Abramsky has two upcoming appearances in the Tampa Bay area, one on Saturday (see Book Talk) and one on April 30 as part of the Leif Nissen Social Justice Lecture Series at Temple Beth-El of St. Petersburg (templebeth-el.com). His books include The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives and his most recent, The House of Twenty Thousand Books, a memoir centered around his grandfather, a bibliophile with a massive collection of socialist literature and Jewish history. Recently, we caught up with Abramsky by phone. When asked to discuss the presidency of Donald Trump, the London-born journalist said: "As far as electoral damage, it is the worst thing to happen in this country's history. I'm not saying it is the worst thing to ever happen, because the Civil War was horrific. If we survive the Trump years we will be living with his legacy for a long time. When you unleash demagoguery, very bad things tend to happen.''
Abramsky holds a master's degree from Columbia University School of Journalism and currently teaches in the University Writing Program at University of California-Davis. He lives in Sacramento with his wife, Julie, and two children.
What's on your nightstand?
Kate Raworth's Doughnut Economics, Paris Vagabond by Jean-Paul Clerbert, Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi and Pax Romana: War, Peace and Conquest in the Roman World by Adrian Goldsworthy. It's a history of Rome.
And how did you come to pick up a book on ancient Rome at this time?
I was browsing in a bookstore near Stanford. It's on Rome, but also on the mechanics on how it became an empire. Rome's politics became dysfunctional at the end of the republic, and once you get to the formation of the Roman Empire, once you get to that stage, the senate actually becomes an advisory council. It's very interesting to study. A big thing is the role of the ruler's family.
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