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By Miriam Raftery


July 29, 2009 (La Mesa)--John W. Dean, former White House Counsel to President Richard Nixon from 1970 to 1973 and the key government witness in the Watergate prosecution, will speak in La Mesa on Wednesday, August 5th.  The author, columnist and political commentator will speak on the Bush administration's use of torture and will also sign copies of his books, including Worse Than Watergate, Conseratives Without a Conscience, and Blind Ambition: The End of the Story, a just-released update edition with startling new revelations on Watergate. 


This free talk will be presented at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive in La Mesa with a social time beginning at 6:30 PM and the program beginning at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, August 5. A a question and answer session will be followed by a book sale and signing that will end by 9:00 PM.


Polimedia Publishing reissued John Dean’s definitive insider account of the Watergate scandal, Blind Ambition: The End of the Story, on July 21st, 2009. Dean appends his original bestseller, out of print for two decades, with a powerful new AFTERWORD, providing new revelations and details that answer the most persistent questions lingering since the original investigation.


"Readers will be astonished with the brutal honesty of Dean’s disclosures, which finally close the case on Watergate," a press release on the event states.  "He explains with insightful clarity why (and how) a bungled, conspicuously amateurish burglary at the Democratic National Committee unraveled a presidency, forcing Richard Nixon from office. Dean provides definitive answers to outstanding historical questions, and alerts us to the growing efforts by Nixon revisionists to reinvent this tragic chapter of American history by rewriting it."  Be one of the first people to get a copy at this event.


In 2004, Dean published Worse than Watergate, a critical analysis of the George W. Bush administration, calling attention to the extreme secrecy of that administration, and its consequences, long before the mainstream news media recognized and acknowledged the problems. Worse than Watergate spent 10 weeks on the New York Times Best Sellers list.


Dean’s 2006 book, Conservatives without Conscience, examines contemporary American conservatism to show how traditional conservatism has been replaced by a dangerous authoritarianism. This work spent six weeks on the New York Times Best Sellers List. Dean’s most recent New York Times best-seller is Broken Government: How Republican Rule Destroyed the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches, which explores how Republican rule and control of government has altered established processes and procedures in a negative manner that has affected all Americans.


Dean was born in Akron, Ohio. He earned his law degree from Georgetown University. In 2000, Dean retired to become a successful author, lecturer, and columnist. Dean, who lectures throughout the world, writes his bi-weekly column for He lives in Los Angeles and is working on his tenth book.  For background on this lecture, you may wish to read the article from June 12, 2009 by John W. Dean titled Expert Advice On Dealing With A Prior Administration's Use of Torture at


This event is jointly sponsored by the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club and the Eastlake-Bonita Democratic Club as a community service.   People of all parties are welcome to attend.


For more information go to or call 619-741-1994.

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