(New York, NY—June 9, 2014)—Open Road Media announced today Forbidden Bookshelf, a series of books curated by Professor Mark Crispin Miller of New York University. Forbidden Bookshelf titles fill in the blanks of Americas repressed history by resurrecting books that focused on issues and events that are too often left in the dark, including abortion, organized crime, the CIA, and financial inequality.

The series launches on June 10 with five books: Blowback: Americas Recruitment of Nazis and Its Destructive Impact on Our Domestic and Foreign Policy by Christopher Simpson, The Phoenix Program: Americas Use of Terror in Vietnam by Douglas Valentine, The Search for an Abortionist: The Classic Study of How American Women Coped with Unwanted Pregnancy Before Roe v. Wade by Nancy Howell Lee, Interference: How Organized Crime Influences Professional Football by Dan E. Moldea, and The Lords of Creation: The History of America’s 1 Percent by Frederick Lewis Allen. Each of the first four titles includes a new introduction. 

Additional books by I. F. Stone, Gerard Colby, Charlotte Dennett, Kati Marton, Robert Fitch, Bertram Gross, and John Dinges will be released later this summer.

Open Road Media CEO Jane Friedman said, “This list of books is much deserving of renewed attention. The issues they address are as significant today as they were when the books were first published. We believe that we will stimulate new conversation and debate through our intensive and extensive marketing platform.”

Mark Crispin Miller said, “Despite our First Amendment—or because of it—countless crucial books have been adroitly ‘disappeared’ through methods far less crude than outright censorship, from threats of litigation to press black-outs and/or charges of ‘conspiracy theory.’ Such tactics have repeatedly erased those books that we most need to read, because of their important truths about the powers that be; and so our purpose is to bring those books to life again.”

Miller is a professor of media studies at NYU and an accomplished author of several books, from Boxed In: The Culture of TV (1988) and Seeing Through Movies (1990) to his more recent works on politics, including The Bush Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder and Fooled Again: The Real Case for Electoral Reform. He has also written many articles for newspapers and journals, including four op-eds in the New York Times, as well as many pieces in the Nation, the New Republic,and the New York Review of Books, and articles for Harper’s,the Atlantic, Mother JonesEsquire, and the Wall Street Journal. Through his blog, News from Underground, he is also an influential presence on the web.

About Open Road Integrated Media

Open Road Integrated Media is a global digital publishing company that creates connections between authors and their audiences by marketing its ebooks through a new proprietary online platform, which uses premium video content and social media. Open Road has published fiction and nonfiction ebooks from authors including William Styron, Pat Conroy, Alice Walker, James Jones, Pearl S. Buck, David Halberstam, Victor S. Navasky, Gloria Steinem, Martin Duberman, and Richard Ben Cramer.  

8 Comments to “Forbidden Bookshelf”

  • how do you actually get the “forbidden” E-Books?

    Sincerely, Rich

  • They are there to speak your voice to congress and the president.
    there is also the fact that we are and have been in a transition between labor and technology for
    decades. In recent years we have been fed the idea that political correctness is finally a way of
    life in America.

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  • Would you list my book…Mideast Chessboard…on the forbiden bookshelf as listed
    on Amazon….by woody voinche

  • Listening to a video i found linked by I discovered your work. Fantastic that you are doing this. Bookmarked your site. Keep going; this issue really bothers me and it is disturbing to work in public school and see the communist core restatement of history, various agendas promoted.

  • […] the book was unavailable for quite some time and was recently republished as part of Open Road Media’s Forbidden Bookshelf program. And after reading ‘Phoenix’, it becomes clear why successive US governments, […]

  • Here is a book that I think would be great in the forbidden bookshelf “Pure White and Deadly” by John Yudkin written in 1972. It talks about how sugar causes many diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes….. It was discredited by Ancel Keyes, who was funded by the food industry.

    Getting these books back in the public eye is awesome, great job!!

  • Hi Mark,

    So pleased to see some of these brilliant titles back in print and even in kindle format. I had seen some on Amazon at ridiculous collector’s prices.

    Wondering if you had any plans to publish some of the Wilfred Burchetts such as This Monstrous War or Plain Perfidy?


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