Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to sign books Thurday

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. will sign copies of his new book "Crimes Against Nature: How George W. Bush and His Corporate Pals Are Plundering the Country and Hijacking Our Democracy" Thursday, Dec. 30, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Chapter One Bookstore, 160 N. Main St., Ketchum. The public is invited.

Kennedy is the son of former U.S. Senator, U.S. Attorney General and U.S. presidential candidate Robert Kennedy. He is one of America's best known and effective environmental activists, who has been called its most prominent environmental attorney. He is senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, chief prosecuting attorney for Riverkeeper and president of Waterkeeper Alliance. He is a clinical professor and supervising attorney at the Environmental Litigation Clinic at Pace University School of Law in White Plains, N.Y.

"Crimes Against Nature" is described on the cover jacket as "ultimately about the corrosive effect of corporate corruption on our core American values---free-market capitalism and democracy. It is about an administration....that has sacrificed respect for the law, public health, scientific integrity, and long-term economic vitality on the altar of corporate greed. It is a book for both Democrats and Republicans, people like the traditionally conservative farmers and fishermen Kennedy represents in lawsuits against polluters."

In a recent speech in Oregon, Kennedy said of the book, "'s not about a Democrat attacking a Republican. I've been disciplined for 20 years as an environmental advocate about being non-partisan and bi-partisan in my approach to these issues. I don't think there's any such thing as Republican children or Democratic children, and the worst thing that can happen to the environment is if it becomes the province of a single political party. But you can't talk honestly about the environment today in any context without speaking critically about this president. This is the worst environmental president we've had in American history."

The book is published by HarperCollins Publishing and is for sale at Chapter One. Cheryl Welch, owner of Chapter One, recommended those interested in meeting Kennedy and getting their books signed to come early rather than late.

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