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FDL Book Salon Welcomes Edward Renehan, Pete Seeger vs. The Un-Americans: A Tale of the Blacklist

By: Saturday June 14, 2014 1:59 pm

I was a protégé  of Pete Seeger for over 40 years, and like the author of today’s book, Ed Renehan, a friend of both Pete & his amazing wife, Toshi. Ed’s book, Pete Seeger vs. the Un-Americans, explores Seeger’s interaction with the House UnAmerican Activities Committee (HUAC for short), colloquially known as the McCarthy Hearings, after Senator Joe McCarthy, who presided over the Committee for many years.

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By: Sunday June 1, 2014 12:00 pm

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FDL Book Salon Welcomes June Carbone and Naomi Cahn, Marriage Markets: How Inequality Is Remaking the American Family

By: Saturday May 17, 2014 1:59 pm

While the word “family” may still conjure up an image of a two married parents living with their 2.5 children in the suburbs, Dad heading off to work every morning while Mom takes care of the kids, this image is more myth than reality, a stubborn ideological resistance to seeing the vast transformations that have rocked American family life in recent decades. As June Carbone and Naomi Cahn demonstrate with exceptional rigor, clarity, and elegance, the white picket fences of this mythical family have been swept away by a series of economic, social, and cultural shifts that have altered the “gender bargain” at the core of the traditional family.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Stephen Kinzer, The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles and Their Secret World War

By: Saturday May 10, 2014 1:59 pm

Stephen Kinzer has many fine qualities as a chronicler of recent U.S. foreign relations: his first-hand experience of diverse regions gained from journalistic assignments around the world, his skill at making the past come alive in vivid, pithy prose, and his readiness to engage with the most challenging contemporary policy issues.

For me, though, his most admirable quality is his readiness to put the stories he tells in long-term historical perspective.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes, Melissa Gira Grant, Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work

By: Saturday May 3, 2014 1:59 pm

A worker bee by nature, Melissa Gira Grant is a busy woman. Primarily a freelance journalist covering sex, tech, and politics, in the streets and everywhere else, she came to reporting by way of writing creative nonfiction (for no money), labor organizing (for almost no money), and sex work (to make up for the no money). She writes true stories, mostly about living people, and only incidentally about her own life, although the media loves to construct her biography and make assumptions about her personal life due to her subversive subject matter.

Grant is very direct in her quest to create positive change regarding how sex work is viewed in society and what the work means in general.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Mark Ebner, Poison Candy: The Murderous Madam: Inside Dalia Dippolito’s Plot to Kill

By: Saturday April 19, 2014 1:59 pm

Dalia Dippolito surely personifies the adage that “truth is stranger than fiction.” If the twists in her life weren’t documented in Poison Candy, it would be difficult to believe the extent of her greed and evil nature. The book’s Prologue hooks the reader immediately. The book’s title is explained in this early passage: “She was poison candy—sweet, delicious, mouthwatering on the outside, but deadly within, and designed to cripple the innocent. She was something only a monster could imagine, or something you’d find in a fairy tale.”

FDL Book Salon Welcomes David Cay Johnston, Divided: The Perils Of Our Growing Inequality

By: Saturday April 12, 2014 1:59 pm

If you would like to get up to speed on the topic of inequality David Cay Johnston’s Divided is a terrific place to start, with some forty chapters drawn from speeches, reports, books, and articles by a broad range of experts, offering reflection and analysis about inequalities in income, wealth, and health; the role of debt and the secondary economic institutions that prey upon lower-income Americans; the shape of the economy itself; and what’s happened to families, especially over the past 40 to 50 years.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ken Jacobs, When Mandates Work: Raising Labor Standards at the Local Level

By: Sunday March 16, 2014 1:59 pm

The 21st century United States is a nation of great income inequality and entrenched poverty. Progressives have demanded federal action to fight these problems, but Republican control over the House has made this nearly impossible. However, campaigns on the local and state levels have begun to transform the debate over income inequality. Beginning in the 1990s, living wage campaigns in cities across the nation began showing how local communities can make a difference. Some of the nation’s most politically progressive cities began pushing for paid sick leave, domestic partner benefits, and card check for unionization.

In the last two years, Occupy Wall Street brought economic inequality to the attention of national politicians and opened space for political leaders to push for higher minimum wage laws.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Robert M. Farley, Grounded: The Case for Abolishing the United States Air Force

By: Saturday March 15, 2014 1:59 pm

It’s been a rough couple of years for the U.S. Air Force. The flying branch has squandered billions of dollars on gold-plated aircraft and other weapons it doesn’t need. It has mishandled nuclear weapons. Airmen in the nuclear force have been caught cheating on exams. And then there are the numerous sex scandals.

At the same time, the Air Force has struggled to remain relevant during the course of two land-centric wars.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes David Lochbaum, Susan Q. Stranahan, Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster

By: Saturday March 8, 2014 1:59 pm

David Lochbaum, Edwin Lyman, Susan Q. Stranahan and the Union of Concerned Scientists examine this question carefully in the long shadow of Fukushima Daiichi. The book contains both a gripping narrative of the nuclear accidents at Fukushima three years ago and a careful examination of the relationships between the nuclear industry and its regulators in Japan, especially as viewed from an American perspective, and as replayed on the American stage. The authors are experts in these matters and the writing is terrific.

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Upcoming FDL Book Salons

Saturday, August 30, 2014
2:00 pm Pacific
The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It
Chat with John Dean about his new book.

Sunday, August 31, 2014
2:00 pm Pacific
Imagine: Living In A Socialist USA
Chat with Pau LeBlanc, Debby Smith, and Michael Steven Smith about their new book. Hosted by Deena Stryker

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