We are proud to present an intriguing conversation
between Craig McNamara and David Talbot in collaboration with Litquake 2022.  

Because Our Fathers Lied:
Craig McNamara with David Talbot

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October 15, 2022

General: $20
Student/Senior: $15

If any question why we died tell them because our fathers lied. —Rudyard Kipling

Craig McNamara is the son of Robert McNamara, who was John F. Kennedy's Secretary of Defense and the architect of the Vietnam War.  His recent book, Because Our Fathers Lied: A Memoir of Truth and Family, from Vietnam to Today, has been described as “courageous and devastating” by filmmaker Ken Burns, and “staggering” by The Washington Post. Vietnam veteran and author Ron Kovic calls it "an important book that should be read by every American.”   In it, McNamara writes about growing up in his father’s shadow during the political tumult of the 1960s, participating in protests even as his father was championing American aggression in Southeast Asia. McNamara will be in conversation with New York Times-bestselling journalist and historian David Talbot, author of Season of the Witch and Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years.

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Craig McNamara is a farmer who cofounded Sierra Orchards in Winters, CA. He is the founder of the Center for Land-Based Learning, a nonprofit whose mission is to educate future generations of farmers, agricultural leaders, and natural resource stewards. He has served as president of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture, and on the UC President's Advisory Commission, the UC Davis Dean's Advisory Council, American Farmland Trust, Menus of Change, Roots of Change, and many other organizations. Craig is a board member or adviser to the Edible Schoolyard Project, Farm to School, Coro Fellows, Project REGEN, and Project RENEW Vietnam, and on the leadership council of the Public Policy Institute of California.

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David Talbot is an author, journalist, and media entrepreneur. His books include The New York Times bestsellers The Devil’s Chessboard and Brothers, as well as the national bestseller Season of the Witch, and a recent memoir,Between Heaven and Hell. He recently co-authored, with his sister Margaret Talbot (a New Yorker staff writer), By the Light of Burning Dreams: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the Second American Revolution. Talbot founded Salon, the pioneering online magazine, which he oversaw for its first ten years. His articles have appeared in The New Yorker, Time, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian and elsewhere.

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