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The Last Great Senate: Courage and Statesmanship in Times of Crisis by Ira Shapiro

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Author and Ambassador Ira Shapiro worked twelve years as a senior senate staffer and served as a leading U.S. Trade negotiator during the Clinton Administration.  In his book The Last Great Senate: Courage and Statesmanship in Times of Crisis, he delves into the period between 1977 and 1980.  The imperial presidency of Richard Nixon has collapsed and fortunately for the nation, the elder wise man of the senate stepped up to the plate.

Former Senator Gary Hart described the US Senate as “a controlled madhouse,” but in this book you will get a very detailed view of the issues from the bailing out of New York City, the Panama Canal treaty, to the setting  of new ethical standards.

William Byrd and Howard Baker were only a  few of the men that used this branch of government to get things done. Shapiro does give an unflattering view of the then newly minted President Carter that often butted heads rather than effetely work with the others. He also chronicles how the challenge by Ted Kennedy and the hostage crisis did damage to Carter’s re-election chances in 1980.

This period came to a close with the Reagan revolution and was the start of an era of deep partisanship. Maybe this book will showcase how our current leaders need to rise to the occasion and act like statesmen to center their energy on solving our nation problems.

Book Facts:

The Last Great Senate: Courage and Statesmanship in Times of Crisis by Ira Shapiro

2012 Perseus Books 476 pp

ISBN: 978-1-58648-936-6

 

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An Evening with David Sedaris at Fox Theatre April 16

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ATLANTA, GA (Feb. 24, 2015) – The Fox Theatre is pleased to present An Evening with David Sedaris, author of the previous bestsellers Naked, Me Talk Pretty One DayDress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and regular National Public Radio contributor who will be appearing for one night only at the Fox Theatre on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:30pm.

Celebrating the June 3, 2014 paperback release of his latest title, #1 New York Times Bestseller, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, author David Sedaris comes to Atlanta for an evening of engaging recollections and featuring all-new readings.

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Dr. Mike’s “The Fallacy of the Calorie”

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Dr. Mike (Michael S. Fenster, MD) has a sense of humor in dispersing his dietary and nutritional advice in The Fallacy of the Calorie, but what’s also funny is the fact that this cardiologist is dishing out all this information while criticizing supposed self-proclaimed food experts.

Take this passage, for example: “These days it seems as if everybody has an opinion about food and health. People watch Dr. Oz, tune in to the Food Network, or read some anecdotal diatribe on the Internet and all of a sudden they’re full of expert opinions and analysis.”

Dr. Mike mentions only Dr. Oz by name. He then goes on to allude to a bunch of straw men who give consumers lots of conflicting food guidance before launching into his own enterprising book of culinary realness. Dr. Mike is in your face and sounds like a go-getter, I guess. He says if I’m happy with the food I eat and my state of wellness, health, verdure, heartiness is a-okay, then this is not the book for me. PUT THIS BOOK DOWN. If only!

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SPX 2014 Programming Schedule

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SPX is fast approaching! Check out the release about this year’s panels and programming to plan your weekend. They all sound remarkable, highlighting diversity in the comics and cartooning industry that is often overlooked.

The Small Press Expo is pleased to announce the SPX 2014 Programming Schedule.  SPX continuing the festival’s established tradition of rich, thought-provoking programming featuring leading comics artists and critics in conversation. As in previous years, the Programming Schedule will feature two simultaneous tracks on both Saturday and Sunday, September 13th and 14th.

SPX 2014 programming highlights include special Q&A sessions with headline guests Lynda Barry, Jules Feiffer, Charles Burns, Raina Telgemeier, Drew Friedman. Eleanor Davis, Mimi Pond and John Porcellino, many of whom will also join in other panel discussions.

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