May 31, 2014

Mark Stein spoke about his book, American Panic: A History of Who Scares Us and Why, at Politics & Prose on Saturday, May 31, 2014.

By highlighting the similarities between American political panics from the Salem witch hunt to present-day vehemence over issues such as Latino immigration, gay marriage, and the construction of mosques, Stein closely examines just what it is that causes us as a nation to overreact in the face of widespread and potentially profound change. This book also devotes chapters to African Americans, Native Americans, Catholics, Mormons, Jews, Chinese and Japanese peoples, Communists, Capitalists, women, and a highly turbulent but largely forgotten panic over Freemasons. Striking similarities in these diverse episodes are revealed in primary documents Stein has unearthed, in which statements from the past could easily be mistaken for statements today. As these similarities come to light, Stein reveals why some people become panicked over particular issues when others do not.

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ISBN: 9781137279026
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Published: St. Martin's Press - May 20th, 2014

May 17, 2014

Elizabeth Drew spoke about her book, Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon's Downfall, at Politics & Prose on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

Originally published in 1975, Elizabeth Drew's Washington Journal was the book that best captured the extraordinary upheaval of America in the Watergate years. The book that established Drew's reputation as one of the shrewdest and sharpest writers on American politics, Washington Journal took in the emerging scandal with tremendous clarity and force. Unfolding over the course of a single year, from September 1973 to August 1974, Washington Journal is the record of the near-dissolution of a nation's political conscience--told from within. In these pages, we see corruption in its most prosaic and grandest forms, along with occasional flashes of decency, ethics, and humanity, and other sights rarely witnessed in the wilds of the capital. The result is a book that brings to life Washington in all its complexity and contradiction.

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ISBN: 9781468309997
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Published: Abrams Press - July 21st, 2015

April 29, 2014

Alex Beam spoke about his book, American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church , at Politics & Prose on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

Mormonism is America's largest and most enduring native religion, and the "martyrdom" of Joseph Smith is one of its transformational events. Smith's brutal assassination propelled the Mormons to colonize the American West and claim their place in the mainstream of American history. American Crucifixion is a gripping story of scandal and violence, with deep roots in our national identity.

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Published: PublicAffairs - June 9th, 2015

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