Joseph A. Califano, Jr. On His New Book, "Our Damaged Democracy"

Thursday, Mar 1, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Joseph A. Califano, Jr. discusses his new book, Our Damaged Democracy: We the People Must Act. This authoritative and passionate primer on the three branches of government reveals the changes—political, cultural, constitutional, technological, institutional—that render our government completely dysfunctional, and the urgent need to fix our democracy before it’s too late.

Interview with WNYC's Brian Lehrer on 2/14: "What's Wrong in Politics and How to Fix It"

Note location: The Westport Woman's Club, 44 Imperial Avenue

Community partner: The League of Women Voters of Westport

With decades as a leader in government, law, and business, Joseph A. Califano, Jr. has the maturity to be party-neutral in his evaluation and the perspective to see the big picture of our democracy. Using anecdotes and examples featuring every modern president and actions of both parties, Califano makes the urgent case that we do not need to agree, but we do need to trust each other and be worthy of that trust, in order to bring back systems of government that protect freedom and promote fairness.

Joseph A. Califano, Jr. spent more than thirty years in Washington at the top of the Pentagon, on the White House staff as chief domestic advisor to the President, and in the Cabinet. He worked as an attorney for The Washington Post during Watergate and has represented clients as varied as the Black Panthers and Coca Cola. He also spent years as an attorney in Washington and on Wall Street and served on more than fifteen public company boards and numerous not-for-profit boards. He is founder of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA). He has written fourteen books, including Our Damaged Democracy. 

Author photo: © Eric Weiss Photography

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