Baker, Schanberg, Margolick on Bush, Obama

06/08/2010 08:57 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Do you get a sinking feeling about the things that remain the same, irrespective of who is in the White House? You're not imagining things. The elephant in the room these days, the thing that never seems to get discussed in the big media, is why we can't seem to get a grip on our democracy. Why, no matter who we elect or what we say we want, the same interests seem to be able to game the system.

As the saying goes, "Discuss." I hope you will consider joining me, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Sydney Schanberg ("The Killing Fields") and David Margolick (Newsweek, Vanity Fair, NY Times) for a reading from my book Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America's Invisible Government and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years -- and exploration of how the Bush apparatus is part of a longer-playing power phenomenon that trumps reform in the Obama era.

We'll have a conversation and extensive q&a and can talk about oil companies, the military, contractors, CIA, never-ending war, a financial system that continually screws the small person, environmental catastrophe, and more. And a bit about how educating ourselves in the big picture is the beginning of fixing things.

This Wednesday, June 9, 7pm, at NYU's new bookstore, 726 Broadway, just below Astor Place, in Manhattan.