Thursday, February 12, 2009
Steven T. Wax Event -- Feb. 17th at 7:30
Please Join us at Common Good Books as Steven T. Wax reads from and signs his new book Kafka Comes to America. The event is open to the public and free to all.
Federal public defender Wax masterfully delivers a harrowing story of the erosion of civil liberties after the September 11 terrorist attacks in a powerful testimony that reads like a thriller. Wax follows the stories of two men he represented, both victims of post-9/11 counterterrorism measures. The first American citizen and fellow lawyer Brandon Mayfield was arrested by the FBI as a suspect in the Madrid train station bombings in 2004, after the FBI claimed that a latent fingerprint found on the scene matched Mayfield's. The second story revolves around Adel Hamad, a Sudanese-born hospital administrator arrested in Pakistan while doing refugee relief work. Imprisoned for six months in a fetid hell for alleged connections with al-Qaeda, Hamad was hooded and shackled and transferred to Guantánamo Bay, where he has languished for the past four years. With considerable finesse, the author narrates these two gripping stories in alternating chapters through each stage of his clients cases. Wax offers personal insight and professional outrage; his is a powerful voice that deserves to reach all Americans. "(June)" Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.