FDL Book Salon Welcomes Juan Cole, The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East
In his new book, Prof. Cole charts the ‘Arab Spring’ revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, along with touching upon Syria and Yemen. He credits the Millennial Generation (those born between 1977 and 2000), as a major force behind the varying attempts to change the status quo. As he wrote, “the millennial generation of young Arabs took to the streets, in the millions, chanting ‘bread, freedom and social justice.’ Basically, calling for ‘dignity’ (karama), a sense of personal autonomy and rights to freedom of one’s person and one’s political beliefs that must not be infringed by the security forces of each ‘Republican Monarchy.’ Utilizing the latest social media tools on the internet, the youth were very adept at networking and coordinating the numerous direct actions that rattled the regimes.
At a time when “East” and “West” have been unexpectedly revived as political categories, twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, which was followed two years later by the dissolution of the Soviet Union as a political entity – a book that dissects and up-dates socialist concepts and realities is more timely than ever.
New York’s most progressive literary agent, Francis Golden, who is now ninety years old, once again put her energies where her mind is, asking thirty-one progressive writers to imagine how life would change for Americans were we to enjoy a socialist-oriented government. I say enjoy because I’ve lived half my life under such governments in both Western and the former Eastern Europe, and I can testify to the fact that life is a great deal easier when national governments are organized around principles of solidarity.
I have been fortunate to get to know John Dean over the last number of years. We travel the country presenting seminars, mostly for lawyers, on the lessons and legacy of Watergate. www.watergatecle.com. Our particular focus is on John’s role as inhouse lawyer for the White House. What are a lawyer’s professional ethical duties when confronted with organizational fraud or crime? Watergate, we teach, changed legal ethics for the good – it is one of Watergate’s few remaining positive legacies. Most lawyers in most states are required every year or two to take an ethics course because of Watergate.
I’m sorry, there are no salons this weekend. But next weekend we have: Saturday – John Dean / The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It; Hosted by James Robenalt, author of, The Harding Affair. Sunday – Pau LeBlanc, Debby Smith,
FDL Book Salon Welcomes Rick Perlstein, The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan
It’s an honor to moderate today’s discussion of Rick Perlstein’s new book, The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan. For American history buffs and scholars alike, Rick’s work needs little introduction. He’s the acclaimed author of three major works on the rise of conservatism in the postwar United States (Before the Storm, Nixonland, and now The Invisible Bridge), whose journalism, criticism and writings on history have appeared in The Nation, Rolling Stone and countless other publications. Not just do his books hit the best-seller lists and make the end-of-year best-book roundups, they have become part of the canon, required reading for aspiring American political historians—appearing on the syllabi for graduate seminars, a necessary part of the rite-of-passage hazing ritual for graduate students known as the comprehensive exam, and thus filtering down into the undergraduate lecture courses that introduce the college students of this country to twentieth-century American history.
FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ilan Stavans, A Most Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History of the United States
I have always enjoyed history, whether stories of Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, Medeval England, Renaissance Italy, or stories from US history. I especially enjoy history presented with humor and Ilan Stavans’ A Most Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History of the United States most certainly presents our history with a dash of humor.
FDL Book Salon Welcomes Erica Chenoweth, Maria J. Stephan, Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict
In Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict, Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan review the scholarly literature on campaigns of popular and usually nonviolent resistance to undemocratic regimes in modern nations, including Iran, Burma, Palestine, and Israel. A table at the end and an on-line appendix refer to many other instances of nonviolence.
Welcome Rivera Sun (RiveraSun.com) (Twitter) and Host Kit O’Connell (Editor, MyFDL) (KitO’Connell.com) (Twitter) The Dandelion Insurrection: Love and Revolution (novel) Be kind. Be connected. Be unafraid. With these three simple tenets, Rivera Sun envisions a peaceful, nonviolent revolution springing from a near future United States just a little bit more
FDL Book Salon Welcomes Daniel Schulman, Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty
Mainstream political understanding in the United States is increasingly informed by the perception that our elections and lives are being determined by the outsized spending of millionaires and billionaires we will never meet. The best known poster boys of plutocracy are the subject of this year’s book by Mother Jones senior editor Daniel Schulman in Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty.
FDL Book Salon Welcomes Deena Stryker, Lunch with Fellini, Dinner with Fidel: An Illustrated Personal Journey from the Cold War to the Arab Spring
What really struck me about Deena Stryker and her autobiography was her deep attachment to her family, her sense of incredible adventure, in order to separate herself from her parents’ influence and how much her intelligence and determination shine throughout.