Our guests this week are Vincent Bugliosi and Harvey Wasserman
Vincent Bugliosi, author of Divinity of Doubt: The God Question, received his law degree in 1964. In his career at the L.A. County District Attorney’s office, he successfully prosecuted 105 out of 106 felony jury trials, including 21 murder convictions without a single loss. His most famous trial, the Charles Manson case, became the basis of his classic, Helter Skelter , the biggest selling true-crime book in publishing history. Two of Bugliosi’s other books — And the Sea Will Tell and Outrage — also reached #1 on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list. No other American true-crime writer has ever had more than one book that achieved this ranking. Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy was a New York Times bestseller and has been heralded as “epic” and “a book for the ages.” HBO, in association with Tom Hanks’ PlayTone Productions, will be producing this as an eight-hour miniseries in 2013, the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination.His most recent books are Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy (2007), The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder (2008), and Divinity of Doubt: The God Question
Harvey Wasserman is author or co-author of a dozen books including SOLARTOPIA! Our Green-Powered Earth, A.D. 2030; Harvey Wasserman’s History of the U.S.; and, A Glimpse of the Big Light: Losing Parents, Finding Spirit.
With Bob Fitrakis, Harvey helped break many of the major stories surrounding the theft of the 2004 presidential election in Ohio. Their investigative reporting at http://www.freepress.org prompted Rev. Jesse Jackson to call them “the Woodward and Bernstein of the 2004 election.” Their books include How the GOP Stole America’s 2004 Election & Is Rigging 2008, and What Happened in Ohio?, co-authored with Steve Rosenfeld, from the New Press.
Harvey has been a radio talk host at WTVN in Columbus, and with Bob Fitrakis at RadioFreePress.org. His widespread appearances throughout the major media and at campus and citizen gatherings have focussed since the 1960s on energy, environment, peace, justice, U.S. history and election protection. In 1994 he spoke to 250,000 semi-conscious rock fans at Woodstock II.
With Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Graham Nash and others, Harvey helped found NukeFree.org, which helped stop a $50 billion federal loan guarantee program proposed by the US reactor industry in fall, 2007. He edits the NukeFree.org web site, and is senior editor of www.freepress.org. His articles are posted throughout the internet at www.commondreams.org, HuffingtonPost, Buzzflash, CounterPunch et. al.
Harvey teaches US history, western civilization and cultural diversity at Columbus State Community College and Capital University in central Ohio. He holds an MA in US history from the University of Chicago and a BA from the University of Michigan.