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John Byrne Cooke on war reporting

Teton County Library presents an author talk with Jackson author John Byrne Cooke, who explores the enduring tensions between a free press and government during times of war in his new book.

Cooke will discuss his book, “Reporting the War: Freedom of the Press from the American Revolution to the War on Terrorism” on Wednesday, Jan . 16 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the library’s Ordway Auditorium in Jackson. The program is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow.

Published in October, Cooke’s book has garnered accolades from reviewers, who have deemed it “an incisive, well researched account of war-time reporting and a must-read for those who want to be critical consumers of news.” Cooke explores how the press has opposed government war policies; how the government has tried to intimidate and suppress dissenting opinion; and
how the press has worked to inform the public while preserving the principles of the Founding Fathers.

Cooke’s first novel, “The Snowblind Moon” (1985), was a featured alternate selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club. His second novel, “South of the Border” (1989), received praise from The Washington Post, which wrote: “Like Michener, Cooke is a historian in novelist’s clothing, but he is not as long-winded and his sentences are more graceful.”

FMI: Contact the library’s Adult Program Coordinator at 733-2164 ext. 135. You can also visit the library online at http://www.tclib.org/.

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