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George McNamee: The Trial of the Chicago 7

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

George Santayana

"A rogue President with his subservient Attorney General determined to use the Department of Justice as a weapon against his enemies. You had a President who thought that protesting was a crime and that protestors were criminals and who encouraged police forces to use excess force..."

-- George McNamee

Today's conversation isn't about 2020. Well, maybe a little. Sitting down virtually with Paul Grondahl, George McNamee discusses the release of The Trial of the Chicago 7, an updated version of his 1970 book on the trial of anti-war protesters at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. It has been republished in a 50th-anniversary edition to coincide with the Aaron Sorkin movie of the same name now streaming on Netflix.

The book, coedited by Mark L. Levine and Daniel Greenberg and with a foreword by Sorkin, is available at The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza.

The Interview

Paul previously interviewed George for a story in the Times Union: 'The Trial of the Chicago 7' enduring Albany connection, published October 28.

The Trailer: "The Trial of the Chicago 7"

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