Mike Palecek is an Iowa author, former federal prisoner for peace, seminarian, and newspaper reporter. He was the Iowa Democratic Party nominee for the U.S. House, 5th District, 2000 election.
“Twins”: based in Minneapolis/Saint Paul. Twin brothers, one a revolutionary priest, the other the warden of the local federal penitentiary, battle in the streets and from the rooftops. It’s a sibling rivalry, rich vs. poor, yuppies against the gangs of the ghetto, the Kiwanis Club meets the prison yard weightlifters. It’s walleye sizzling in the crisp north woods air and dirty diapers in the gutter. It’s food on a stick, a seat on the third-baseline, and halftime mud wrestling between Dorothy Day and Mary Tyler Moore, in this one-of-a-kind American metropolis.
“Prophets Without Honor”: Co-author is William Strabala, former reporter for the Denver Post, and Rocky Mountain News
The book tells the story of a group of American men who happen to be priests who happen to have served decades in American prisons for opposition to United States military policy. Darrell Rupiper, Larry Rosebaugh and Carl Kabat are Oblate missionary priests. Frank Cordaro is a diocesan priest from Des Moines . Roy Bourgeois is a Maryknoll priest. Charlie Liteky is an ex-Trinitarian priest.
*The Truth*: through fiction we are able to tell the truth about the murderous, deceitful administration of United States President George W. Bush. Follow Iowa postman Pete Penny on his daily route and discover what you really, truly already know.
“Joe Coffee’s Revolution”: former peace protester Joseph Coffee runs for Congress in Iowa as a Democrat on an anti-prison, anti-military, pro-Hispanic platform: and the Democratic Party doesn’t like it. It’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature.
KGB: George Bush Jr. is a war criminal.
Like Son Like Father.
The prisoners in D Block in the Woodbury County Jail read about the arrest of General Pinochet, in the one newspaper copy passed around to all the blocks. They determine that George Bush Sr. is also a war criminal.
These prisoners, the damned of America, scheme how to bring about justice in these United States.
Palecek has written for the National Catholic Reporter, Cherokee [IA] Daily Times, N’West Iowa Review, Byron [MN] Review, Rochester [MN] Post-Bulletin, The Weekender [Sioux City, IA],and Sioux Falls [SD] Argus-Leader.
During the 1980s he spent time in the U.S. federal prisons at Terre Haute, IN, Leavenworth, KS, El Paso, TX, El Reno, OK, as well as county jails in Lincoln, Nebr., Omaha, Neb. and Council Bluffs, Ia. for trespass at Offutt Air Force Base in protest of American military policy.
“Imaginative and and well-written.”
– Danny Schechter, founder of Globalvision, one of first producers of CNN, 20/20 producer, two-time Emmy award winner.
“A book to inspire us all, because it looks beyond the false gods of our time, the ruthless political leaders, the timid intellectuals, the stars of People magazine and tells the story of the bravest people in America.
– Howard Zinn
“Through fiction we can tell the truth about America. The truth we cannot seem to get from Tom Brokaw or the Sioux City Journal or the Des Moines Register or the New York Times.”
– author Mike Palecek
“They also discovered that the America they grew up in never existed. They read history and learned about America’s militarism, its attempts at global hegemony, and they felt they must resist. They wanted with all their hearts for their childhood America to be made real ‹ a just and loving America ‹ even if that meant they must spend years behind prison walls.”