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Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus is a series of essays by political journalist and bestselling author Matt Taibbi telling the story of Western civilization’s current political tangle and presenting an eerie take on our democracy’s uncertain future. Years before the clown car of candidates was fully loaded, the essential themes of this story were all in place: the power of spectacle over substance; the absence of a shared reality; the nihilistic rebellion of the white working class; the death of the political establishment; and the emergence of a new, explicit form of white nationalism.
Joel Berg’s book, America We Need to Talk: A Self-Help Book for the Nation, starts with the premise that our most important relationship is with our country. Berg, an author, advocate, and political expert makes the case that we must stop blaming the nation’s problems solely on “the politicians” or “the system” and take personal responsibility to solve them. Berg walks a fine line, offering both a parody of self-help books and a sobering analysis of the nation’s political and economic dysfunction.
The two authors will discuss the subjects of their books and participate in a joint Q & A with the audience after they speak.
Presented by: Third Place Books and Town Hall as a part of our Civics series.
Series supported by:
True Brown Foundation
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