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    After Words with Neil Baldwin

    Neil Baldwin, former executive director of the National Book Foundation, talked his book The American Revelation: Ten Ideals That Shaped Our Country from the Puritans to the Cold War, published by St. Martin’s Press. It profiled the men and women whose ideals had influenced morals and values in America, including biographical sketches on colonial Massachusetts governor John Winthrop and his idea of a "city on a hill"; Thomas Paine, author of the pamphlet "Common Sense"; and Secretary of State George C. Marshall who drafted the plan to rebuild Europe after World War II. He was interviewed by Joseph Bottum, editor of First Things magazine.

    Neil Baldwin was the executive director of the National Book Foundation, sponsor of the National Book Awards, for fifteen years. He is the author of ten previous books, including Henry Ford and the Jews: The Mass Production of Hate, Edison: Inventing the Century, and Man Ray: American Artist, as well as poetry, criticism, and history.

    Joseph Bottum is the editor of First Things magazine. His essays, reviews, and poetry have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic Monthly, Nineteenth-Century Literature, Weekly Standard, Commentary, National Review, Philosophy and Literature, and other publications.

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    Book Discussion on The Most Noble Adventure

    Greg Behrman talked about his book, The Most Noble Adventure: The Marshall Plan and the Time When America Helped Save Europe, published by Free Press. He described the condition of European countries after World War II and the details of the Marshall Plan. He said the Marshall Plan was an effective peace time foreign policy effort that launched a successful economic boom in Europe. He also discussed how aspects of the Marshall Plan could be successfully applied to current foreign policy programs. After his presentation he responded to audience members' questions.

    Greg Behrman also wrote The Invisible People: How the U.S. Has Slept Through the Global AIDS Pandemic.