Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Thomas Powers' book on the Killing of Crazy Horse won the 2010 L.A.Times Book Award for History. I was totally awed by how good it was. The other runners up are here: http://events.latimes.com/bookprizes/previous-winners/year-2010/
While I was in L.A., I was able to attend some fascinating panels, and learned about some interesting books. These two were both really interesting:
The first one I attended was on "democracy and its discontents" with these three authors:
Scott Martelle - The Fear Within - http://www.scottmartelle.com/
Thaddeus Russell - A Renegade History of the United States - http://www.thaddeusrussell.com
Barry Siegel - Claim of Privilege - http://www.barry-siegel.com
I then attended a session on "the living constitution," which was an amazing discussion with Erwin Chemerinksy, Henry Weinstein and John Dean. I was so impressed by their commitment to civil liberties (yes, even John Dean) and what they had to say that I went up after the session to thank them and shake their hands. What a rare experience to be able to attend these sessions in real time.