2020 Nonfiction Author Series

Jonathan Eig


Monday, January 20, 2020

Jonathan Eig is the author of five books, three of them New York Times best sellers.  His most recent book, Ali: A Life, won the PEN/ESPN Award for best sports book of 2017 and was named one of the 20 best sports books of all time by Men’s Health magazine.  Eig is working with Ken Burns on a Muhammad Ali documentary for PBS as well as a new book on Martin Luther King Jr.


Jerome O’Connor



Monday, February 10, 2020

In The Hidden Places of WWII, the author takes readers to overlooked places where WWII history was made. These are sites that were thought to be closed or locked away forever or, in some cases, thought never to exist at all, or were ignored by military historians for decades. With historical photos, contemporary photos, and written in a conversational style, the book opens the eyes of a new generation of readers, as well as an older generation, and takes them to the actual locations that changed history.

Many military history readers don’t know that you can still visit Nazi U-boat pens in Lorient and La Rochelle on the French Atlantic coast (they were used in the filming of Raiders of the Lost Ark) and even pieces of the Atlantic Wall Hitler had built along the French coast in ’43 and ’44 to thwart the invasion he knew was coming. These are only two of the many hidden places the author introduces the reader to.

Maura Elizabeth Cunningham


Monday, February 24, 2020

In this fully revised and updated third edition of China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know®, Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom and Maura Elizabeth Cunningham provide cogent answers to urgent questions regarding the worlds newest superpower and offer a framework for understanding China’s meteoric rise from developing country to superpower. Framing their answers through the historical legacies — Confucian thought, Western and Japanese imperialism, the Mao era, and the Tiananmen Square massacre — that largely define China’s present-day trajectory, Wasserstrom and Cunningham introduce readers to the Chinese Communist Party, the building boom in Shanghai, and the environmental fallout of rapid Chinese industrialization. They also explain unique aspects of Chinese culture, such as the one-child policy, and provide insight into Chinese-American relations, a subject that has become increasingly fraught during the Trump era. As Wasserstrom and Cunningham draw parallels between China and other industrialized nations during their periods of development, in particular the United States during its rapid industrialization in the 19th century, they also predict how we might expect China to act in the future vis-à-vis the United States, Russia, India, and its East Asian neighbors.

Updated to include perspectives on Hong Kong’s shifting political status, as well as an expanded discussion of President Xi Jinping’s time in office, China in the 21st Century provides a concise and insightful introduction to this significant global power.

Mohammed Al Samawi


Monday, April 8, 2019

Since coming to America in May 2015, Mohammed Al Samawi has been involved with various NGOs and interfaith groups.  He is a fellow at the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy (ICRD) in Washington D. C., where he focuses on combatting extremism in Yemen and the MENA region by engaging Imams who are outspoken critics of the West (Jews, generally, but also westernized Christians and Muslims).

Mohammed is the Global Ambassador for Interfaith Youth and Leadership for The African Middle Eastern Leadership Project (AMEL), a Washington DC – based nonprofit that empowers Millennial activists from the Middle East and Africa to build more inclusive societies, and advocates for policies in Washington in support of this goal.

Mohammed also serves on the board of the Yemen Peace Project, which advocates for peaceful US policies towards Yemen, particularly in relation to the U.S. government’s current role in the ongoing civil war.  He sits on the board of the Muslim Jewish Solidarity Committee, a NY-based nonprofit that focuses on grassroots social action to build relationships between Jews and Muslims.

To compliment these efforts, Mohammed has been sharing the story of his personal transformation with religious groups and academic institutions around the country.

Mohammed Al Samawi’s memoir, THE FOX HUNT (William Morrow, April 10, 2018), is in development at Fox 2000 Pictures, with Marc Platt Productions (La La Land, Bridge of Spies) producing, and Josh Singer (Oscar-winning screenwriter of Spotlight) adapting for the screen.


Moorings Country Club

2500 Crayton Road

Naples, Florida

Breakfast at 9 am, featuring the Chef’s Breakfast Buffet with warm choices, i.e. eggs, meats, etc.

Lecture to begin at 9:30 am

Book Signing to follow