April 28, 2013

Jonathan Rieder spoke about his book, Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed a Nation, at Politics & Prose on Sunday, April 28, 2013.

1963 is memorable for many reasons, not least of them Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” Arrested on Good Friday to galvanize the civil rights struggle, King composed an essay in response to eight clergymen who disagreed with the movement. Rieder, a Barnard sociology professor and author of The Word of the Lord is Upon Me, considers the “Letter” from historical, biographical, and literary angles.

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ISBN: 9781620400593
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Published: Bloomsbury Press - April 8th, 2014

April 28, 2013

Mark Mazzetti spoke about his book, The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth, at Politics & Prose on Sunday, April 28, 2013.

In his investigation of how wars are fought today, the Pulitzer-winning New York Times national security correspondent finds that dark spaces are the new battlefields. From special operations forces to clandestine intelligence networks, Mazzetti shows how the lines between soldiers and spies have blurred. While proponents of these tactics tout their efficiency and cost effectiveness, Mazzetti warns of their destabilizing effects and the difficulties of accountability.

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ISBN: 9780143125013
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Published: Penguin Books - March 25th, 2014

July 7, 2013

Marvin Kalb spoke about his book, The Road to War, at Politics & Prose on Sunday, July 7, 2013.

In his thirteenth book about U.S. foreign policy, the veteran journalist and founding director of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, notes that rather than requesting a formal congressional declaration of war, Presidents since Pearl Harbor have cited various commitments to justify sending troops into combat. Kalb investigates the nature of these commitments, examines how they have been fulfilled, and urges greater caution in allowing such arrangements to become policy.

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ISBN: 9780815724933
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Published: Brookings Institution Press - May 10th, 2013

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