Book Salon Preview: Doug Fine Discusses His Book, Hemp Bound, at The Booksmith, in Haight-Ashbury

By: Sunday June 1, 2014 8:46 am

Sunday afternoon, I will be hosting author Doug Fine here at the Firedoglake Book Salon. We will be asking him questions about the subject matter of Hemp Bound: Dispatches From the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution.  Last year, we had him here to discuss the paperback edition of his book on the medical cannabis growing scene in California, Too High to Fail.

 

Firedoglake Book Salon Preview: After Legalization: Understanding The Future Of Marijuana Policy, by Jon Walker

By: Sunday March 9, 2014 9:10 am

Jon Walker’s After Legalization: Understanding The Future Of Marijuana Policy combines detailed knowledge of the past and present stories and issues surrounding cannabis in the United States with a solidly based set of predictions about what the stories and issues will be like in 2030.

FDL Book Salon Preview: Stop Drifting, Start Rowing, by Roz Savage

By: Sunday December 29, 2013 7:00 am

Roz Savage has been lauded worldwide. Most recently, Queen Elizabeth II honored the adventurer on the Queen’s Birthday, awarding Savage the Order of the British Empire. Although she has been lionized for her rowing accomplishments (including National Geographic‘s 2010 Adventurer of the Year), Savage has been honored, perhaps more significantly, for her efforts to bring more attention to oceanic plastic pollution. Her campaign, along with many others, to end plastic bag use at the Olympic Games, symbolic as that is, has been commended.

FDL Book Salon Preview: Too High to Fail Author Doug Fine Addresses London UK NORML Meeting

By: Sunday December 8, 2013 8:15 am

Because Fine’s book is one of the most important yet published on failings and stupidities of the War on Drugs, he has been in demand for public speaking engagements on legalization issues and their ramifications. He has taken a holistic approach toward how legalization, cultivation, marketing, product development and hemp-cannabis infrastructure might rationally work. In that, he is in the forefront.

Book Salon Preview: Goliath, Life & Loathing in Greater Israel by Max Blumenthal – Part Two: The Book’s Reception – Updated

By: Thursday October 31, 2013 2:00 pm

The push-back against Max Blumenthal for Goliath is reminiscent to the reception of The Israel Lobby. One might say, though, that the militant Zionist hits against the new book are informed somewhat by what Zionist commentators have learned from Walt and Mearsheimer’s book.

Max Blumenthal Begins “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel” Book Tour With Democracy Now Appearance

By: Friday October 4, 2013 4:00 pm

Author and journalist Max Blumenthal’s second book came out on October 1. Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel recounts Blumenthal’s four-year quest to fully cover, document and chronicle Israel’s inexorable tilt to a country so far to the right, so authoritarian, so overtly racist, so defiant of international standards, that it risks becoming more than a bit like North Korea in the ways it turns inward, denying the reality of the world’s perception of what the small nation actually is.

I Went and Looked at the Moon Last Night

By: Sunday August 26, 2012 6:00 pm

Unless you have been stuck under a rock, you probably know that Neil Armstrong died yesterday. In July 1969, I, like so many millions of others, watched as he made “One small step for (a) man; one giant leap for mankind.” (I am using the words as he said he spoke them rather than how we heard them as I can fully appreciate how there could be a comm drop – as should anyone who has had a phone drop the occasional word.)

That summer, I was 17 years old and about to start my senior year in high school. Vietnam was still raging; Richard Nixon had been president for only a few months, and I had all my life and the world in front of me.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Geoffrey Dunn, The Lies of Sarah Palin: The Untold Story Behind Her Relentless Quest for Power

By: Saturday May 7, 2011 1:59 pm

Dunn divides the book into a prologue and four parts. The prologue describes the continuity of her falsehoods and their uses, from her beginnings to the present. The four parts, in turn, concentrate on her ascension in Alaska, from Wasilla to Juneau; the 2008 national campaign as John McCain’s running mate in a presidential contest; her return to Alaska until the July 2009 resignation; and her national presence over the past 20 months, as a unique sort of new wave political grifter who combines televangelism, celebrity cult social media presence and radical right-wing hate subtexts in unique ways.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes James Carroll, Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited the Modern World

By: Sunday April 17, 2011 1:59 pm

As a young man, James Carroll had an epiphany deep in the diggings of an archeological excavation under Old Jerusalem. He had become a Catholic priest. In his activities there and in Bethlehem, he had failed to grow close to any sense of wonder over his physical closeness to events related to the life and death of Jesus. He had witnessed squabbling between and amongst clerics, often over petty issues. He was becoming less illuminated, more disenchanted every day. He acquired an elderly Dominican priest, who was also a renowned scholar and archeologist, as a guide. At first the man frustrated Carroll even more with his banter:

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