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With David Rothman, author of the political novel The Solomon Scandals


David Rothman investigated corruption in the U.S. government 30 years ago, but it took that long for his fictionalized version of events and people to be published. Please join us as David explains how and why he translated fact into fiction and why it took that long to do so.

David Rothman grew up in the D.C. area, went to the University of North Carolina, and worked as a reporter for the Journal in Lorain, Ohio, where he covered poverty and public housing and was a feature writer.

Related distantly to the late Hollywood scriptwriter Arnold Belgard, Rothman is the author of six nonfiction books on technology-related topics and lives with his wife Carly in Alexandria, Virginia. He is well known on the Net for, a site devoted to libraries and technology.

See The Jonathan Stone-David Rothman Q. & A. for more about his real-life adventures investigating the General Services Administration and Senator Abraham Ribicoff’s secret investment in a GSA-leased building housing a CIA office. Ribicoff was a close friend of Charles E. Smith, a major GSA contractor.

In Scandals as a Northern Virginia Jewish novel, you can read Rothman’s reflections on growing up Chosen in the Old Dominion. And in Book’s origins, you can learn how Scandals came to be written as fiction.

Interviewee: David Rothman
Host: Paula B.
Date: June 21, 2009
Running time: 51:33
File size: 25 megabytes
Rating: G
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