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Kingdom Coming has been named a finalist for The New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism.

The other four finalists are Rajiv Chandresekaran, "Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone," Jed Horne, "Breach of Faith: Hurricane Katrina and the Near Death of a Great American City," Thomas E. Ricks, "Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq," and Lawrence Wright, "The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11."

Michelle Goldberg is the recipient of this year's American Humanist Association Pioneer Award.

Past winners include Sam Harris, Carl Sagan, Kurt Vonnegut and Gloria Steinem. She'll be accepting it in Boulder, Colorado on May 22. Details to come...



Michelle on Democracy Now
July 7, 2006

In the studio with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzales, Michelle discusses Gay marriage and other issues. Press play to begin.




Kingdom Coming Makes the New York Times Extended Bestseller List (June 4)

In its second week, Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism climbed to number 32 on the New York Times extended bestseller list for hardcover nonfiction.

New York Times Bestseller List for June 4, 2006


Michelle on Fresh Air with Terry Gross

Michelle discussed her book on Thursday, May 11, on the nationally syndicated Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

Listen to the show



PAPERBACK TOUR: Upcoming Readings and events


Wednesday April 18, 7pm

Denver, Colorado

Reading & signing

16th st. Tattered Cover
Tattered Cover | Map

Tuesday, April 24, 6:30

Berkeley, CA

Reading & Signing
Berkeley Public Library | Map


Wednesday, April 25, 7pm

Corte Madera, CA

Reading & Signing
Book Passage | Map


Thursday, April 26, 7pm

Minniapolis, MN

Reading & Signing
Barnes & Noble #2514 | Map


Monday, May 14, 7pm

Amsterdam, Holland
Lecture coinciding with the Dutch Translation of Kingdom Coming. 12.50 Euro

Felix Meritis
Keizersgracht 324 Amsterdam
The John Adams Institiute | Map


Tuesday, May 22, registration 6pm

Boulder, Colorado
Lecture and Book Signing $7.00 Advance / $10 at door

Click here to buy tickets online

Presented by Boulder International Humanist Institute & The American Humanist Association
BIHI Website | Map


Wednesday, May 30, 7:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Reading & Signing

267 7th ave
Barnes & Noble #2876 | Map




PAST events


Friday April 13, 7pm

Seattle, WA

Reading and signing
Elliot Bay Book Company | Map

Saturday April 14, 6:30pm
Seattle, WA

Lecture and signing

Third Place Books

17171 Bothell Way N.E.
Third Place Books | Map

Sunday April 15, 7pm
Portland, OR

Reading and signing
Powell's Bookstore | Map


Wednesday, March 14, 7pm
New York, NY

Jewish Encounters with the Christian Right: A panel discussion with Eyal Press, Zev Chafets, Michelle Goldberg,, Lauren Sandler and Jeff Sharlet.
$12 / Register online
Makor | Steinhardt Building | 35 West 67th Street


Tuesday, November 14, 7 pm
San Antonio, TX
Free lecture and book signing sponsored
by The Texas Freedom Network

University Presbyterian Church | 300 Bushnell Ave.


Thursday, October 5, 8 pm
New York, NY
Conversation with Abraham Foxman

$25 / Register online
92nd Street Y | Kaufmann Concert Hall | 1395 Lexington Ave


Saturday, October 7, 2 pm
San Francisco, CA
Michelle speaks at the Freedom From Religion Foundation's
29th Annual Convention

Register online | Holiday Inn Golden Gateway


Thursday, November 9, 7:30 pm
Amherst, NY
Talk sponsored by the Jewish Book Fair

JCC | 2640 North Forest Road


Sunday, November 5, 6 pm
Austin, Texas

Talk sponsored by the Jewish book fair
JCAA Community Hall | 7300 Hart Lane


Tuesday, August 29, 7 pm
Cincinnati, Ohio
Debate with right-wing organizer Phil Burress

Xavier Univeristy | Schiff Family Conference Center | 3800 Victory Pkwy



Wednesday, June 28, 12:00-2:00 pm
New York, NY
Talk sponsored by Demos, People for the American Way and Planned Parenthood of New York

Demos | 220 5th Avenue, 5th fl. (map) | register online

Saturday, July 8, 3 pm
Stockbridge, Massachusetts

Reading & Signing
Strockbridge Booksellers | 10 Elm Street (map)

July 16, 10:30 am
Indianapolis, Indiana
Talk sponsored by All Souls Unitarian Church
All Souls Unitarian Church | 5805 East 56th Street(map)


Thursday, June 22, 7:00 pm

Chicago, IL
Reading and discussion sponsored by In These Times Magazine

In These Times Magazine | 2040 N. Milwaukee Ave. (map)


Tuesday, June 13, 7pm
New York, NY
Reading and signing
Bluestockings | 172 Allen Street (map)


Tuesday, May 30, 7:00pm

Brookline, MA

Reading & Signing
Brookline Booksmith | map


Tuesday, June 6, 7:30pm

Newton, MA


Newtonville Books | map


Wednesday, June 7, 7 pm
New York, NY
Reading and signing
McNally Robinson Booksellers | 50 Prince Street (map)


Thursday, May 11, 8 pm

Panel discussion with Eyal Press, author of "Absolute Convictions: My Father, a City, and the Conflict that Divided America."
Congregation Beth Elohim | map

Brooklyn, New York


Wednesday May 17, 7pm

Berkeley, California

Book Reading

Cody's Books | map


ThursdayMay 18, 7:30pm

Capitola, California

Book Reading
Capitola Book Cafe |map


Sunday May 21, 5:00pm

Washington DC

Book Reading and signing

Politics & Prose | map


Monday May 22, 7:00pm

New York City


Half King Reading Series

Half King | map



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Kingdom Coming:
The Rise of Christian Nationalism

By Michelle Goldberg
Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: W. W. Norton

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PRAISe for kingdom coming

“Michelle Goldberg has done the impossible. She's written a serious, scathing, eye-opening expose of the ongoing takeover of our country by rightwing Christians– and somehow managed to make it witty, funny, and humane. If it were satire, Kingdom Coming would be hilarious. Unfortunately, it's all true – things are even worse than you thought. Read it while you can!”

Katha Pollitt, columnist, The Nation ; author, Virginity or Death! : And Other Social and Political Issues of Our Time

“America’s theocrats have to be seen, heard, and read to be believed. Not all of us have the acute senses, stamina, guts and intelligence to uncover these forces of unreason and tyranny directly, so we rely on scouts. Michelle Goldberg is one of our indispensable scouts, and Kingdom Coming is a brave and important book. If you cherish plurality and reason, read it to get the bad news—and to restore your faith in journalism.”

Todd Gitlin, Professor of Journalism, Columbia University, and author of The Intellectuals and the Flag

“Michelle Goldberg ventured into the heartland of American fundamentalist extremism -- and returned to warn us of the authoritarian ambitions that lie behind the moralistic posturing of the religious right.  Every patriot who still cherishes the freedoms we inherited from the nation’s founders should read her book.”

Joe Conason, author of The Hunting of the President, Big Lies, and The Raw Deal


“Michelle Goldberg takes us on an eye-opening journey through the Christian right grass- roots, from the evolution battles in Dover, Pennsylvania to Roy’s Rock in Alabama and beyond. Along the way, she makes a devastating case that underlying this movement’s campaigns against abortion or gay marriage is a tremendous will to power, an ambition to achieve Christian domination of our public life and laws. Kingdom Coming offers a stark warning that our democracy is under attack from within.”

Esther Kaplan, author of With God on Their Side: George W. Bush and the Christian Right


 “Kingdom Coming reveals just how thoroughly our national discourse has been corrupted by the mad work of religious literalists.  Goldberg demonstrates — elegantly and persuasively— that tens of millions of our neighbors are working each day to obliterate the separation between church and state, to supplant scientific rationality with Iron Age fantasies, and to achieve a Christian theocracy in the 21st century. This is a terrifying and necessary book.”

Sam Harris, author, The End of Faith


“A chilling and lucid investigation into the rise of Christian extremism in America, as well as a how-to guide for thinking Americans who wish to preserve their civil liberties against the coming onslaught. An important book.”

Julia Scheeres, author of Jesusland

“Tocqueville said in 1840, 'Various forms of religious madness are quite common in the United States.'  Michelle Goldberg demonstrates that various forms of religious madness are still quite common. Tocqueville thought that American democracy could contain the danger. Can it still? Only with an effort. That is Michelle Goldberg's well-illustrated and eloquently expressed point, and she is right to make that point, and we had better pay attention.”

Paul Berman, author of Terror and Liberalism and Power and the Idealists


“Michelle Goldberg provides a critical wake up call for all Americans about a coalition of right wing Christian conservative groups determined to remake the United States into a Christian nation ruled by their conception of Jesus' will. Every American who cherishes religious freedom, civil liberties and the separation of church and state must read Kingdom Coming.”

Abraham H. Foxman, National Director, Anti-Defamation League; author, Never Again? The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism

“Michelle Goldberg takes us on a superbly reported inside tour of the far-out Christian Right, distinguished by its contempt for democracy in this world in the hope of total victory over nonbelievers in the world to come. This book should scare every American who cherishes our secular Constitution and its separation of church and state. ”

Susan Jacoby, author of Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism