GO WEST Reading Series: Jon Wiener
HOW WE FORGOT THE COLD WAR
Date / Time:
Saturday, Nov 17, 2012, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Autry in Griffith Park
Museum Admission Rates Apply / Free for Autry Members
Hours after the USSR collapsed in 1991, Congress began making plans to establish the official memory of the Cold War. Conservatives dominated the proceedings, spending millions to portray the conflict as a triumph of good over evil and a defeat of totalitarianism equal in significance to World War II. In this provocative book, historian Jon Wiener visits Cold War monuments, museums, and memorials across the United States to find out how the era is being remembered. The author’s journey provides a history of the Cold War, one that turns many conventional notions on their heads.
Jon Wiener is a contributing editor to The Nation, a professor of history at UC Irvine, and host of an afternoon drive-time interview show on the WBAI radio in Los Angeles. He is the author of five other books, including Gimme Some Truth: The John Lennon FBI Files (UC Press), which recounts his experiences as a plaintiff in a Freedom of Information lawsuit against the FBI. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, the New Republic, and the Los Angeles Times, and he’s been a guest on NPR’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross, PBS American Masters, and CNN’s “State of the Nation” with Candy Crowley.
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