Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The book - Taken Into Custody


Glitches at Amazon and some other online sellers have been corrected. You can now buy the book easily at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, WorldNetDaily, Borders, and other booksellers. In fact, the Amazon sales ranking has been very high. (Amazon is now featuring 6 reviews, all of which give the book 5 stars.) WorldNetDaily reports they are already sold out and have ordered more. Last week, the publishers told me they have ordered a second print run.

Now is the time to contact radio stations and get interviews. Again, if you are connected with a local group, you should try to come on with me for a joint interview. Below is a sample letter you can send to talk radio producers, either before or after you phone them. Attached is a press release, and several pages of highlights from the book.

Please forward this message to your friends and urge them to buy this book and seek radio interviews. Thanks.


PS: Thanks to Jeremy Swanson for arranging an interview with several Canadian radio stations. Thanks too to all those who wrote to WorldNetDaily in response to my recent piece. Here is Chuck DeHart's letter, currently posted at :


What feminism has wrought

Thank you for publishing Stephen Baskerville's "Some are more equal than others." It's time for the Western world to recognize the gender inequality that has sprung from radical feminism and political correctness to destroy fathers and their children, especially male children. Just look at the bastion of feminism, the educational system, to see how males, from the Ritalin drugged first-grader to the men not accepted into college, are cut out of societal opportunities.

Chuck DeHart

(Sample Letter)

Dear [Producer's Name],

Stephen Baskerville's new book, Taken Into Custody: The War Against Fathers, Marriage, and the Family, exposes the shocking truth behind today's divorce epidemic. The divorce industry today is not only destoying families, ruining children's lives, and destabilizing society; it now threatens our freedom and constitutional government.

Below see endorsements from Phyllis Schlafly, Paul Weyrich, Mike McManus, Grover Norquist, and other luminaries, testifying that this is the most destructive and dangerous abuse of power in America today. You will see that Dr. Baskerville has already appeared on major media, including O'Reilly, Hardball, and CNN.

Below is a description of the book, and attached are some highlights.

Dr. Baskerville's contact information is below.

[Then add your own message.]

“This book is a tremendous and much-needed report on how family courts and government policies are harming children."
Phyllis Schlafly, President, Eagle Forum

The War Against Fathers, Marriage, and the Family
By Stephen Baskerville

Why is the American family in crisis? Dr. Stephen Baskerville argues that the most direct cause is the divorce industry: a government-run system that tears apart families, separates children from fit and loving parents, confiscates the wealth of families, and turns law-abiding citizens into criminals in ways they are powerless to avoid. In more than half of divorces, one person forces it upon the other.

In all of human history, this kind of crisis has never happened before. Indeed, today's divorce machine resembles the totalitarian regimes of the last century. Like them, the government officials who exercise virtually absolute control over the private lives of Americans have never been held accountable to anyone. Taken into Custody explores it all:

* Why the "deadbeat dad" is not only a myth but a hoax, the creation of government officials and lawyers plundering parents whose children they have taken away.
* How hysterical propaganda about domestic violence is destroying families, endangering children, and making criminals of innocent parents.
* The real causes of child abuse and how the abuse industry willfully ignores them.
* What drives the rash of "parental kidnappings."
* How family courts operate as if there is no Bill of Rights, denying parents their constitutional legal protections.

Taken into Custody exposes the greatest and most destructive civil rights abuse in America today. Family courts and Soviet-style bureaucracies trample basic civil liberties, entering homes uninvited and taking away people's children at will, then throwing the parents into jail without any form of due process, much less a trial. No parent, no child, no family in America is safe.

The legal industry does not want you to hear this story. Radical feminists, bar associations, and social work bureaucracies have colluded to suppress this information. Even civil libertarians look the other way. Yet it is a reality for tens of millions of Americans.

STEPHEN BASKERVILLE, Ph.D., is assistant professor of government at Patrick Henry College and president of the American Coalition for Fathers of Children. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and is a Fellow at the Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society. The author of more than eighty articles on fatherhood and family issues, he has appeared widely on national radio and television programs.

ISBN-10: 1-58182-594-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-58182-594-7
$24.95, Hardcover
Publication Date: July 2007


A selection of the Conservative Book Club.

Conservative Book Service

Praise for Taken Into Custody

See syndicated columns on Taken Into Custody by Phyllis Schlafly and Mike McManus.

"Since unilateral divorce was adopted in the 1970s, millions of innocent parents have lost their fundamental right to raise their own children to an array of government officials and "experts," such as judges, lawyers, psychotherapists, social workers, child protective services, child support enforcement agents, mediators, counselors, and feminist groups. Dr. Baskerville documents injustices to children and fathers that might otherwise seem beyond belief. He exposes the distortions and fabrications propagated by the divorce industry to rationalize confiscating children from their parents. This is must reading for everyone who loves children, family, or justice."

-- Phyllis Schlafly, President, Eagle Forum

"At long last, Stephen Baskerville in Taken Into Custody: The War Against Fathers, Marriage and the Family, has made the case for the critical importance of fathers in bringing up children. His view, that fathers are the victim of discrimination in the court system in this country, is absolutely correct. Hopefully this book will begin a counter revolution so that fathers will be seen as essential to raising a family. The only successful families, by and large, are those with BOTH parents and children. This book has long been needed, and Dr. Baskerville is absolutely the right person to have written it."

-- Paul M. Weyrich, Hon. PhD, Chairman and CEO, Free Congress Research and Education Foundation

"Taken Into Custody exposes the corruption of the divorce industry – lawyers paid to destroy marriages, courts who do their bidding, and bought state legislators. It is must reading by millions who lost access to their children, but also by church leaders whose support is essential if Stephen Baskerville’s reforms are to have a chance. The danger of gay marriage is trivial compared to the carnage of divorce explored here."

-- Michael J. McManus, President and Co-Founder, Marriage Savers

"Baskerville has exposed a major abuse of power that is not only responsible for destroying families and for the social disorder that ensues from that. It also rationalizes massive government spending and violations of our constitutional freedoms by courts, bureaucracies, and other arms of the state. Today's social crisis is not the product of impersonal social forces to which we must resign ourselves. It is the logical culmination of the modern state's perpetual drive to create problems for itself to solve. This book powerfully reveals the interconnected threats to the family, accountable government, and freedom."

-- Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform

"No-fault divorce, in practice, means unilateral divorce. When one parent is divorced against his will, that means the state must enforce the separation of that parent from his (or sometimes her) children and home. That means the state will intrude in the most personal areas of the family’s life, in effect, obliterating the distinction between public and private. These are the key insights of Stephen Baskerville’s important new book, Taken into Custody. Everyone concerned about the condition of marriage and children should read this book."

-- Jennifer Roback-Morse, PhD, economist and author, Smart Sex: Finding Life-long Love in a Hook-up World

"Stephen Baskerville's Taken into Custody powerfully depicts the myriad cruelties and injustices currently being visited upon American fathers."

-- Glenn Sacks, columnist and talk radio host


Dr. Baskerville has already appeared on these shows, among others:
The O’Reilly Factor
Tucker Carlson (planned)
Court TV with Fred Graham and Katherine Crier
Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg
Extension 720 with Milt Rosenberg
Janet Parshall’s America
Bott Radio Network

His writings have appeared in these leading publications:
Washington Post
Washington Times
American Conservative
Human Events
Catholic World Report
World Net Daily
American Spectator
The Spectator
American Enterprise
National Review
Independent Review
Salisbury Review
Political Science and Politics
Women's Quarterly
Family Policy Review

Contact the Author:
Stephen Baskerville, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Government
Patrick Henry College
1 Patrick Henry Circle
Purcellville, Virginia 20132
703 560 5138 * 540 338 8737 * 202 330 3248 (mobile)

Available at Amazon's special price of $16.47 (regular price $24.95).

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