The Friends of APL host weekly book talks at the Main Library on Tuesdays at noon. These programs feature interesting book reviews, presentations by local authors, and lively discussions. Check out the August book talk schedule:
Book Review: “Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power” and “Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War”
In “Drift,” Rachel Maddow “remind[s] us of how far we have drifted from linking the sacrifices of our armed forces around the world to the citizens at home they so selflessly serve” according The Washington Post. Booklist called “Washington Rules,” by former Army colonel Andrew Bacevich, a “vivid and critical analysis of the assumptions behind the credo of global leadership and eternal military vigilance that has become increasingly expensive and unsustainable.” Both books are reviewed by Michael Breslin, West Point alumnus and former Albany County executive.
Book Review: “Enemies: A History of the FBI”
Author Tim Weiner covers the history of the FBI’s secret intelligence operations and details how US presidents have used the agency in the country’s century-old war on terror. Herbert Holland, US Army Reserve officer, reviews the book.
Book Review: “The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite”
Author David Kessler, former FDA commissioner, covers how the foods we crave most are hijacking our brain chemistry. Public health nutritionist Wilma Waithe reviews the book.
Book Review: “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism”
Written by Constitutional scholars Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein, the book explores the acrimony and hyper-partisanship pervasive in American government. They also offer ideas for reform. US Representative Paul Tonko reviews the work.