Robert Brigham| Reckless: Henry Kissinger and the Tragedy of Vietnam
Saturday September 22 | 12:00PM - 1:00PM
About the book:
Using newly available archival material from the Nixon Presidential Library, Kissinger's personal papers, and material from the archives in Vietnam, Robert K. Brigham punctures the myth of Kissinger as an infallible mastermind. Instead, he constructs a portrait of a rash, opportunistic, and suggestible politician. It was personal political rivalries, the domestic political climate, and strategic confusion that drove Kissinger's actions. There was no great master plan or Bismarckian theory that supported how the US continued the war or conducted peace negotiations. Its length was doubled for nothing but the ego and poor judgment of a single figure.
This distant tragedy, perpetuated by Kissinger's actions, forever changed both countries. Now, perhaps for the first time, we can see the full scale of that tragedy and the machinations that fed it.
Join us upstairs at Merritt Bookstore with author Robert Brigham for a discussion of this fascinating topic with opportunities to ask questions and get your books signed!
About the Author:
Robert. K. Brigham is the Shirley Ecker Boskey Professor of history and international relations at Vassar College. He is a specialist on the history of US foreign policy. His fellowships include the Rockefeller Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for Humanities. Heis author or co-author of nine books, among them Iraq, Vietnam, and the Limits of American Power and Argument without End.
"One of the most compelling elements of the book is Brigham's portrayal of Kissinger's manipulation of an emotionally insecure Nixon. The president often responded by expressing doubts about Kissinger's methods, but he did Kissinger's bidding more often than not out of desperation to win over the American electorate during the 1972 election cycle." Kirkus Reviews
Local Author Walter Keady | Book Reading & Signing
Saturday September 29 | 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Join us as local author Walter Keady reads from his latest novel:
THE PRIESTS OF CRANMORE
ABOUT THE BOOK
This is a dark, but exciting, story of the goings-on in a modern Irish rural parish. At its center is the tale of a pedophile priest who has been transferred by his bishop when his crimes catch up with him. It is also the story of one of that priest’s victims who, thwarted in her quest for justice from the bishop, appeals to the state, and eventually finds it. The iniquities of the priest reverberate through the parish of Cranmore and his successor parish priest, the diocese of Kingsford, and the whole of Ireland.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Walter Keady is a former Catholic priest who was born in Castlebar, County Mayo and grew up on a farm. He was employed in the Irish Civil Service before studying for the priesthood. After graduating from University College, Dublin, he studied theology at Holy Ghost Missionary College, Kimmage, and was ordained. He served as a missionary in Brazil for several years before resigning the priesthood. Then he went to the United States, where he qualified as a software engineer with IBM. After retiring from IBM he took up writing. To date he has published five novels in the genre of literary fiction, a memoir, and a collection of short stories. He has also written two plays, two screenplays, and three more novels, all of which have yet to be published. He lives in New York with his wife Jennifer.
NYC EVENT | The Mind of the Leader
Tuesday October 09 | 6:00PM - 8:00PM
860 Washington St
New York, NY 10014
Ticket Price: $21.83
Study after study shows that employees are more disengaged and uninspired than ever. The solution lies not in more management training or fun off-sites, but in looking within—into the mind of the leader.
Based on their decades of research and practice, Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter have found that three qualities stand out as being foundational for leaders today: mindfulness, selflessness, and compassion. Together, they are the authors of The Mind of the Leader: How to Lead Yourself, Your People, and Your Organization for Extraordinary Results.
Join Jacqueline Carter as she discusses her book with James Gimian, the Executive Director for the Foundation for a Mindful Society, and shares how mindfulness, selflessness, and compassion are the secret to better performance at work, and how leaders at any level and in any role can put them into practice daily. There will be a reception and book sales and signing after the event.
This event is presented by the Garrison Institute, Mindful magazine, and Potential Project.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Jacqueline Carter is an International Partner and North American Director for Potential Project. She has over twenty years of experience working with organizations around the globe to enhance effectiveness and improve performance.
James Gimian is the Executive Director of the Foundation for a Mindful Society, which publishes Mindful magazine and Mindful.org. He’s been active as a writer, teacher, and community builder in the mindfulness world for over 25 years.
Join us and local author Thomas Keesee for a conversation about his new book, Borne on a Summer Wind, a coming of age "road trip" tale about traveling through France in the early 1970s. We will talk about the story as well as what goes into making a novel. An interesting panel discussion including the cover artist, Mita Corsini Bland, and the book designer, Giorgio Baravalle, rounds out the picture of how to bring a book into being. For anyone who loves France, French food and wine, travel stories, or who is interested in publishing a book- this is for you!
Join author Jeremy Jackson at the Cary Institute for a book talk on his newest:
Breakpoint: Reckoning with America’s Environmental Crisis
2801 Sharon Turnpike (Route 44)
Millbrook, NY 12545
ABOUT THE BOOK
An insightful look at the American environmental crisis and emerging solutions from the heartland to the coasts in the era of global climate change.
Eminent ecologist Jeremy B. C. Jackson and award-winning journalist Steve Chapple traveled the length of the Mississippi River interviewing farmers, fishermen, scientists, and policymakers to better understand the mounting environmental problems ravaging the United States. Along their journey, which quickly expands to California, Florida, and New York, the pair uncovered surprising and profound connections between ecological systems and environmental crises across the country. Artfully weaving together independent research and engaging storytelling, Jackson and Chapple examine the looming threats from recent hurricanes and fires, industrial agriculture, river mismanagement, extreme weather events, drought, and rising sea levels that are pushing the country toward the breaking point of ecological and economic collapse.
Yet, despite these challenges, the authors provide optimistic and practical solutions for addressing these multidimensional issues to achieve greater environmental stability, human well‑being, and future economic prosperity. With a passionate call to action, they look hopefully toward emerging and achievable solutions to preserve the country’s future.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jeremy B. C. Jackson is an emeritus professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and senior scientist emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution.
Steve Chapple is an award‑winning author and writer of the national newspaper column Intellectual Capital. His previous books include Kayaking the Full Moon and Let the Mountains Talk, Let the Rivers Run.
Ogre Enchanted with Gail Carson Levine
Saturday October 27 | 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Join us for a visit from the acclaimed author of Ella Enchanted, Gail Carson Levine, as she brings us her newest book, Ogre Enchanted.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Set in the world of the Newbery Honor-winning Ella Enchanted, this tale by beloved author Gail Carson Levine stars a clever heroine who is determined to defy expectations—and outwit a fairy’s curse.
Evie is happiest when she is healing people, diagnosing symptoms and prescribing medications, with the help of her devoted friend (and test subject) Wormy. So when Wormy unexpectedly proposes to her, she kindly turns him down; she has far too much to do to be marrying anyone. And besides, she simply isn’t in love with him.
But a certain meddling fairy named Lucinda has been listening in, and she doesn’t approve of Evie’s rejection. Suddenly, Evie finds herself transformed from a girl into a hideous, hungry ogre!
Stuck in this new and confusing form, Evie now has only sixty-two days to accept another proposal—or else be stuck as an ogre forever.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gail Carson Levine's first book for children, Ella Enchanted, was a Newbery Honor Book. Levine's other books include Ever, a New York Times bestseller; Fairest, a Best Book of the Year for Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal, and a New York Times bestseller; Dave at Night, an ALA Notable Book and Best Book for Young Adults; The Wish; The Two Princesses of Bamarre; A Tale of Two Castles; and the six Princess Tales books. She is also the author of the nonfiction books Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly and Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink, as well as the picture books Betsy Who Cried Wolf and Betsy Red Hoodie. Gail Carson Levine and her husband, David, live in a two-centuries-old farmhouse in the Hudson Valley of New York State.