The panel discussion is being sponsored by Greater Greater Washington; I’d like to give a particular nod to contributor John Muller, who came up with the idea and made it happen.
Much has changed in the city since the book’s publication. Crime is down, population is up, the Green Line is complete. But much has not. Council members and the mayor are under federal investigation, communities east of the river suffer from rates of structural unemployment that are the highest in the country, and issues of race and class often polarize neighborhoods, schools, and development.
Since its publication by Simon & Schuster, the book has grown in stature and become a must read (or re-read) for lay citizens, members of the press corps, and local politicians, many whom cite the book as their favorite book on the city.
It’s certainly one of my favorites.
Harry and Tom, of course, still cover city politics — Harry for the Examiner and Washingtonian; Tom for WRC-TV. But we’re interested in hearing a variety of people talk about the book, the events it chronicles and what it has to say about the current state of city politics.
Do join us at 7 p.m. on Oct. 17 at the Watha T. Daniel Library, at 1630 7th St. NW, in Shaw.