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    Book Discussion on A Higher Form of Killing

    Diana Preston talked about her book A Higher Form of Killing: Six Weeks in World War I that Forever Changed the Nature of Warfare, in which she examines Germany’s violation of rules of war during World War I, from the dispersal of poison gas against French and Canadian soldiers at Ypres to the submarine attack on the passenger liner Lusitania, and the aerial bombardment of London. In her book, the author reports that these acts abolished prior agreements made at the Hague Conventions and were designed to sow terror amongst the Allied populations.

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    Kansas City and World War II

    world War II veterans from Kansas City talked about their wartime experiences. Topics included the atomic bomb, the invasion of Normandy, and Harry Truman.

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    National Portrait Gallery History and Mission

    National Portrait Gallery senior historian David Ward and director Kim Sajet talked about the plans for the museum as it approached its 50th anniversary. They also discussed the museum’s history and mission.

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    Book Discussion on Unstoppable

    Ralph Nader talked about his book Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State. He talked about the unpublicized areas of politics where there is agreement between left and right factions such as raising the minimum wage, auditing the Pentagon, amending the PATRIOT Act, and reevaluating the war on drugs.

    This interview was held at the 347th Annual National Press Club Book Fair and Authors' Night, a fundraiser held by the National Press Club Journalism Institute, in partnership with Politics & Prose, for the Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library and the SEED Foundation. It was held November 18, 2014, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the National Press Club ballroom.

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    Genetically Modified Foods

    Carey Gillam talked by remote video from Kansas City, Missouri, about controversy surrounding genetically modified foods, their safety, and use in the U.S. Topics included efforts to better label those products.

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    Stubby the War Dog

    Ann Bausum talked about her book, Sergeant Stubby: How a Stray Dog and His Best Friend Helped Win World War I and Stole the Heart of a Nation, about the life of “Sergeant Stubby,” who served in World War I and became a national celebrity. "Sergeant Stubby" was a stray dog adopted who became the first canine given a rank in the U.S. armed forces. After being adopted by an American soldier, Stubby served heroically with the 102nd Infantry, 26th Yankee Division, in France during World War I. Over the course of 17 battles, he comforted troops in the trenches and alerted soldiers to incoming German gas attacks. He was later received by three American presidents.

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    Harry Truman and World War I

    Dennis Giangreco talked about his book, The Soldier from Independence: A Military History of Harry Truman, in which he explores the story of Harry Truman’s role as a field artillery battery commander in World War I.

    The Kansas City Public Library co-hosted this event with the Truman Library Institute and the National World War I Museum.

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    Railroads and the Civil War

    Christopher Gabel talked about the importance of railroads and steam-powered locomotives to the the Union and Confederate armies during the U.S. Civil War. Professor Gabel explained how railroads made the scale of the Civil War possible and described how and why the Confederacy’s powerful railroad system broke down as the war progressed. The Kansas City Public Library hosted this event.

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    Missouri's German Americans During World War I

    Petra DeWitt talked about German-Americans in Missouri during World War I. German-Americans made up one of the largest immigrant groups in the state at the time and were often scrutinized merely for being German. Professor DeWitt argued that this was not only because of federal doctrines like the Espionage Act and Sedition Act, but also that local authorities and individuals were harsher judges of patriotism.

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    Intelligence and Espionage During World War I

    Mark Stout talked about the history of espionage during World War I. He focused on four American agencies that participated in spying: the Navy Department, the War Department, the State Department, and the Expeditionary forces abroad, including the U.S. Army. The Kansas City Public Library and the Truman Library Institute co-hosted this event.