"Murdered by Mumia" just made the New York Times extended best seller list, and will be in the 20th position in the list dated December 30, 2007.
Thank you so much for your support of this book. Last Friday, upon her departure from Philadelphia, at the end of our intensive book signing schedule, Maureen Faulkner was elated about the success of the book, and told me she was going home to celebrate her most enjoyable Christmas in the 26 years since Danny died. This news will guarantee her holiday happiness.
The book remains for sale everywhere, and all author proceeds will continue to benefit Maureen's not-for-profit which supports the education of the children of murder victims in Philadelphia.
The first 40,000 copies of this book were sold on the first day alone. At just about every book signing every book in the store was sold and on a few occasions people had to leave empty handed as their simply wasn't enough for everyone.
On a personal note, I again want to thank Michael and Maureen for thinking to include my contribution and especially all of you who have seen past the Jamal propaganda machine and now want to read the real story.
One lingering bit of sadness is with me as I write this as I realize that Maureen Faulkner should have never had to write this book. However, the brutal attempts to demonize her and re-write history on the part of Jamal's supporters made this endeavor a kind of necessity.
It took immense courage for her to write this book, re-live those memories, and have endured the worst that the Jamal supporters have thrown at her, and still be so kind and so full of energy. She didn't ask to be the widow of a slain police officer, or to be attacked so viciously, or to become a kind of symbol for justice. But that is what she is and the example she sets in terms of courage, persistence, and with regards to this former MOVE/Mumia supporter, an amazing amount of forgivenesss. On so many levels she raises the bar for all of the rest of us.
Thank you Maureen and Michael for this book. What we need now is a version in French!