Daniel Ellsberg - The Doomsday Machine (Corte Madera)

Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 7:00pm

At the same time former presidential advisor Daniel Ellsberg famously took the top-secret Pentagon Papers, he also took with him a chilling cache of top secret documents related to America's nuclear program in the 1960s. Here for the first time he reveals the contents of those documents, and makes clear their shocking relevance for today.

The Doomsday Machine is Ellsberg's hair-raising insider's account of the most dangerous arms buildup in the history of civilization, whose legacy -- and renewal under the Obama administration -- threatens the very survival of humanity. It is scarcely possible to estimate the true dangers of our present nuclear policies without penetrating the secret realities of the nuclear strategy of the late Eisenhower and early Kennedy years, when Ellsberg had high-level access to them. No other insider has written so candidly of that long-classified history, and nothing has fundamentally changed since that era. Ellsberg's analysis of recent research on nuclear winter shows that even a "small" nuclear exchange would cause billions of deaths by global nuclear famine.

Ellsberg, in the end, offers steps we can take under a new administration to avoid nuclear catastrophe. Framed as a memoir, this gripping expose reads like a thriller with cloak-and-dagger intrigue, placing Ellsberg back in his natural role as whistle-blower. It is a real-life Dr. Strangelove story, but an ultimately hopeful -- and powerfully important -- book.

In 1961, Daniel Ellsberg, a consultant to the Department of Defense and the White House, drafted Secretary Robert McNamara's plans for nuclear war. Later he leaked the Pentagon Papers. He lectures and writes on the dangers of the nuclear era and the need for whistle-blowing. A Senior Fellow of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Ellsberg is the author of Secrets and the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary The Most Dangerous Man in America. He is also a key figure in Steven Spielberg's upcoming film about the Pentagon Papers, The Papers, scheduled to be released in December 2017. He lives in Kensington, California, with his wife, Patricia.


The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner Cover Image
ISBN: 9781608196708
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - December 5th, 2017

Shortlisted for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction

From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness expose of the dangers of America's Top Secret, seventy-year-long nuclear policy that--chillingly--continues to this day.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Jenny Yancey & Dan Siegel - GoodWorld Journeys Info Night (Corte Madera)

Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 6:00pm

Featuring Book Passage Director of Events Karen West and a wine and cheese reception!

Join A 2018 Literary Travel Journey!

Want to gift yourself (or a special friend) the ultimate literary event for the New Year ahead? Looking for a transformative travel experience with master writers and artists that celebrate the reading & writing life?

Learn about these dream trips from Jenny Yancey and Dan Siegel, co-founders of GoodWorld Journeys, Book Passage’s travel partner offering one-of- a-kind reading, writing craft conversation Salons. 2018 Journeys take place on the idyllic Greek island of Patmos, the windswept Scottish isle of Iona, and the artful Mexican high desert town of San Miguel de Allende.

Among the 2018 Salons to be previewed at this event will be Greek Island Dream Story Dance Party (July 9-19th ) on the isle of Patmos co-led by cult fiction star George Saunders (Lincoln in the Bardo, Tenth of December) and memoir master Mary Karr (The Liar’s Club, The Art of Memoir). The Salon will explore the art and craft of memoir, the personal essay and the short story.

Learn more at www.goodworldjourneys.com. A $100 trip discount is available to Book Passage readers. Journey spaces limited.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Hamid Emami - Beginning German (Corte Madera)

Friday, January 5, 2018 - 9:00am

Eight Fridays; Jan. 5 - Feb. 23 • 9:00 - 11:00 am • $250

This class is for beginners and those who have previously had some exposure to German. You'll learn greetings, introductions, carrying on a simple conversation, basic grammar, and proper pronunciation.

Hamid Emami has a master's degree from the University of Hamburg, and is fluent in German, English, French, Spanish, and Farsi. He has taught German for many years.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - The Image of Woman in Western Art: From Antiquity to Degas (Corte Madera)

Friday, January 5, 2018 - 1:00pm

Three Fridays; Jan. 5, 12 & 19 • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $105

Examine how artists, mostly male, developed an image of the "other": how the social and religious milieu as well as contemporary literature influenced their choices. With Eve's Expulsion from Paradise on the one hand and the Virgin Enthroned as Queen of Heaven on the other, we see the evolution of images beginning with the fecund Earth Mother of Pre-History. What were the intentions of artists and their patrons when the goddesses of mythology emerge as seductive nudes?  We look at saints, mystics, martyrs and other models of female deportment as well as various attributes ascribed to the Virgin Mary in theological discussions as to her nature. We trace her image back to images of Artemis and meet some interesting women: Astarte, Cybele, Athena, the philosopher Hipatia, as well as warrior heroines: Semiramis, Cleopatra, and Hatshepsut. Salome, Delilah, Judith, and Danae kept artists glued to their easels, as did Saints, including Barbara, Catherine and the Mary Magdalen. One century's stoic heroine becomes a later century's Femme Fatale or object of voyeurism.  

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years, and she currently teaches for the OLLI programs at Dominican University and UC Berkeley. She leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Andrea Alban - Writers Tribe (Corte Madera)

Sunday, January 7, 2018 - 4:00pm

4 Sundays: Jan 7, Jan 21, Feb 4, & Feb 18 • 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm • $240

Polish your manuscript in a safe space built on respect and honesty.The focus is on rendering quintessential characters, vivid settings, page-turning plots, and snappy dialog. Andrea guides the group through a powerful revision process and self-editing mastery. Each writer receives a copy of Andrea’s popular mini-book: How to polish your words in 17 easy steps.

Andrea Alban is the author of nine books, including her debut teen novel ANYA’S WAR (an ALA honor book and shortlisted for China’s Panda Award), and bestseller THE HAPPINESS TREE. 

Andrea's Writer's Tribe is a safe and creative space to bring your work in progress. Andrea's skilled facilitation, keen literary eye, and delightful sense of humor make these Sunday afternoon gatherings the highlight of my week. Andrea is a writer's dream come true. Not only do you learn from the invaluable critiques of your own work, but her in-class critiques of your fellow writers' work are richly informative and insightful. I have queried, and had several interested responses for my novel and know that what I have learned in Andrea's Tribal circle has been in large part what I needed to get a foot in the door. 
—Nina Vincent

Thanks to Andrea and the Writer's Tribe, my story is polished and ready to go! Andrea's expertise and superb editing skills alone are worth the price of admission. Andrea guides the Tribe with profound wisdom and gentle humor. Class participants are supportive of one another, and we 'bonded" as a group. None of us wanted the class to end!
—Gailya Magdalena

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Graciela Pera - First Beginning Spanish (Corte Madera)

Monday, January 8, 2018 - 10:00am

Eight Mondays; Jan. 8 - Mar. 5 (no class Feb. 19) • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • $250

Graciela Pera was born in Buenos Aires. She is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires and has been teaching Spanish for over 35 years.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925