I highly recommend this video of authors discussing their highly controversial books to those who think “conspiracy theory” is about Sasquatch and other kooky nonsense. And I highly recommend Doug Valentine‘s well sourced book on the Vietnam war, The Phoenix Program. I’m looking forward to reading more of his books!
Bringing Disappeared Books Back To Life!
Forbidden Bookshelf: Bringing Disappeared Books Back to Life is dedicated to making available important out of print works—either forgotten or killed at birth, because their authors dared investigate the darkest trends and episodes in US history. Forbidden Bookshelf editor and NYU professor Mark Crispin Miller is joined by Forbidden Bookshelf authors Douglas Valentine, author of The The Phoenix Program: America’s Use of Terror In Vietnam; Kati Marton, author of The Polk Conspiracy: Murder and Cover-Up in the Case of CBS News Correspondent George Polk; and Peter Kwong, who has written a new introduction to Robert Fitch’s The Assassination of New York.
Douglas Valentine is the author of four books of historical nonfiction: The Hotel Tacloban,The Phoenix Program, The Strength of the Wolf: The Secret History of America’s War on Drugs, and The Strength of the Pack: The Personalities, Politics and Espionage Intrigues that Shaped the DEA. He is the author of the novel TDY, and a book of poems, A Crow’s Dream. He is also the editor of the poetry anthology With Our Eyes Wide Open: Poems of the New American Century (West End Press, 2014). He lives with his wife, Alice, in Massachusetts.
Kati Marton is an award-winning former correspondent for NPR and ABC News. She is the author of eight books, the most recent of which is the New York Times-bestselling memoir Paris: A Love Story. Enemies of the People: My Family’s Journey to America was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. Her other works include The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World, Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages That Shaped Our History, Wallenberg, A Death in Jerusalem, and a novel, An American Woman. Marton lives in New York City.
Peter Kwong is Distinguished Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College, as well as Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is a pioneer in Asian American studies, a leading scholar of immigration, and an award-winning journalist and filmmaker, widely recognized for his passionate commitment to human rights and social justice. As a scholar, he is best known for his work on Chinese Americans and on modern Chinese politics. His books include Chinese America: The Untold Story of America’s Oldest New Community and Chinese Americans: An Immigrant Experience, co-authored with his wife, Chinese historian Dusanka Miscevic. His other books include Forbidden Workers: Chinese Illegal Immigrants and American Labor (selected by Barnes and Noble as one of the Ten Best Nonfiction Books of 1998), The New Chinatown, and Chinatown, New York: Labor and Politics 1930-1950.He is a frequent contributor to The Nation, the International Herald Tribune, the Globe and Mail, Village Voice and other major English language publications. His exposés of Chinese drug syndicates and Los Angeles racial riots have been nominated for Pulitzer Prize. Kwong is also a documentary filmmaker, most recently a co-producer of Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province for HBO, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2010. As an activist, he speaks regularly to the media on immigrant and labor issues and was named as “one of the 100 Most Influential Asian Americans of the Decade” by A Magazine.
Mark Crispin Miller is a professor of media studies at NYU and an accomplished author of several books, from Boxed In: The Culture of TV (1988) and Seeing Through Movies (1990) to his more recent works on politics, including The Bush Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder and Fooled Again: The Real Case for Electoral Reform. He has also written many articles for newspapers and journals, including four op-eds in the New York Times, as well as many pieces in the Nation, the New Republic,and the New York Review of Books, and articles for Harper’s,the Atlantic, Mother Jones, Esquire, and the Wall Street Journal. Through his blog, News from Underground, he is also an influential presence on the web.
Event at McNally Jackson Bookstore in Manhattan, November 6, 2014.
Video by Joe Friendly