Dan Kaufman - "Fall of Wisconsin" - Rick Perlstein

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Dan Kaufman

“Through the microcosm of one state Dan Kaufman does a masterful job explaining what’s happened to America, and why. It’s not a happy tale, but it’s an important one.”Jane Mayer, best-selling author of Dark Money

“Dan Kaufman, a native son, will take you deeper into this story than I would have thought possible. Tirelessly reported, full of heroes and their tormentors, it’s a devastating portrait of a beautiful, besieged state reeling into the Trump era.” —William Finnegan, best-selling author of Barbarian Days

Dan Kaufman discusses his book Fall of Wisconsin: the Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics. He will be joined in conversation by Rick Perlstein. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At the Co-op 

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About the book: The Fall of Wisconsin is a deeply reported, searing account of how the state’s progressive tradition was undone and turned into a model for national conservatives bent on remaking the country. Dan Kaufman, a Wisconsin native who has been covering the story for several years, traces the history of progressivism that made Wisconsin so widely admired, from the work of celebrated politicians like Robert "Fighting Bob" La Follette and Gaylord Nelson, to local traditions like Milwaukee’s “sewer socialism,” to the conservationist ideas of Aldo Leopold and the state’s Native American tribes. Kaufman reveals how the “divide-and-conquer” strategy of Governor Scott Walker and his allies pitted Wisconsin’s citizens against one another so powerful corporations and wealthy donors could effectively take control of state government. As a result, laws protecting voting rights, labor unions, the environment, and public education were rapidly dismantled.

About the author: Dan Kaufman has written for The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker. Originally from Wisconsin, he now lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.

About the interlocutor: Rick Perlstein is the author of three books: Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan, Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America, and Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus. He is currently working full time on finishing the fourth and final volume of my series on the rise of the right, to be entitled Reaganland.

Event Location: 
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S. Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60637