Monday, July 30, 2012

Author and activist Sander Hicks to Speak at Boxcar Books in Bloomington, Saturday, August 4th, 7:00 pm

For Immediate Release

The 9/11 Working Group will be presenting author and activist Sander Hicks at Boxcar Books, 408 E. 6th Street, Bloomington, Indiana on Saturday, August 4th at 7:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Sander's visit to Bloomington is part of his 80 cities in 80 days tour to promote his recent book, Slingshot to the Juggernaut, Total Resistance to the Death Machine Means Complete Love of the Truth.

The book, which deals with subjects such as nonviolence; spiritualism; Jesus; Gandhi; Occupy Wall Street; and 9/11, takes its inspiration from the story of David versus Goliath. It's about how underdogs can take on and overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges.

At a time when many have given up hope on bringing about meaningful progressive change through the political process, Sander shows how like David we too can overcome the Goliath of a corrupt system based on lies and greed by embracing the principles of nonviolence and by exposing the truth about events such as 9/11.

Sander Hicks first achieved national prominence in the lead up to the 2000 presidential election when as a young publisher he rescued from certain oblivion, J. H. Hatfield's book – Fortunate Son, George W. Bush and the Making of an American President. The controversial biography, which among other things revealed Bush's prior arrest for cocaine possession and how his prominent father had used his influence to have the arrest records expunged in return for community service, had originally been published by St. Martin's Press. Under pressure from Bush family operatives, 90,000 copies of the book were recalled from book stores and burned. Sander, who was 27 years-old at the time, had started a publishing company, Soft Skull Press.  He agreed to publish the book, which went on to become a national best-seller.

Since then, Sander has become an author and journalist in his own right. In addition to Slingshot to the Juggernaut, he is the author of The Big Wedding, 9/11, the Whistle-Blowers, & the Cover-up, as well as, numerous articles on a variety of subjects. Most notable has been his relentless investigation into the mysterious death of a 9/11 witness named Dr. David Graham.

Dr. Graham, a Shreveport, Louisiana dentist, had met two of the 9/11 hijackers in 2010 at the home of a Pakistani businessman near Barksdale Air Force Base. Graham became suspicious of the two men, who were introduced to him as "medical students" from Saudi Arabia, because they couldn't speak English. Fearing that they might be planning sabotage at the nearby Air Force base, he reported his sighting to the local FBI. This was before 9/11. Strangely, they weren't interested and advised him to mind his own business.

Later, after 9/11, Graham realized that the men he had met were two of the 19 men identified as hijackers on September 11th. Concerned that he might not have been persistent enough the first time, he contacted officials at the Justice Department, members of Congress, the Secret Service, as well as, the FBI again. Strangely, no one in authority seemed interested. The FBI agents, with whom he met repeatedly, even intimated that if he pursued his plan to publish a book about the matter, it might be harmful to his health. Dr. Graham never got the chance. He was poisoned with propylene glycol, the active ingredient in anti-freeze, while traveling through East Texas. He suffered a long agonizing death that the FBI would rule a "suicide."

In Slingshot to the Juggernaut there is a photo of Sander Hicks standing next to Vice President Dick Cheney. During the photo shoot, Sander turned to Cheney and asked, "What do I say to all these people who say 9/11 was an inside job?"

Without missing a beat, Cheney responded, "Just look at the evidence... it's not true."

Come to Boxcar Books Saturday, August 4th, 7:00 pm and hear what Sander has to say about that.

For more information about Sander Hicks, visit his website:

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