Books and Books Coral Gables. June 30th, 2008. 8:00 p.m.In the course of his 40-year career as one of America’s most admired journalists, Robert Scheer’s work has been praised by Gore Vidal, Susan Sontag, and Joan Didion, who deems him “one of the best reporters of our time.” now, Scheer brings a lifetime of wisdom and experience to one of the most overlooked and dangerous issues of our time – the destructive influence of America’s military-industrial complex. He will be discussing and signing his most recent book The Pornography of Power at Books and Books Coral Gables.
Scheer examines the quiet expansion of our military presence throughout the world, our insane nuclear strategy, the immorality of corporations profiting in Iraq, and the arrogance of our foreign policy. Although Scheer is an unabashed liberal, his view echoes that of former republican president general Dwight Eisenhower, who, in his farewell speech to the American people, spoke prophetically about the need to guard against the growing influence of the military-industrial complex. in George W. Bush’s America, politicians like Ike and Richard Nixon seem like prudent centrists.
The Pornography of Power marks the culmination of a major journalist’s efforts to change the debate in America. At a time when many are exploiting fears of terrorist attacks and only a few national leaders are willing to advocate cuts in defense spending, nuclear disarmament, and restrained use of American force, Robert Scheer has written a manifesto for enlightened reform.
Robert Scheer is currently Editor-in-Chief of Truthdig.com, 2007 Webby Award winner for best political blog. He is also a contributing editor for The Nation; a syndicated columnist, based at the San Francisco Chronicle; and a host of “Left, Right and Center” on KCRW, the NPR affiliate in Santa Monica. Between 1964 and 1969 he was a Vietnam correspondent and Editor-in-Chief of Ramparts magazine. He spent 29 years at the Los Angeles Times as a national reporter, columnist, and contributing editor. He was also a project consultant for Oliver Stone’s Nixon and played the role of a journalist in Warren Beatty’s Bullworth. He is the author of seven books, including With Enough Shovels: Reagan, Bush and Nuclear War.
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