Lecture and book signing with New York Times best-selling author P.J. O’Rourke on his latest book, The Baby Boom: How it Got That Way… And It Wasn’t My Fault… And I’ll Never Do It Again (Publish Date: January 7, 2014).
P.J. O’Rourke began writing funny things in 1960s “underground” newspapers, became editor-in-chief of National Lampoon, then spent 20 years reporting for Rolling Stone and The Atlantic Monthly as the world’s only trouble spot humorist, going to wars, riots, rebellions, and other “Holidays in Hell” in more than 40 countries.
Now O’Rourke, born at the peak of the Baby Boom, turns his keen eye on himself and his 75 million accomplices in making America what it is today. With laughter as an analytical tool, he uses his own very average, if sometimes uproarious experiences as a key to his exceptional age cohort. He writes about the way the post-war generation somehow came of age by never quite growing up and created a better society by turning society upside down.
The Baby Boom is at once a social history, a group memoir of collectively impaired memory, a hilarious attempt to understand his generation’s messy hilarity, and a celebration of the mess the Baby Boom has made.
To honor President Ronald Reagan on the anniversary of his birthday, the President of the United States has designated that a program be held at President Reagan’s Memorial Site at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library each year.
Brigadier General John W. Bullard, Jr., Commanding General at United States Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, conducted the ceremony, which commenced at 11:30 a.m. with a music prelude beginning at 11:00 a.m. by the Camp Pendleton Marine Division Band. The ceremony includes a color guard, chaplain, a brass quintet, a 21-gun salute, a flyover, the placing of an official White House wreath on President Reagan’s gravesite and keynote remarks by The Honorable William Bennett. The ceremony will be held outdoors at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Just prior to the birthday activities, Dr. Bennett signed copies of his new book, Is College Worth It? A Former United States Secretary of Education and a Liberal Arts Graduate Expose the Broken Promise of Higher Education.
The ceremony at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, located at 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, California 93065.
Lecture with New York Times bestselling
authors Newt and Callista Gingrich. Speaker
Gingrich was here to discuss and sign copies of his
latest book, Breakout: Pioneers of the Future, Prison
Guards of the Past, and the Epic Battle That Will Decide America’s Fate
(Publish Date: November 4, 2013). During the book signing with Speaker
Gingrich, Callista Gingrich will also sign copies of her latest Ellis the
Elephant book, Yankee Doodle Dandy (Publish Date: October 7, 2013).
In Breakout, Newt Gingrich sounds a clarion call for all Americans to reject
the disastrous cycle of entrenched bureaucracy and politics as usual that
has imprisoned Americans and American ingenuity. The “regulate-restrictdestroy”
mentality of too many politicians, lobbyists, special interest
groups, unions, and bureaucrats is stifling historic leaps in human wellbeing.
Gingrich calls on all citizens to support the American pioneers and
“breakout champions” who are willing to put politics aside and challenge
the “prison guards of the past.”
In Yankee Doodle Dandy, Callista Gingrich has Ellis the Elephant diving
back into history, teaching kids (and parents!) about the American
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Lecture and book signing with former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Dr. Gates was here to discuss and sign copies of his new memoir, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War (Publish Date: January 14, 2014), a strikingly candid, vividly written account of his experience serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In Duty, Dr. Gates takes us behind the scenes of his nearly five years as a secretary at war: the battles with Congress, the two presidents he served, the military itself, and the vast Pentagon bureaucracy; his efforts to help Bush turn the tide in Iraq; his role as a guiding, and often dissenting, voice for Obama; the ardent devotion to and love for American soldiers—his “heroes”—he developed on the job.
Robert Gates served as secretary of defense from 2006 to 2011. He also served as an officer in the United States Air Force and worked for the Central Intelligence Agency before being appointed director of the agency by President George H. W. Bush. He was a member of the National Security Council staff in four administrations and served eight presidents of both political parties, including as Deputy Director of Central Intelligence for President Reagan.
Click here to purchase your copy of Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War .
(photo credit Katie Cherry)
The second in our “Spy Series” programming is a lecture and book signing with best-selling thriller author Ben Coes on his latest book, Eye for an Eye.
In Eye for an Eye, Dewey Andreas uncovers the identity of a mole embedded at a high level in Israel’s Mossad, triggering a larger, more dangerous plot. The mole was the most important asset of Chinese Intelligence, and Fao Bhang, head of China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS), responds to the discovery and brutal elimination of the mole, by immediately placing a kill order on the man responsible—Dewey Andreas.
Ben Coes began his career in the public sector, working at the White House under President Ronald Reagan and President George H.W. Bush, serving as a White House-appointed speechwriter to the U.S. Secretary of Energy at the height of the Gulf War. Coes subsequently wrote speeches for Texas oilman billionaire T. Boone Pickens. Coes served as campaign manager for Mitt Romney’s successful run for Governor of Massachusetts and was subsequently invited to be a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Ben is a graduate of Columbia College, where he won the prestigious Bennett Cerf Memorial Prize for Fiction during his senior year. He is now the author of the bestselling thrillers featuring Dewey Andreas which include the critically acclaimed Power Down, Coup D’Etat, The Last Refuge, and Eye for an Eye. Ben lives in the Boston area with his wife and four children.