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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.

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    Book Discussion on The General Marshall Story

    Next is a film produced in 1963 by the U.S. Army.
    The film titled, “The General Marshall Story” is about World War Two General George C. Marshall who during his lifetime served as U.S. Army Chief of Staff, Secretary of State and Defense Secretary.
    After World War Two, General Marshall designed the European Recovery Program, which became known as “The Marshall Plan.” In 1953 he received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to stabilize and rebuild Europe.
    This film aired as part of “The Big Picture” series, on ABC television from 1951 through 1975.
    The series focused on historic battles, figures and traditions in U.S. military history.

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    Q&A with Jan Jarboe Russell

    Jan Jarboe Russell talked about her book, The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II, about the Texas camp, which was home to Japanese, German and Italian detainees.