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Diesel, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes Richard "Skip" Bronson to the store to discuss and sign his new book, The War at the Shore, on Thursday, August 16th at 7pm.From 1995 to 2000, two of the world's best-known companies (Mirage Resorts and Trump Resorts, run by two of the most flamboyant businessmen of our time) fought a bare-knuckled, high-stakes battle over Atlantic City, New Jersey. No money was spared, no punch was pulled, no invective went unhurled. Now Bronson, who was a member of the board of directors of Mirage and president of New City Development Company, tells the inside story of this epic struggle. Along the way, he weaves in fascinating anecdotes from his complicated past: product of a fractured family and city-owned housing project in Hartford, former paperboy, spelling bee champion yet college dropout, and prolific developer of shopping centers and office buildings, Bronson embodies the self-made business success story. Gripping from beginning to end, The War at the Shore is a rare up-close look at the world of casino development and the essential modern chapter in the history of America's "Boardwalk Empire." Richard "Skip" Bronson is the Chairman and Founder of U.S. Digital Gaming. He has also been one of the nation's leading commercial real estate developers, with the successful development of over 100 properties, including casino hotels, shopping centers, and office buildings. In addition to his involvement with numerous charitable organizations, Bronson serves on the Board of Directors of Starwood Property Trust. He lives in Beverly Hills.
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Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes bestselling humorist Erich Origen to the store to celebrate his hilarious new parody, Don't Let the Republican Drive the Bus!, on Thursday, August 16th at 7pm.From the satirical masterminds behind the New York Times bestseller Goodnight Bush comes this scathingly funny political parody of the contemporary children's classic Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! As any parent of a small child will tell you, these days it seems like the Republican Party is taking its tactical and ideological cues from a screaming, mid-tantrum toddler. In this spot-on spoof, Erich Origen and Gan Golan take on the Republican political machine, represented here by a cartoonish (yet uncannily realistic) vulture who desperately wants to drive the bus, even though he hates public transit... in fact, hates anything with the word "public" in it. Will you let him drive? Erich Origen and Gan Golan are the writing and illustrating team behind the bestseller Goodnight Bush and The Adventures of Unemployed Man. They live in Oakland, California.