Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Didn't President Jimmy Carter look like a bumbling fool during the 444 days in which a group of Americans were held hostage in Iran? And didn't Ronald Reagan come off as a great diplomat when those hostages were released on the day of his 1980 inauguration? Wait -- you don't think this coincidence was somehow planned, do you? With his new book, The Crisis: The President, the Prophet, and the Shah, anti-war activist and former Rolling Stone contributor David Harris presents a compelling autopsy of the era's events, politics, and dirty backroom dealings by combining accounts from scores of insiders, including CIA agents, White House staffers, Iranian dissidents, and the hostages themselves. Harris discusses his work at 7 p.m. at City Lights, 261 Columbus (at Broadway), S.F. Admission is free; call 362-8193 or visit www.citylights.com.
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