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The Vigil
26 Days in Crawford, Texas
W. Leon Smith
ISBN: 9781932857337
Book (Paperback)
Disinformation Books
4 x 7 1/2
192 pages
20 B&W Photographs
January 1, 2006


The compelling inside story of Cindy Sheehan’s vigil in Crawford, Texas, that redefined the Bush presidency. At the center of it all was Crawford’s own local paper, The Lone Star Iconoclast. The Vigil is an invaluable record of the Iconoclast’s coverage, with Sheehan herself providing a scene-setting foreword.

A high-stakes, blow-by-blow account of the events as they unfolded, The Vigil lets readers experience this vigil right along with the writers and participants as the paper’s publisher (W. Leon Smith) and crew demonstrate a level of professional integrity that—to quote Sheehan herself—“shine[s] like a lone spark of integrity in the prairie darkness.”

W. Leon Smith was born in Central Texas in 1953. He has worked in every facet of the newspaper business and has published several award-winning newspapers during the past 30 years, including The Lone Star, and The Iconoclast, which gained international recognition when The Iconoclast endorsed John Kerry for President in 2004 over local part-time resident George W. Bush.
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