As part of its commitment to providing independent information and resources to its readers, Truthout chooses a "Progressive Pick" every week: an independent book or DVD that we find thought-provoking and insightful. Each week, we provide articles, excerpts and interviews about the Progressive Pick, and also offer you a chance to receive the book or DVD with a donation to Truthout. Related articles are archived below; click here to view the full catalog of available Progressive Picks.

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"Twelve Years a Slave": Kidnapped Into the Horror of Slavery

By Solmon Northup, Penguin Books | Book Excerpt


A Daughter Is Born in the Swat Valley of Pakistan and Set Free by Knowledge

By Malala Yousafzai, Little Brown and Company | Book Excerpt

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Noam Chomsky | Media Control and Indoctrination in the United States

By Noam Chomsky, Zuccotti Park Press | Book Excerpt

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Betraying Our Soldiers Wounded in Wars of Empire and Profit

By Ann Jones, Truthout | Haymarket Books/ Book Excerpt


How the Occupy Movement Began: The Full Account

By Nathan Schneider, University of California Press | Book Excerpt


Monsanto, Rural Debt and the Suicide Epidemic in India

By Belén Fernandez, Seven Stories Press | Book Excerpt

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Shake a Stick in Post-Financial Collapse America, and One Hits Poverty

By Sasha Abramsky , Nation Books | Book Excerpt