Publisher's Note — October 6, 2008, 5:17 pm

Event Alert: John R. MacArthur discusses the presidency pre-debate in Brooklyn, NY

cantbepres_68 An African-American candidate is running against the oldest candidate ever (and his running mate is a woman). It seems that–finally–anyone can be president. But can they? Harper’s Magazine Publisher and noted political commentator John R. MacArthur will discuss his new book You Can’t Be President: The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America with esteemed historian Eric Foner (read an excerpt from the book). A live screening of the second presidential debate will follow.

October 7, 2008 at 7:00 P.M.
FREE AND OPEN TO ALL
The Melville House Bookstore (DUMBO)
145 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn (Corner of Plymouth and Pearl) (MAP)
Subway: F to York; A/C to High St.
Refreshments will be served.
For more information call (718) 722-9204

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