University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Nancy MacLean

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Nancy MacLean is an award-winning scholar of the twentieth-century. The author of "Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America," and four other books, including "Freedom is Not Enough". She is the William Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University, she lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Finalist for the 2017 National Book Award

"Democracy in Chains"--MacLean constructs an erudite searing portrait of how the late political economist James McGill Buchanan (1919 - 2013) and his deep-pocketed conservative allies have reshaped --and undermined--American democracy. . . . A thoroughly researched and gripping narrative, she exposes how Buchanan's strategies shaped trends in government in favor of "corporate dominance" and against the welfare state. . . . She has delivered another deeply important book. . . . Her work here is a feat of American intellectual and political history."
--Publisher's Weekly(starred review)

Scheduled events:
National Book Award Authors
Meet five National Book Award finalists. The National Book Awards are a set of annual U.S. literary awards that began in 1950. It is one of the most prestigious and literary awards. Beth Harrison from the National Book Award will be here to introduce the finalists. Assistive listening devices available.

Modern Languages Room 350 (Seats 318, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 11, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Lisa Ko, Min Jin Lee, Nancy MacLean, Erika Sánchez
Moderator: Beth Harrison
Democracy in Chains
Is our democracy still committed to social responsibility and egalitarian values? Have the rules of democratic governance been permanently altered? Is there a resolution to today's confrontational politics? Assistive listening devices available.

Student Union Gallagher Theater (Seats 340)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 11, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Joshua Green, David Cay Johnston, Nancy MacLean
Moderator: Tim Steller

Democracy in Chains
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
June 2017
ISBN 9781101980965
368 pages
$28.00, INSTORE
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"Focusing on Nobel Prize-winning economist James McGill Buchanan (1919-2013), whom Charles Koch funded and championed, MacLean elaborates on [what he sees as] the Koch brothers' insidious, dangerous manipulation of American politics. More/less

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