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Virtual Event – Sarah Chayes
August 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Magic City Books is proud to welcome Sarah Chayes for a virtual author event in celebration of her new book, On Corruption in America: And What is at Stake. Chayes is a prizewinning journalist, and internationally recognized expert on corruption in government networks throughout the world. On Corruption in America is a major, unflinching book that looks homeward to America, exploring the insidious, dangerous networks of corruption of our past, present and precarious future.
This free event will be hosted on the Zoom platform. To register in advance click here: https://magiccitybooks.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hg6oV1Q8QPW_a868AgN_9A
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event on Thursday, August 20 at 7:00 CDT.
On Corruption in America is available to pre-order now (publication date is August 11) at Magic City Books or online here: https://magiccitybooks.square.site/product/on-corruption-in-america/172
About On Corruption in America:
Now, bringing to bear all of her knowledge, grasp, sense of history and observation, Sarah Chayes writes in her new book , that the United States is showing signs similar to some of the most corrupt countries in the world. Corruption, as Chayes sees it, is an operating system of sophisticated networks in which government officials, key private-sector interests, and out-and-out criminals interweave. Their main objective: not to serve the public but to maximize returns for network members.
From the titans of America’s Gilded Age (Carnegie, Rockefeller, J. P. Morgan, et al.) to the collapse of the stock market in 1929, the Great Depression and FDR’s New Deal; from Joe Kennedy’s years of banking, bootlegging, machine politics, and pursuit of infinite wealth, as well as the Kennedy presidency, to the deregulation of the Reagan Revolution, undermining the middle class and the unions; from the Clinton policies of political favors and personal enrichment to Trump’s hydra-headed network of corruption, systematically undoing the Constitution and our laws, Chayes shows how corrupt systems are organized, how they enforce the rules so their crimes are covered legally, how they are overlooked and downplayed–shrugged off with a roll of the eyes–by the richer and better educated, how they become an overt principle determining the shape of our government, affecting all levels of society.
SARAH CHAYES has served as special assistant on corruption to Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as having advised David McKiernan and Stanley McChrystal (commanders of the International Security Assistant Force). She has been a reporter for National Public Radio from Paris, covering Europe and the Balkans. Chayes is the author of The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban and Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security, winner of the 2016 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She lives in Paw Paw, West Virginia.