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Here's an idea for Black Friday: buy nothing. Not that shiny garbage you don't need or that glitzy gadget you don't even want.

Give to a good cause, instead, and let us send you a terrific book, signed by the author, as a thank-you gift.

When you give to RootsAction, you can be sure that your voice will be heard through online organizing and lobbying to fight for economic fairness, equal rights, civil liberties, environmental protection -- and defunding endless wars.

Donate $100 or more, as we build up to Giving Tuesday, and we'll mail you one of these books to say thanks:

"Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America's Warfare State," by Norman Solomon, blends personal history and social commentary, documenting five decades of rising U.S. militarism and the media’s all-too-frequent failure to challenge it. The author’s unique weave of personal narrative and historical inquiry, Daniel Ellsberg notes in the foreword, “helps us understand where we are now and how we got here.”

"War Is A Lie," by David Swanson, is a thorough refutation of every major argument used to justify wars, drawing on evidence from numerous past wars, with a focus on those that have been most widely defended as just and good. This is a handbook of sorts, an engaging, always informative manual that can be used to debunk future lies before the wars they’re deployed to justify have any chance to begin.

"Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media,” by Jeff Cohen, offers a fast-paced, insider’s tour of CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC – and delivers a serious message about their failures, including the media-fueled run-up to the invasion of Iraq, which Cohen experienced firsthand. Propelled by revealing anecdotes about famous TV pundits, the book highlights the hypocrisies and absurdities Cohen witnessed at “news” channels run by conglomerates. Published in 2006, it’s even more relevant today. Howard Zinn wrote that future historians will have Cohen's book as "a primary source." With a foreword by Jim Hightower.

"Curing Exceptionalism: What’s wrong with how we think about the United States? What can we do about it?" by David Swanson, debunks the idea that the United States is superior to other nations, showing this idea to be no more fact-based and no less harmful than racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry. This book examines how the United States actually compares with other countries, how people think about the comparison, what damage that thinking does, and what changes we might want to consider making.

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