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Reporter Sloyan to spill JFK’s ‘secrets’ at Park Road Books tonight

Patrick Sloyan is an investigative reporter who knows all about secrets.

His career has spanned nine presidents, 20 Congresses and a dozen presidential campaigns. He’s won most every major prize awarded to journalists, including the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for his 1990 coverage of Desert Storm. the Persian Gulf War and its aftermath.

He will speak tonight at 7 at Park Road Books on his latest non-fiction work, “The Politics of Deception: JFK’s Secret Decisions on Vietnam, Civil Rights and Cuba.”

Reviewing the book for the Washington Times, James Srodes wrote: “This riveting book is a compelling read not only for correcting a much-mythologized era, but also for reminding us of the harsh and often crass realities that influence all our presidents when they get blindsided by the unintended consequences of their acts.”

And he adds: “With dogged persistence, scrupulous archival work and firsthand interviews, he has turned on its ear the sanitized history of the last year of John F. Kennedy's presidency.”

Sloyan began his career in Washington in 1960 at United Press International. He covered the U.S. Senate, the Pentagon and the White House.

At Hearst News Service, he covered the Nixon and Ford Administrations before joining Newsday in 1974 as White House correspondent and chief political reporter. The income taxes of all U.S. presidents are now routinely audited by the Internal Revenue Service because of Sloyan’s reporting on White House tax returns.

WHAT: Patrick J. Sloyan talking about “The Politics of Deception: JFK’s Secret Decisions on Vietnam, Civil Rights and Cuba”

WHEN: 7 p.m. tonight, June 17

WHERE: Park Road Books, 3941 Park Road, Park Road Shopping Center, Charlotte, N.C., 28209

COST: Free and open to the public