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Former Nixon Counsel to Discuss "Broken Government" Sept. 20

Former legal counsel to President Richard Nixon and best-selling author John Dean will discuss his new book, "Broken Government: How the Republican Rule Destroyed the Legislative, Executive and Judicial Branches," during the Fontbonne University/KMOX Book Club, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m., at the St. Louis County Library, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.

The event is free but reservations are required. Call 314-444-1827 or e-mail cwbrennan@cbs.com, leave your name and phone number and reference the book club to reserve a spot today. For more information, go to www.fontbonne.edu/bookclub.

According to the publisher, Dean has become one of the most trenchant and respected commentators on the current state of American politics and one of the most outspoken and perceptive critics of the administration of George W. Bush in his New York Times bestsellers, "Conservatives Without Conscience" and "Worse Than Watergate."

In his eighth book, Dean takes the broadest and deepest view yet of the dysfunctional chaos and institutional damage that the Republican Party and its core conservatives have inflicted on the federal government. He assesses the state of all three branches of government, tracing their decline through the presidencies of Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush I and Bush II. Unlike most political commentary, which is concerned with policy, Dean looks instead at process - making the case that the 2008 presidential race must confront these fundamental problems as well. Finally, he addresses the question that he is so often asked at his speaking engagements: What, if anything, can and should politically moderate citizens do to combat the extremism, authoritarianism, incompetence, and increasing focus on divisive wedge issues of so many of today's conservative politicians?

The October book club author will be A. E. Hotchner, a former military reporter, playwright, novelist and philanthropist, on Oct. 17, at 7 p.m., at the Ralph M. Captain Elementary School in Clayton.
Fontbonne University is a Catholic coeducational institution of higher education offering liberal arts, professional and adult programs.