Collection : City Lights Open Media, City Lights Publishers

In Spring 2006 City Lights Publishers—known for our commitment to freedom of expression, renegade literature and radical political views—proudly  announced that Greg Ruggiero, founder and editorial director of Open Media Books, joined the ranks of the City Lights editorial team.

Since cofounding Open Media in 1991, Ruggiero has  published some of the most outspoken scholars, social justice advocates, and dissidents of our time, including  Noam Chomsky, Angela Y. Davis, Howard Zinn,  Arundhati Roy,  Ralph Nader, Alice Walker, Manning Marable, Tanya Reinhart, The Dalai Lama, and Subcomandante Marcos.

Ruggiero's move to City Lights and the launch of the City Lights Open Media Series marks a new chapter in the publishing of intelligent, inspiring and potentially radicalizing books.  Some of the first titles published in the series are Cindy Sheehan's Dear President Bush, The Other Campaign: The Zapatista Call for Change from Below by Subcomandante Marcos, Targeting Iran by David Barsamian, and Interventions by Noam Chomsky. Join our email list to get updates about the series, its authors, and other City Lights books committed to politics and resistance.

The Open Media Series is archived by the The Tamiment Library at New York University.


Greg Ruggiero
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"An operation out to change the world" – Evelyn Nieves, The New York Times

"Like Tom Paine or Martin Luther, the Open Pamphlet Series desperately wants to create democratic debate by providing timely snippets of information and analysis that the empire would just as soon suppress. They're a quick read, and in a time of intellectual as well as political crisis, they put serious information into the hands and minds of a needy public… 'Public intelligence is power,' says Ruggiero, and he's determined to disseminate both." – James Ledbetter, The Village Voice

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To Die in Mexico
Dispatches from Inside the Drug War
John Gibler
On-the-ground reporting and behind-the-scene stories from Mexico's drug war by Mexico-based journalist, John Gibler.

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Crossing Zero
The AfPak War at the Turning Point of American Empire
Paul Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Gould
How the U.S. war in Afghanistan has spread to Pakistan; how Russia, India, China, and Iran are involved; and the long term consequences for America.

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The Black History of the White House
Clarence Lusane
The untold history and politics of the White House from the perspective of African Americans

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The Bomb
Howard Zinn
Howard Zinn's personal, historical, and political views on the significance of the U.S. bombings of Royan and Hiroshima

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The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity
Tim Wise
How "colorblindness" in policy and personal practice perpetuate racial inequity in the United States today

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New World of Indigenous Resistance
Noam Chomsky and Voices from North, South, and Central America
Noam Chomsky, Lois Meyer, Benjamín Maldonado
Interviews with Chomsky accompanied by commentaries by indigenous organizers on globalization and resistance in the Americas

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself
A New Critical Edition by Angela Y. Davis
Frederick Douglass, Angela Y. Davis
A new edition of the African American masterpiece featuring critical essays by Angela Y. Davis

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Between Barack and a Hard Place
Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama
Tim Wise
How Barack Obama's rise is reshaping the meaning of race in the United States today.

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Dying To Live
A Story of U.S. Immigration in an Age of Global Apartheid
Mizue Aizeki, Joseph Nevins
The real story -- and human price -- of US/Mexico border enforcement.

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Targeting Iran
David Barsamian, Ervand Abrahamian, Noam Chomsky, Nahid Mozaffari
Iran and the United States are on a collision course. David Barsamian presents the perspectives of three experts on Iran, offering an invaluable primer on the U.S.-Iran conflict.

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