Posted on March 2, 2008 by Ellen Brown
I just received a nice query that prompted such a long response that I’ve decided to post both here:
March 2, 2008 at 5:06 pm Ellen: I’m still reading the first edition of your book (and I am so grateful for the clarity of it all; what a welcome education). Are you able to quickly summarize what topics are in the new version that are not in the original? Any hint on the topic of your new book? Many thanks for all this work…what a service.
Ellen Says: Thanks Anne! I’m still revising actually; my current book was published by print on demand through Lightning Source and Amazon, but I’m doing a real print run that will be available hopefully in about a month, which will have a long postscript bringing the book up to date since the market crashed in the summer of 2007. Besides bringing the book current, I’ve tried to weed out those errors that are critic-bait. I had to rush to print in the summer when I wasn’t completely satisfied with it, because the market was about to tip and I wanted to join in the fray with the commentators. Works of art are never finished, but we writers sometimes hide behind that and never get anything in print! Dickens set the standard; he was desperately poor and had mouths to feed, and he published a lot. “Publish or perish” was literal for him. I won’t perish but my country might — my country which I love despite all its current travails. That was what inspired me actually. My relatives are from Pennsylvania, and in my youth I loved to read about Benjamin Franklin and Abraham Lincoln and our stirring roots. Then I lost faith during the ’60s and ’70s, with the charges of “Ugly American” and the harm we had wrought on the Third World. Then when I learned that it wasn’t “us” and that it could be fixed — that the Founding Fathers were right and we just hadn’t tried it yet — I got excited again, and had to write it up. I’m itching to be done with this revision so I can get back to writing articles. You can write an article in a week and get it out and be in the fray and get feedback; I love that. The Internet has changed everything. On my new book . . . which one were you thinking of? I’m doing new editions of some earlier books on health and the politics of medicine. One called “Forbidden Medicine” with a new Foreword should be out in about 2 weeks. My concern is that we’re rushing headlong into paying for Modern Medicine for All without examining whether we really want it imposed on us. The oil/banking monopoly and the medical/drug cartel have the same roots. I’d also like to write a sequel to “Web of Debt” titled ”Compound Interest: Weapon of Financial Mass Destruction.” I started one with a Mary Poppins theme but may not be able to sustain it for a whole book; it may have to be an article. (The Banks family, you know; “tuppence in the bank” or “feed the birds”? ) I’d also like to do a short 100-page summary of, or sequel to, “Web of Debt” called “Bankrupt in the Emerald City: How the Wizards of Finance Stole the American Dream and How We Can Get It Back.” That was actually my original title, and a friend did some really nice artwork for it; it just needs some new text! Soon I’ll summarize the changes in my revised updated “Web of Debt” and post them on a page to the right on this blog.
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