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Someone is Out to Get Us

November 6, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Scarsdale resident and award-winning television writer, director, show runner, and executive producer Brian T. Brown will celebrate the launch of his new nonfiction book, Someone Is Out To Get Us: A Not So Brief History of Cold War Paranoia and Madness, (published by Twelve Books) with a reading and signing event at Bronx River Books, 37 Spencer Pl., Scarsdale, on Wednesday, November 6, at 6:30 pm. Co-sponsored by the Scarsdale Public Library. A FREE event open to the public — with light refreshments.

In Someone Is Out to Get Us, Brian T. Brown explores the delusions, absurdities, and best-kept secrets of the Cold War, during which the United States fought an enemy of its own making for over forty years — and nearly scared itself to death in the process. The nation chose to fear a chimera, a rotting communist empire that couldn’t even feed itself, only for it to be revealed that what lay behind the Iron Curtain was only a sad Potemkin village.

Someone Is Out to Get Us is the all-too-true and complete account of a long-misunderstood period of history during which lies, conspiracies, and paranoia led Americans into a state of madness and misunderstanding, too distracted by fictions to realize that the real enemy was looking back at them in the mirror the whole time.

Brian T. Brown is the author of Ring Force (Rodale, 2012) and TV: A Novel (Crown, 2001). He is also a journalist, a fifteen-time Emmy winner, and the cowriter and director of The Last Gold, a 2016 feature-length documentary. His work has appeared on CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, PBS, TBS, ESPN, NBCSN, HBO, and the Discovery Channel. As a writer and producer for twelve Olympic broadcasts, he has been attached to some of the most-watched shows in American TV history. Since 2017, he has served as an adjunct professor at Fordham University. Brown’s professional career began in newspapers, at The New York Times and The San Diego Union.

“Brown is the perfect tour-guide into one of the darkest corners of the American political soul. Someone Is Out To Get Us is a sweeping examination of a time much like ours, when paranoia replaced good judgement. Spoiler alert: the nation survives, which gives us hope for today.”—Joe Ferullo, contributing columnist, The Hill.

“An alternative title for this irreverent romp of a read might be Everything You Wanted to Know About the Cold War (But Were Afraid to Ask) . . . In an era in which Americans should be (and are) afraid of some very real things, whether the integrity of our elections, global climate change, or the twisted powers of social media, this book enters the dialogue by chronicling the mayhem and misery of a time when fear overwhelmed our ability to see anything for what it really was. Brown reminds us that throughout those four decades, America’s greatest enemy was the one it created in its own paranoid collective mind, a lesson that should not be lost on us today.”—Amy Bass, author of One Goal.

“Readers who love Cold War-era U.S. history will glom onto Brown’s book, even if they come away agreeing with the old Pogo comic strip: ‘We have met the enemy, and he is us.'”—Booklist


November 6, 2019
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


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