By Helen Fessenden - 09/13/07 05:58 PM EDT
•Leslie Sanchez, Los Republicanos: Why Hispanics and Republicans Need Each Other. Hispanics are natural Republicans — pro-business, religious and culturally conservative — argues Sanchez. A marketing expert and widely known pundit, she contends that the GOP can still make inroads into this growing constituency and make the case that Democrats have failed them. 7 p.m., Olsson’s at Arlington/Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. (703) 525-4227.
•Robert B. Reich, Supercapitalism: The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and Everyday Life. A Friend of Bill, former Cabinet official, and prolific author, Reich believes that “supercapitalism” can coexist with democracy — but only if it is managed so that citizens feel they have a stake in politics again. Among other ideas, he calls for consumers to take the mantle of responsible capitalism from the corporations. 7 p.m., Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. (202) 364-1919.
•John W. Dean, Broken Government: How Republican Rule Destroyed the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches. Watergate whistle-blower Dean pulls no punches in his latest anti-Bush critique. This time, he makes a sweeping indictment across government, from the formerly GOP-controlled Congress to judicial appointments to the Republican political apparatus, to argue that corruption is systemic. 7 p.m., Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. (202) 364-1919.
•Matt Bai, The Argument: Billionaires, Bloggers, and the Battle to Remake Democratic Politics. Democrats will likely not take to Bai’s book, but it could well spark a lively debate. He asks whether the party’s billionaire backers like George Soros, as well as “netroots” activists and the liberal blogosphere, have weakened the party’s organization and mission — the 2006 electoral success notwithstanding. 6 p.m., Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. (202) 364-1919.
•Josh Rushing, Mission Al Jazeera: Build a Bridge, Seek the Truth, Change the World. A former Marine and Pentagon press officer, Rushing took a job with Al Jazeera International when it set up shop in Washington. He argues that the United States would have greater diplomatic success in the Middle East if it tried to engage media opinion-makers like Al Jazeera more forcefully. 2 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Drive, Rockville, Md. (301) 762-7666.
Compiled by Helen Fessenden. Future book events may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.