Our new book, Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush, is due back from the printers in the next few days. The first copies will be available to Consortiumnews.com readers only through the publisher's Web site at http://www.neckdeepbook.com/.
For every purchase made through the publisher's Web site, $5 will go to support Consortiumnews.com and the journalism you read here. So, it's important that as many readers as possible, order the book through the Web site. If we sell 2,500 books this way, we will meet our mid-year fundraising goal without any further nagging.
It's also an important book and, I think, a very good read. A real-life who-done-it, Neck Deep unravels what could become one of history's great mysteries: Who killed the great American Republic?
How did plutocrat George W. Bush come to lead the United States at the start of the 21st century - and how did he get away with using the 9/11 tragedy to overwhelm the constitutional safeguards that had protected the nation's liberties for more than two centuries?
Neck Deep shows how the crime was committed and then lines up the suspects - aggressive Republicans, accommodating Democrats, abrasive pundits, careerist journalists - for an assessment of collective guilt.
Neck Deep also reveals that the mystery's secrets often were in plain view in real time, except that the political-journalistic establishment of Washington was implicated, too.
An extraordinary contribution to the history of the Bush era - and must-reading for Americans who want their Republic back - Neck Deep is written by Robert Parry (who broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s) and two of his sons, Sam and Nat Parry.
Orders for the book can be placed now at http://www.neckdeepbook.com/. Also go to the site to enjoy artist Robbie Conal's remarkable cover art of Bush neck deep in catastrophe.
(The first copies back from the printer will be the paperback edition. For Consortiumnews.com contributors who are on the waiting list for Neck Deep, their autographed copies will go out first. The book's hardcover edition will not be back from the binders until August.)
Thanks so much for your support and I hope you enjoy the book.
Robert Parry, Editor