Edward Snowden, was Chapter 3: "Librarians Unbound". Looks like they were ahead of the game on what was going on under the Orwellian "PATRIOT" (Uniting (and) Strengthening America (by) Providing Appropriate Tools Required (to) Intercept (and) Obstruct Terrorism) Act.

As more media are owned by fewer and fe
Kimberly Benson
Nov 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book a lot. It is a fast inspiring read. I enjoyed the part about the White Rose:"We will not be silent. We are your guilty conscience. The White Rose will not leave you in peace!" written during Nazi Germany. Any to tie it to today- there is a contemporary campaign will shirts that say "We will not be silent" in both english and arabic.
Pam Rasmussen
May 24, 2008 rated it liked it
If you listen to Democracy Now religiously like I do, then this book doesn't add much, since it's mainly a collection of her reporting around a theme. But she does add a little more detail, and offers a very inspiring closing chapter that offers lessons and hope for everyone.
Dec 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Inspirational read. Amy Goodman is great as always.
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Real life stories of people who stood up to injustice and changed their part of the world
Dedication: "To our extraordinary mother, Dorrie Goodman, our hero"

This is a 2008 book, so of course it needs updates. Later books do include updates on the cases in question.


Acknowledgements (Many of these people are associates of Democracy Now!)

INTRODUCTION: "We Will Not Be Silent" Epigraph: "First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Next they fight you. Then you win.--attributed to Mohandas K Gandhi"

I STANDING UP TO THE MADNESS (note that each new section can be easily located,
Jun 16, 2020 added it
Shelves: 2008-09, 2007-08
This book was presented at the MCA conference we attended. This book gives examples of different people (standing up to the madness) when the government/media tried to take away their civil rights.

Why should other corps members read or not read this book?
It was interesting to hear again much of what was expressed at the conference, but through actual experiences people have had. This book left me feeling angry with this countries government and less trusting.
If you're in the mood for this type
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well-documented and greatly-written in order not to burden the reader with facts and numbers, it is highly enlightening and kindles the flame of resistance in all of us. It is a perfect read in times of worldwide selfishness, open your mind, open your eyes and realize that not everything has to stay the way the politics put them.
Read this now! join the movement that wants to make our world a better place for all!
Sep 15, 2018 rated it liked it
The people featured in this book were good, like they were fighting oppression and that's all fine,,, but there was a little too much of like " the bush administration is bad, but the government is good" kind of thing, and there was a little excerpt about how the election of obama was as revolutionary, and like amazing all on its own, but the book was published in like 2008 before obama had even done anything in office ??? like the nobel piece prize,,, i guess thats what you expect hah
David Gross
Mar 23, 2008 rated it liked it
The brother & sister team of progressive journalists Amy Goodman and David Goodman have collected several stories of people who came face to face with some of the evils of the Dubya Squad years but who made the sadly rare but always heartening decision to not take it lying down. They tell these stories in Standing Up to the Madness.

Over the course of the book, team Goodman tell us

* how the Common Ground Relief group got organized and fought back when the government tried to piggy-back an ethnic
Alex Telander
Jun 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
STANDING UP TO THE MADNESS BY AMY GOODMAN AND DAVID GOODMAN: The award-winning and bestselling brother and sister team Amy Goodman (popular and successful host of the TV and radio show Democracy Now!) and David Goodman (an investigative journalist), authors of Static and Exception to the Rulers return with Standing Up to the Madness. The Goodmans strike out on a new path in, aiming to not retread on the familiar ground of endlessly criticizing the Bush administration and its endeavors, but to re ...more
This book profiles the stories of some people who have stood up against oppression, war, unjust laws, and more. Amy Goodman (one of the hosts of Democracy Now! and her brother) David Goodman give journalistic reports about librarians fighting a national security letter, high school students up against censorship by their high school's administration and military personnel seeking conscientious objector status in the current war in Iraq. The stories build upon each other to show the role, and pow ...more
Mar 05, 2010 rated it liked it
A nice a brief read, but a little too brief. Although Goodman sets up some really great examples of standing up for Democracy, there were too many stories that just didn't get me motivated enough to make changes. There was one story about the Jena Six, a group of African-American high school students who were imprisoned and wrongfully charged for their actions, that Goodman seemed to have stumbled on. I agree that the civil rights laws were breached in order to incarcerate these kids, but I do n ...more
Eve Lyons
Aug 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
An easy, quick read. Was hoping it would be a little less depressing. It tries to be hopeful and encouraging, by structuring itself around activists who have stood up against global warming deniers, racists, censors, the military-industrial complex...but a couple of the battles were such uphill battles that reading about their description proved to be more depressing than encouraging. Still, an important read.

The best sections, IMO, are about the librarians who took on the Patriot Act, the Conn
Jan 26, 2011 rated it liked it
I should have read this book three years ago when it first came out (it largely focuses on issues during the Bush administration). But regardless of being a few years behind, I found the book an intriguing and engaging read. It includes inspiring stories of individuals who started grassroot movements to support causes they strongly believed in (whether that was standing behind the science supporting global warming, the treamtment of survivors in New Orleans after Catrina, protecting people's pri ...more
May 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
With the news raining disaster all around us it's refreshing to read this awesome collection of true stories about courageous everyday people. The stories presented here address mostly current concerns. From the Common Ground Relief organization in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans which grew out of government incompetence and indifference to the disillusioned soldiers who drafted the Appeal for Redress as an effort to give a voice to the voiceless in the military, these are all excellent exam ...more
Toni Tabora-Roberts
May 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: activist, everyone
Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman and her journalist brother David Goodman present a range of inspiring stories (covering everything from Hurricane Katrina to librarians taking a stand against the patriot act to conspiracies to hide the truth about global warming) about everyday folks and their heroic stories of activism and action. With government power at a seemingly all time high and with big corporate media seemingly complicit or too ignorant, these kinds of stories need to be heard so people kee ...more
Jul 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Great book, I'd highly recommend it to anyone... unfortunately though many people would never read it, it's a bit too political for some people. My only critique is there is some parts that I wish were longer (because I was so wrapped up in the real life stories being told) and there were some instances where (in the interest of being thorough) they had a little too much of a full transcript from court cases, and I understand why they did this... but it can be a bit dry and tedious to read throu ...more
Madonna Analla
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a great book to read at this time of election year because a lot of the stories involve politics and people in government power. It was inspiring but also scary since it pointed out the consequences at first of standing up to power. Eventually triumphs happen but they take time and people to turn the tide and get support for causes. But support came and policies are changing, people are rebuilding, and this book took away some of the hopelessness I was feeling while watching current eve ...more
Sep 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was certainly inspiring and eye-opening. I think that it's important to read it with a little bit of discretion, however, because it's clearly written in support of one side of the argument. Anyway, I would recommend it to anyone looking for a something to restore their hope in "people power", oh, and to restore their fear of the government, because it does that too. enjoy
Mar 02, 2009 rated it liked it
Terrific compilation of true activist stories by the Goodmans. There is considerable insight provided by the authors around these fights of courage between ordinary Americans and their repressive government and institutions. A must read for community-organizers, grassroots activists and all citizens.
Mar 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book actually made me cry a few times, especially the tale about the librarian who stood up to the FBI. These are stories of heroic gumption during a scary time when our rights as Americans were being trampled. I am almost gloating over the fact that I can write about the George W era in the past tense. :-)
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