In the last column “To the Library”, I mentioned that I had finished reading “Peril”, Bob Woodward and Robert Costa’s portrayal of President Donald Trump’s plans to block the peaceful transition of power following the victory of President-elect Joe. Biden last November.
As a teaser, I mentioned the heavy use of profanity that Woodward and Costa attributed to many people in the Trump administration, particularly President Trump, which the authors included in direct quotes throughout. ” Peril “.
In addition to page after page containing Trump’s F-bombs, many other examples of F-bombs and indecent expressions have been provided by General Colin Powell, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Marc Milley.
These glimpses in “Peril” of everyday life in Trump’s circle after his electoral defeat made the salty language and stories for which President Lyndon Johnson and Nixon were famous seem tame in comparison.
Of all the members of President Trump’s cabinet, lawyers, intimidated politicians and business associates highlighted in “Peril,” one stood out as a truly decent government official doing his job. better to please its president while protecting the constitution. Woodward and Costa have never caught Vice President Mike Pence throwing F-bombs, never instinctively captured him engaged in objectionable speech.
I also promised to provide a brief review of “Peril,” Woodward’s second revealing account of a chairman’s messy departure from office, the first being the double-punch of “All the President’s Men” and “The Last Days,” in which, forty-five years earlier, he and Carl Bernstein recounted President Richard Nixon’s journey to resignation and a one-way flight to San Clemente, Calif.
These two journalistic books, especially “All the President’s Men,” still define the Watergate scandal and the subsequent collapse of Nixon’s presidency. With the publication of “Peril,” Woodward and Costa likely wrote what will do for our understanding of Trump’s political collapse what he and Bernstein did for the public’s understanding of Nixon’s fall.
“Peril” was added to the library’s collection earlier this month.
The World of Haystack Rock Library Lecture Series will sponsor Bobby Hayden and Jazmin Dagostino of the Pew Charitable Trusts to speak on “Oregon’s Blue Carbon Policy: Where We Are and What’s Next?” »On Facebook Live @Friends of Haystack Rock, Wednesday, November 10 at 7 pm
Oregon recently positioned itself as a national and international leader on blue carbon when the Oregon Commission on Global Warming adopted the first natural and working lands proposal that recommends incorporating blue carbon into state climate objectives and strategies.
Groups in Oregon have called on the Commission to focus on blue carbon, and the Pew Charitable Trusts have played a key role in bringing together scientists and data analysts on the proposal.
Prior to joining Pew Charitable Trusts, Hayden worked at Clmate Solutions to engage new audiences for climate and clean energy campaigns in the Northwest. He was also the national representative of the Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition, mobilizing support to restore the Columbia-Snake River basin.
Dagostino works to take advantage of accounting for blue carbon in state greenhouse gas inventories to increase protection of coastal and marine habitats along the western and eastern coasts of the United States. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from the University of Hawaii, Manoa.
While in Hawaii, Dagostino conducted research on intertidal communities and squid at the Kewalo Basin Marine Laboratory and our Hawaii Intertidal Project (OPIHI). She volunteered at the Waikiki Aquarium.
The library’s Northwest Authors series will feature novelist Deborah Reed, on FacebookLive, on Saturday, November 13 at 2 p.m. ET. www.facebook.com/cannonbeachlibrary/ (click on the articles).
Reed has published seven novels, most recently “Pale Morning Light with Violet Swan” and “The Days When Birds Come Back” via Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Previous novels include “Olivay”, “The Things We Set On Fire” and “Carry Yourself Back to Me”.
“Pale Morning Light with Violet Swan” tells the story of a young girl who escaped rural Georgia at age fourteen during World War II, crossed the country and met her devoted husband. She became a famous artist and lived her life on the Oregon coast as she imagined it: her greatest masterpiece.
In “The Days When Birds Come Back”, June is divorced, in transition, trying to stay sober and stuck in her career when she returns to her native Oregon. She must decide what to do with her grandparents’ cedar-shingled coastal home that has memories of her childhood.
Jameson, a carpenter, arrives to renovate the house for sale. He and June, both dragging the baggage of weddings, feel a connection that leads to the rebuilding of lives and the possibilities of coming home.
Reed holds a BA from Oregon State University and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of the Pacific. She has taught novel writing at the Hellenic American University in Athens, Greece, and at the UCLA Extension Program in Los Angeles. Previously, she was Co-Director of the Black Forest Writing Seminars at Albert-Ludwig University in Freiburg, Germany.
She divides her time between Berlin and the Oregon coast. A growing author from Oregon, Reed lives in Manzanita, where she also owns and operates the Cloud & Leaf bookstore.
Lila Wickham to lead members of Cannon Beach Reads in a Zoom discussion on “How to Educate a Citizen: The Power of Shared Knowledge to Unite a Nation” by ED Hirsch, Jr. on Wednesday November 17 at 7:00 PM
Hirsch, professor of English at Yale and later of Humanities and English at the University of Virginia, became a controversial figure in the late 1980s and 1990s after publishing “Cultural Literacy” in 1988. containing a list of 5,000 cultural products that all educated citizens should know. and appreciate so that they can talk to each other and bind the nation together. Hirsch, a socialist, was viewed by liberal educators as an authoritarian elitist.
Cannon Beach Reads is open to anyone interested in reading important books. To join this library reading group, contact Joe Bernt at [email protected]