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By: Saturday October 25, 2014 10:45 am

It has been an honor to bring the newsmakers, authors and filmmakers to FDL each week so you can ask questions and to be heard. These are the people making the news, reporting the facts, and organizing protests, brought here to FDL to talk with you. We need your help, thank you.

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FDL Book Salon Welcomes Rick Perlstein, The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan

By: Sunday August 17, 2014 1:59 pm

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 Erica Chenoweth, Maria J. Stephan, Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict

By: Sunday August 10, 2014 1:59 pm

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 online appendix refer to many other instances of nonviolence.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Daniel Schulman, Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty

By: Sunday August 3, 2014 1:59 pm

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 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.

With a timely release, considering our current national zeitgeist and upcoming midterm elections, Sons of Wichita has been received and celebrated with a twist: Schulman’s tomb of “Kochology” has been received with surprise for its non-condemning tone. The Daily Show host Jon Stewart joked “these Koch brothers almost seem human,” in an interview with Schulman.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Deena Stryker, Lunch with Fellini, Dinner with Fidel: An Illustrated Personal Journey from the Cold War to the Arab Spring

By: Saturday August 2, 2014 1:59 pm

Ms. Stryker surely has an FBI/CIA/NSA file as thick as a Beijing phone book, and from the perspective of the 1%, deservedly so, which makes her a true modern day heroine in my eyes. Her life story is one of the most fascinating, adventurous, rebellious and romantic ones that I’ve ever vicariously experienced, reading her autobiography Lunch with Fellini, Dinner with Fidel, and one that I will not soon forget.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Michael Arria, Medium Blue: The Politics of MSNBC

By: Sunday July 27, 2014 1:59 pm

Using vignettes and case studies, Michael Arria’s book tells the story of many liberal’s favorite cable news network: MSNBC. Chronicling the likes of Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, Melissa Harris-Perry, a bit of Ed Schultz and Keith Olbermann, the book offers the very first critical examination, in book form, of the “Lean Forward” network.

As Arria notes, it is easy to mock and ridicule Fox News and the corporate conservative media. “For years now, Fox News has been beaming out images of people falling into orchestra pits, red meat for its rabid base, as well as liberals who love to hate on it.” Indeed, an entire “progressive movement” (related: a token of success in said movement is an appearance on MSNBC) echo chamber has been created around bashing media meant for consumption for conservatives.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Joe Burns, Strike Back: Using the Militant Tactics of Labor’s Past to Reignite Public Sector Unionism Today

By: Sunday July 20, 2014 1:59 pm

If we want a stronger public sector labor movement that engages in militant and broad-based social action on behalf of both its members and the people they serve, then a focus on engaging the community is a must. Joe Burns’ book provides some guidance on how we can do that in a way that remains rooted in the values of justice and equality in the workplace that the labor movement has stood for since those textile workers in Lowell, MA walked off the job in the early 19th century. These are values that my father, who came up as a nuclear marine machinist at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, instilled in me as a young boy, and that my grandmother, a veteran of the Civil Rights Movement, instilled in him all the same.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Brad Edmondson, Ice Cream Social: The Struggle for the Soul of Ben & Jerry’s

By: Saturday July 12, 2014 1:59 pm

Like many back in the 1980’s I was an early and enthusiastic convert to Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. The taste was, of course, great and the funky flavors & funny names couldn’t be found anywhere else. I was charmed by the light-hearted fun, in fact, joyous aura around the products and the business. Pretty soon it sunk in that this ice cream wasn’t just a tasty, belt-busting treat but also it was made at a cool, decidedly un-corporate enterprise in bucolic Vermont, by real people who shared a lot of my values. Furthermore they were actually eager to espouse their (& my) values. How bizarre & refreshing was that?!

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Dave Zirin, Brazil’s Dance With the Devil: The World Cup, The Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy

By: Saturday July 5, 2014 1:59 pm

The soccer World Cup is upon us! On the pitch it has been scintillating tournament thus far, with Lionel Messi carrying Argentina, Tim Howard carrying the United States, Arjen Robben carrying the Netherlands, and James Rodriguez carrying Colombia. Meanwhile British Airways carried the English squad on their early journey home and rumors of Cameroonian match-fixing have carried the day in the global media.

While players from around the world have provided us with dazzling moments of skill, stamina, and sangfroid, things haven’t been so pretty off the field. For anyone who wants to better understand the seamy machinations thrumming behind the World Cup’s spectacular outer shell, Dave Zirin is your guy. His new book Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Struggle for Democracy is indispensable reading.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Knut and Masaccio for a Discussion About Thomas Piketty’s Book: Capital in the Twenty-First Century

By: Sunday June 29, 2014 1:59 pm

As most of you know, we were supposed to have this discussion six weeks ago with Piketty himself, but at the last minute he was overwhelmed by requests for interviews on television (including a stint on the Colbert Report) and just about every major newspaper in the English-speaking world and had to cancel. Jane is hopeful that we can have him on sometime in the future, but for the time being you will have to content yourself with Masaccio and myself.

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