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    Book Discussion on In the Kingdom of Ice

    Hampton Sides talked about his book, In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette, in which he recounts the U.S. naval expedition to the North Pole in 1879. The journey, financed by New York Herald owner James Gordon Bennett, and led by Officer George Washington De Long, began in San Francisco on July 8, 1879. The 32-man crew aboard the USS Jeannette sailed for two years before a breach of the ship’s hull left them abandoned 1,000 miles north of Siberia, and forced them to trek back to civilization. Mr. Sides showed numerous slides during his presentation and then responded to questions from members of the audience.

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    Book Discussion on The Collapse

    Mary Elise Sarotte talked about her book, The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall, about the collapse of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989. In her book, the author reports that the opening of the wall was an accident, a combination of miscommunication by the East German government and the efforts of citizens from East and West Berlin. Mary Elise Sarotte spoke at Porter Square Books in Cambridge, Massachusetts.