tv Book Discussion on Bad Days in History CSPAN September 6, 2015 9:30am-10:01am EDT
illinois, decatur illinois. we are talking about a week night that over hundred people were out to hear me talk about my book, my story, but to empower individuals for what they can do because they are concerned about the direction our country is going and am people are coming out on the weekends and evenings in bringing children out because they want to know what they can do to play a role. it is a wonderful thing. >> host: out of the 200, how many were black? >> guest: that there were me. that wasn't actually. there are situations where there may not be any black individuals they are. they go to churches, let the black church is no way you're invited, you're welcome.
we are talking about education, energy, empowerment and it's unfortunate when they don't show up but i've also taken the message to chicago, the message to maryland and here, las vegas and convention last year. people are open-minded. they want to hear what they have to say and how we can play a role in get involved because the government is involved that seems to be a trigger for a lot of people to stand up and have a voice and try to do some thing posts go from your book, the naacp has put aside the pretense that it is a civil rights organization and has six as its real agenda of the left wing promoter of all things progressive. >> guest: there's another organization, the leader. again, why would you take the opportunity away from
disadvantaged children. they don't support black conservatives. i've sent them letters. i've tried to speak at their annual conventions. my questions are ignored by leaders of the naacp and they don't want my message to permeate the black community, the message of personal responsibility and that is also shows blacks as the victim. that was the message i heard where there was an draco's session or the big auditorium rooms where they had speakers coming and. it was mind blowing. while is concerning us there was a lot of young college students there basically buried in the next generation of the same mind that which i find very disturbing. >> host: was your reception hostile, cordial? >> guest: there was one
incident on the main floor of the exhibit hall and the woman came up today and had her finger in my face and told me i shouldn't be there and was yelling and cursing at me. it made national television. she is one of many who think and feel that way but i stood up and answered her questions and she's entitled to her opinions. >> host: deneen borelli, what is your relationship with jeffrey mo? >> guest: i can say he knows who he unsure of who we are because a bunch of number shareholder meetings with ge. this instance he wants government on the industry of energy said they can sell their products. they are hiding behind big government.
they were in the hope of their bottom line and that is wrong because that tax dollars being used to influence ge bottom line. >> host: corporate cronyism to call it. >> guest: anytime government is involved with a business' collusion and not as a red flag for americans to recognize and that happens to >> host: who is tom borelli? >> guest: he is my husband. what makes the news then again it's another way for people to be empowered. ask the question why you make a decision and choice is not in the best interest of shareholders. simple question. ceos don't like to be put on spot in front of the board and shareholders. >> host: where does you and tommy? >> guest: we met at work.
we used work. we used to work at phillip morris. we met in manhattan a number of years ago it would make a great team because we have the same mindset about liberty and freedom and we think it's important to educate individuals get people fired up and get them involved. we are just two people but we been able to make a lot of noise and gain a lot of traction. we have a huge social media following on twitter and facebook. people recognize us and it's been great. >> host: freedom faster using some black american faces? >> guest: yes, i know a number of american conservatives. a year ago i couldn't count them on one hand but i've been contacted from numerous individuals who thanked me for what i do thank me for my voice as i have my book and tell me it's an inspiration to not be afraid and not be concerned when
their family or coworkers criticize them because of their way of thinking because of their views. i think i'm able to make a difference to draw people out from being afraid, from being vocal because of what they think. >> host: how do you think the republican party is doing on outreach to minority communities. >> guest: they should be doing a much better job and it's telling because i see a strike by politicians. when it's time to get a leg that's when you see them do town halls. they might go to the black community or might not hear they are not putting forth much effort like they should be. forget the labels. talk about education, school choice. talk about energy we all want
affordable, cheap, reliable energy but with the administration, policies and regulations are harming the industry. think about it. before obama was president he said he wanted to see prices skyrocket. that doesn't help anyone on a fixed income, maybe a poor household. that doesn't help people like you and how do i get my medicine if i've got to pay more for my electricity bill. that doesn't help hard-working americans. look at the administration is doing and how it's harming hard-working americans and whether people are black, white or otherwise but also what folks can do to play a role. >> host: is 2015 and several hundred people have announced the gop nomination for president. anyone who favor at this point? >> guest: i've not come i'm still watching, but i want someone who will listen to we the people and someone who will
honor the constitution, someone who will abide by conservative principles and values. a lot of these politicians just want to be elected to stay in office am not saying do one thing to get a leg did and once they are there you have no idea who the person is. i want someone true to their values and beliefs. >> host: deneen borelli is the author. here is the cover. "blacklash." you are watching booktv on c-span2. >> michael farquhar with his thoughts on the most disastrous or outrageous events in history that happen each day of the year. that is next on booktv. >> we are pleased to have with us his story in an oscar, michael farquhar. his new book, "bad days in
history: a gleefully grim chronicle of misfortune, mayhem, and misery for every day of the year". he's a carefully curated calendar of humankind's most entertaining catastrophes. with his signature tongue-in-cheek humor, trina levin leads readers on a 365 day to work from recent and distant areas, events well known and obscure, locations near and far and people famous, infamous and forgotten. trina levin explains in his introduction there are billions of mr. ball episodes from which to choose. here he is select he is selected to most of these samples that will offer the most miserable readers excellent company. after the reading there will be
time for questions. afterwards the book signing. when that time comes we would like everyone to form a line going up that way. they does and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome for author farquhar. [applause] it is 365 of the more miserable and unpleasant taste in history, one for every day of the year. one of the things important to us as we did not do uber mr. ball. we are not covering atrocities. we are not covering natural disasters. we are trying to focus on the quirky, disturbing and not
hideous aspects of human nature. you won't be reading about that. although there is a bad day for not the propaganda when he wrote about his sore feet and he has no friend, boo-hoo to him and that is about as far as we get. but the other thing that this book is we are trying not to focus on the obvious. when the titanic sunk, for example, that's an obvious bad day. the worst day for the manager of the titanic was having been rescued and landing back on safe ground in becoming a notorious coward instantly by the press for having survived or when lincoln was shot. the bad day came several days later for several ex-presidents who failed to show enough warning and were attacked by
mobs. world war i is a tragic event in human history associated with kaiser wilhelm of prussia. for kaiser wilhelm there is probably a worse day for him when he was at a party and rumors were swirling around that he was part of day gay underground, which in 1908 pressure was not cool and not okay. his friend was dancing in a two to n. drop dead. so they had a lot of problems because of rigor mortis trying to get the guy out and the police are on the way. we are trying to get miserable days in unexpected ways. one of my favorites has to do with.
this happened on march 6, 1835. a friendship tested by fire. the english philosopher john stuart mills faced an excruciating task in 1835. yet devastating news to deliver to a friend, an admission of personal fault so grievous that only the most magnanimous of men just my be able to forget it. clutching the charred remains of a burned manuscript, the only copy of the french revolution arrived at the historian's london home looking as carlyle wrote, palos had yours goes to come and trembling and despair will explain the manuscript had accidentally been burned as kindling by a made yet while the loss represented countless hours of agonizing labor for carlyle,
it was left to him to comfort his friend wanted to the night. the poor fellow is terribly cut up carlisle said to his wife after they shamed philosopher finally left. we must endeavor to hide from him how very serious this business is for us. sure enough the next day carlisle said to most gracious note. he left me last night what they look i shall not soon forget. is there anything i could do or suffer or say to alleviate you for a failure of sorrow must be far sharper than mine. kurds may friend. a milford mill offering generous compensation for the loss leader across carlos another historian accepted is still the unimaginable task of rewriting the author was convinced he couldn't do it. i remember and can still remember less of it than anything i ever wrote in such
toil. it is gone and so are his note which he had already destroyed. nevertheless he forged through surely the most laden discouraging all but intolerable task i ever have to do is he related to his brother. his inspiration eventually came to write from the heart thomas carlyle completed one of the greatest works in english literature as might be expected a glowing review. today is july 15th and i'm wondering if anybody has any important date, birth dates this week, anniversaries because there is a bad day for whatever date you may choose and i will say if you are having a bad day and i hope nobody is, there is
something that will be far worse than this collection. so we are covering history. we are covering politics, science, every aspect of human endeavor from ancient times up until 2014 entertainment. one of my favorite from the entertainment stories is about opera, the mighty opera. i don't know whether you remember she came out with a movie called to love it which holland and she had made such a production of this movie. this is an adaptation and she just made it all about opera as you sometimes want to do. she was on her television program the day was released, i'm having my baby. she is speaking
hopefully all the best ones are in this election. there is one story about a guy on a business trip to hiroshima in 1945 and boom, the nuclear bomb is dropped and he survives it burdened by the survives it and he makes his way home and he is sitting in the office of his boss telling them what happened in hiroshima and another bomb goes off. he's back home and not the sake of the survives that, too. that the world luckiest guy or a monkey is, depending how you see the world. he lived to be 90.
>> i'm wondering as you came up with these stories, did you have stories that came up on certain parts of the calendar and e.g. get another part? >> guest: item number of instances where he cheated. this is one bad day except for about five days where there were 30 things that happened. i kind of created one day in march, this day and this day in intolerance where every other year there is something really bad happening that one day. i included 10 and did a part to this day in intolerance.
there is a lot of occasions were too many things are happening on one day in a scramble for other days. ultimately you can be cheating and make something overlap one day apply to another situation good >> what was the best day out of all of them? >> like are there any good days that come out of this? >> like what was the best of the worst days or the day that was hardest for you to find a bad thing that happened. >> first of all, it is always easy to find something bad. i am teasing you a little bit because at the last talk i gave somebody said why did she write a book of good days.
that is being optimistic and i don't think anybody would buy. on this date in history -- >> what is the hardest day defined about then? >> there could write volumes on the holocaust alone. so as i said earlier, when he tried to avoid the most hideous, that is another example of genocide. the rwanda genocide, it is too ugly. everybody knows about it. what i found amusing was the state department trying to doublespeak around the word genocide because the u.s. government wasn't repaired to use that word yet for what was happening in rwanda. there is this whole dialogue
with their spokeswoman and a reporter and she is referring to what was happening in rwanda as acts of genocide in the reporter is not letting her get away with it. how many acts of genocide does it take to make a genocide and it goes on for 15 minutes. to watch her wiggle her way out of this because she could not get off that message and its continuous spirit acts of genocide, acts of genocide. this guy is calling her out and she became infamous spirit i forget her name at the moment but it is in here. that was kind of the struggle if there was something bad in history to find the lighter side of things that were bad. another was joan of arc. she had this great buddy that was her comrade in arms. he fought by her side and then retired from the military and
went on to become a child murderer. that was probably one of the darker episodes in the book and yet it amused me in a six and because the other thing about joan of arc is about her gears after she was reduced to ashes and was a little late on that for her. again, it is just a matter of knowing a little bit about history. i'm not an historian. i'm a reporter of history. i discover all these gems as i look at one thing. if you read a biography there's 400 things that pop up much better than the obvious. and yes there are some good days in history. this gentleman over here had a chance to ask a question.
>> you mention the gentleman survived another sake in hiroshima appeared wondering if there's any other bad days with a silver lining with the bright spot. >> yes, of course there were a few. the only one again that comes to mind right now is the instance of joan of arc being alternately found not guilty so her legal reputation come in the silver lining survived the flames and it's just that she didn't. there are a few. again, i wasn't necessarily looking for silver linings in this stories, but the complexity of history is there is always going to be a nuanced. as you read through these, you will find some of them. the bright spot was recording
his diary. what is utter than a sack nazi. there is another question over here. >> are most of the people featured in this famous? >> most of them are. there are a few that were maybe famous in their day that are well known now. there is a scientist in russia who was infamous at the time who was trying to create a new species called the human b. by reading a chimpanzee and human. the russian government was behind it. the soviet government was kind it. he achieved a lot of achieved a lot of not arriving at the time but nobody remembers him right now. i can't remember his name
either. please send there for this noble experiment. there's a lot of stories of science -- scientists of days gone by that aren't necessarily remembered. the ones that are well known on the struggles they had like your times eviscerating daughter for his rocket con., how naïve and foolish she was in heat, 60 years later that "new york times" prints the reaction in apology. another silver lining. most of the people who are the events come if you're even a superficial as enough history, there's some obscure people in here. yes. >> are there any countries that tend to have more bad days than other countries?
>> that is a really good question. i think it really boils down to my knowledge. we try to cover every country or at least every continent. in reviewing that, there's a lot of american bad days, a lot of european -- there's a fair amount of russian and chinese and japanese. so i can't sit there and say there is one country endured over history terrible suffering. india would be a candidate, particularly indian women. indian and nepalese women who in the era when women weren't appreciated they really weren't appreciated over there. their duty for centuries was when her husband either spouse died was to jump on the funeral tire of the husband and a bully themselves.