FDL Book Salon Welcomes John White, The Gulf of Tonkin Events – Fifty Years Later: A Footnote to the History of the Vietnam War

By: Sunday April 20, 2014 1:59 pm

The war in Vietnam essentially began in 1964 in response to what the American government claimed was an unprovoked attack upon two U.S. naval ships, the destroyers USS Maddox (DD-731) and USS Turner Joy (DD-951), while they were steaming peacefully on the high seas in the Gulf of Tonkin off Vietnam. Although there was a U.S. military presence in Vietnam before that, the Tonkin events led to congressional action which allowed President Lyndon Johnson (and, later, President Richard Nixon) to escalate our military presence enormously and to wage war not only in Vietnam but also covertly in Southeast Asia.

Among the many books written on the Vietnamese war, half a dozen note a 1967 letter to the editor of a Connecticut newspaper which was instrumental in pressuring the Johnson administration to tell the truth about how the war was started.

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The Gulf of Tonkin Events – Fifty Years Later: A Footnote to the History of the Vietnam War

Chat with John White about his new book, hosted by Pulitzer Prize winner Deborah J. Nelson.

Poison Candy: The Murderous Madam: Inside Dalia Dippolito’s Plot to Kill – Book Salon Preview

By: Saturday April 19, 2014 11:30 am

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Poison Candy: The Murderous Madam: Inside Dalia Dippolito’s Plot to Kill

Chat with Mark Ebner about his new book, hosted by Beth Karas.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Julia Angwin, Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance

By: Sunday April 13, 2014 1:59 pm

Back in July 2012, long before Edward Snowden’s leaks heightened the general public’s concern about online privacy, then Wall Street Journal reporter Julia Angwin set off on a picaresque quest to find some kind of online privacy. The chronicle of that quest, Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Surveillance, serves as a kind of user’s guide for our new dragnet world.

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By: Sunday April 13, 2014 12:15 pm

“In Dragnet Nation, award-winning investigative journalist Julia Angwin reports from the front lines of America’s surveillance economy, offering a revelatory and unsettling look at how the government, private companies, and even criminals use technology to indiscriminately sweep up vast amounts of our personal data. In a world where we can be watched in our own homes, where we can no longer keep secrets, and where we can be impersonated, financially manipulated, or even placed in a police lineup, Angwin argues that the greatest long-term danger is that we start to internalize the surveillance and censor our words and thoughts, until we lose the very freedom that makes us unique individuals. “

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.

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By: Saturday April 12, 2014 10:30 am

“The issue of inequality has irrefutably returned to the fore, riding on the anger against Wall Street following the 2008 financial crisis and the concentration of economic and political power in the hands of the super-rich. The Occupy movement made the plight of the 99 percent an indelible part of the public consciousness, and concerns about inequality were a decisive factor in the 2012 presidential elections.”

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Daniel Suarez, Kill Decision (Novel)

By: Saturday April 5, 2014 1:59 pm

Daniel Suarez’s book Kill Decision takes on the topic of drones, especially autonomous drones that can make their own decision to kill, with no human in the loop.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Betty Medsger, The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI

By: Saturday March 29, 2014 1:59 pm

This book is a window into a period of American history when secret government used its vast powers to engage in the widespread quashing of dissent.

In the midst of this dark era, a group of conscientious citizens chose to burglarize an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, because they thought they might be able to confirm how the FBI was spying on Americans who dared to protest the policies of their government.

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Upcoming FDL Book Salons

Saturday, April 26, 2014
2:00 pm Pacific
All the Presidents’ Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power
Chat with Nomi Prins about her new book. Hosted by Bill Black.

Sunday, April 27, 2014
2:00 pm Pacific
Summer of Beer and Whiskey: How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Fight Made Baseball America’s Game
Chat with Edward Achorn about his new book. Hosted by Richard Taylor (dakine01).

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