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Shocker: Cindy Sheehan Gets A Damn Book Deal

Quel surprise, non? As we've seen so many times of late, sedition pays.

From Cindy's foremost fans, the DNC's Associated Press :

'Peace Mom' Sheehan to release book

Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas – After spending scorching August days with hundreds of war protesters at her makeshift camp near President Bush's Crawford ranch, Cindy Sheehan slipped away each night to her tent or RV for a few quiet moments on her laptop.

The words came easily as she opined about the war, U.S. leaders, her critics, her supporters. And the tears started to flow no matter how many times she wrote about her 24-year-old soldier son Casey, who died in Iraq last year.

"I miss him more every day. It seems the void in my life grows as time goes on, and I realize I am never going to see him again or hear his voice," Sheehan wrote. "I knew he was going to be a great man. I just had no idea how great he was going to be or how much it was going to hurt me."

Now those journal entries are in her book, "Not One More Mother's Child," to be released Wednesday. The paperback also contains some of her speeches to peace groups earlier this year, letters to politicians and writings since leaving Crawford.

"I never wrote anything more than a note to excuse my kids from school before Casey was killed, so to see something I wrote in print with my name on it is amazing," Sheehan told The Associated Press by phone from her home in Berkeley, Calif.

Sheehan gained national attention during her 26-day vigil on a Texas roadside near President Bush's ranch in August. She refused to move until the president met with her or ended his vacation. That moved Arnie Kotler, the founder of a Hawaii publishing company who saw news coverage and read Sheehan's Internet blog entries from the protest.

"I thought, 'This is already a book. This is incredible,'" said Kotler of Koa Books, which printed about 20,000 copies. "We got it done as quickly as we could, and the deepest reason is to stop the war."

The White House did not return calls seeking comment on the book.

Sheehan shares details about Casey, her oldest child grew up to be an Eagle scout who considered becoming a priest. He enlisted, Sheehan said, to give something back to the country.

"He didn't enlist to be used and misused by a reckless commander in chief who sent his troops to preemptively attack and occupy a country that was no imminent threat or any threat to our country," she writes.

In a chapter called "The Peaceful Occupation of Crawford, Texas," Sheehan chronicles the daily events of the protest, such as being bombarded with media interviews, the campsite wedding of two peace activists and visits from celebrities Martin Sheen, Joan Baez and the Rev. Al Sharpton. She also writes about her critics.

"The right-wingers are really having a field day with me," she wrote. "… What really hurts me the most is when people say that I am dishonoring Casey by my protest in Crawford. By wanting our troops to come home alive and well, that I am somehow not supporting them."

Sheehan plans to go on a book tour, but first she wants to resume her protest in Crawford this week as Bush spends Thanksgiving at his ranch.

"The Camp Casey movement will not die until we have a genuine accounting of the truth and until our troops are brought home," she wrote. "Get used to it, George. We are not going away."

Here are some excerpts from her weighty tome:

Excerpts from war protester Cindy Sheehan's book

FORT WORTH, Texas — Here are some excerpts from the book "Not One More Mother's Child" written by Cindy Sheehan, the fallen U.S. soldier's mother who drew thousands to her 26-day war protest near President Bush's Crawford ranch in August. The book published by Koa Books is to be released Wednesday.

– On her grief:

"For many nights after Casey was killed and we buried him, I had to restrain myself from swallowing my entire bottle of sleeping pills. The pain and the deep pit of hopelessness and despair were almost more than I could cope with. … The only thing that restrained me from committing the cowardly and selfish act of killing myself was my other three children."

– On the war:

"I am even more convinced now that this aggression on Iraq was based on a lie of historic proportions and was blatantly unnecessary. … The leadership of this country rushed us into an illegal invasion of another sovereign country on prefabricated and cherry-picked intelligence."

– On her critics:

"I guess the truth frightens people. It frightens them so much, they have to resort to telling lies to rebut my arguments. … The people who are slamming me have no idea about what it feels like to unjustly have a child killed in an insane war."

– On her "almost icon" status:

"I never set out to become the `Rosa Parks of the peace movement.' I ventured out on August 6, 2005, to hold George Bush accountable and to raise awareness about his lies and misuse and abuse of power. I didn't set out to become anyone's hero. I am a regular mom who just wants peace and no one else to be murdered for the deceptions of our government."

– On the protest:

"I've come to Crawford to bring to the president's doorstep the harsh realities of a war he's been trying so hard to avoid. … American citizens who oppose the war but never had a conduit for their disgust and dismay are dropping everything and traveling to Crawford to stand in solidarity with us. … This is George Bush's accountability moment, and he is failing miserably."

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