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ROBERT SCHEER says Saddam Hussein, who did not have a nuclear weapons program and was fundamentally at odds with Bin Laden, now sits in prison, while the dictator of nukes-R-us Pakistan and the theocrats of Iran have had their power immeasurably strengthened by Bushs policies. Go figure. Actually, it would appear the public already has, explaining why our fearless leader has fallen so far in the polls. Bobs new book is Playing President: My Relationships with Nixon, Carter, Bush I, Reagan, and Clinton–and How They Did Not Prepare Me for George W. Bush.
READ BOB SCHEER’s column at TruthDig.com
BOB SCHEER at the BookFest at UCLA: Sat. 4pm, Schoenberg Hall, with Mark Danner.
PLUS: Torture and Truth: MARK DANNER has reported from some of the most dangerous spots on the planet. He’s visited Iraq three times in recent years. His new book is The Secret Way to War.
READ Mark Danners interview at TomDispatch.com
MARK DANNER at the BookFest at UCLA: Sat 4pm, Schoenberg Hall, with Robert Scheer.
ALSO: REZA ASLAN explains Islamic faith, history and culture — and criticizes the argument that we’re invovled in “a clash of civilizations” with Islam. His book No god but God is out now in paperback.
REZA ASLAN at the BookFest: Sun 230, Ackerman Ballroom
OTHER GUESTS FROM THE SHOW AT THE BOOKFEST AT UCLA:
Taylor Branch (At Canaans Edge): Sun 230, Moore 100
Leo Braudy (From Chivalry to Terrorism): Sat 1030, Young CS 24
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (Blood on the Border): Sat 4pm, Moore 100
Chris Hedges (War is a Force): Sat 2pm, Haines 39
Adam Hochschild (Bury the Chains): Sat 1030, Young CS 24
Scott Ritter (Iraq Confidential): Sat 4pm, Schoenberg Hall
Clancy Sigal (A Woman of Uncertain Character): Sat 230, Young CS 50
Rebecca Solnit (A Field Guide to Getting Lost): Sun 1pm, Young CS 50
Kenneth Turan (Never Coming to a Theater Near You): Sun 3pm, Franz 1178
David Ulin (The Myth of Solid Ground): Sat 1pm, Royce
Sarah Vowell (Assassination Vacation): Sun 3pm, Royce
Steve Wasserman (former Book Review editor): Sat 1pm, Dodd 147
Amy Wilentz (Martyrs’ Crossing): Sat 4pm, Korn
Sean Wilentz (The Rise of American Democracy): Sat 10am, Korn
Tickets required; info at http://www.latimes.com/extras/festivalofbooks/ticketing.html