Jun. 12, 2008  

SPJ South Florida Chapter Hosts New York Times Bestselling Author David Sirota

David Sirota, a nationally syndicated columnist, joins the South Florida chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for an evening of discussion, insight and a reading of his latest New York Times Bestseller: The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street & Washington (Crown Publishers, May 2008).

The event will be held at Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave.,
Coral Gables on July 25 at 8 p.m.

Sirota takes us on a year-long journey across the nation chronicling the rise of a new populist uprising fueled by seething discontent of both the Right and Left. A movement, which threatens to determine the outcome of the 2008 presidential campaign while casting a foreboding shadow on national politics.

Sirota provides front row seats into the anger and the populist movement it is creating, with a sneak peak into behind-the-scenes meetings on Capitol Hill, an anti-war march with appearances by Jane Fonda and Sean Penn, an ExxonMobil stockholder meeting in Dallas and the dusty campsite of the California Minutemen guarding the U.S.-Mexico border.  Publishers Weekly says Sirota “weaves entertaining case studies, keeping his tone conversational, the narrative fast-paced and the content accessible,” adding that “this book presents a rousing account of the local uprisings already in effect.”

The Uprising traces the historical roots of populism, from its start in the rural West and South, through its peak during the Saul Alinsky era, all the way to the present. It also explores the ongoing efforts to thwart it, including a close look at the Democratic Party’s construction of the “superdelegate” system now playing a key role in the presidential campaign. The Uprising features exclusive reporting on icons across the political spectrum, from CNN’s Lou Dobbs, to Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, to ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillorsen to Senate candidate Ned Lamont.

Sirota, author of New York Times bestseller Hostile Takeover (2006), has been hailed by the American Prospect as the kind of reporter “you’d like to have on your side in a knife fight and wouldn’t want to cross in a dark alley.” He is a frequent guest on several national news programs, including CNN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight, Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, and MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann.

Join SPJ and Sirota to discover why Molly Ivins hailed Sirota as “a new-generation populist who instinctively understands that the only real questions are ‘Who’s getting screwed’ and ‘Who’s doing the screwing?’”

SPJ, the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, works to promote the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; inspires and educates the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press

For more information about this event, contact Sergy Odiduro at (786) 444-8830 or visit www.spjsofla.net.

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