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    Book Discussion on The First Tycoon

    T.J. Stiles talked about his book The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt (Knopf; April 21, 2009). In his book Mr. Stiles recounts the life of Cornelius Vanderbilt, who…

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    Book Discussion on When Giants Fall

    Michael Panzner talked about When Giants Fall: An Economic Roadmap for the End of the American Era (Wiley; February 9, 2009). He asserts in the book that the American age is over and…

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    Book Discussion on On History

    Filmmakers Oliver Stone and Tariq Ali presented their thoughts on the politics of history and what they consider to be hidden aspects of American history in this continuation of the ongoing…

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    Book Discussion on Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

    Angela Davis presents a critical edition of Frederick Douglass' memoir, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass - An American Slave Written by Himself. Ms. Davis explores the…

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    Book Discussion on Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!

    In his novel Ralph Nader imagines placing seventeen billionaires in one room to solve the country’s problems, from the redevelopment of New Orleans to a reassessment of corporate…

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    Book Discussion on Year Zero

    Ian Buruma, professor of democracy, human rights, and journalism at Bard College, talked about his book, Year Zero: A History of 1945, in which he examines the world following the end of…

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    Book Discussion on James Madison and the Making of America

    Kevin Gutzman recounted the legislative career of James Madison, which he called the most under-emphasized aspect of his career. Professor Gutzman contends that Madison’s…

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    Book Discussion on A Chance to Make History

    Wendy Kopp talked about her book A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn’t in Providing an Excellent Education for All (PublicAffairs, 2011). In her book the founder of…

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    Book Discussion on The Empire of Necessity

    Greg Grandin talked about his book, The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World, in which he recounts a slave revolt at sea and the subsequent discovery of the…

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    Book Discussion on The Black History of the White House

    Clarence Lusane presents a history of African-Americans and the White House. Mr. Lusane reports that 25% of American presidents were slave holders and recalls the many slaves who…

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    Book Discussion on Seymour Hersh

    Robert Miraldi talked about his book, Seymour Hersh: Scoop Artist, in which he chronicles the life and career of the investigative journalist. Over his career, Mr. Hersh broke…

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    Roots of the War of 1812

    Bard College History Professor Christian Ayne Crouch talked about the roots of the War of 1812, which she traced back to the Seven Years' War (also known as the French and Indian War) in…

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    Book Discussion on The American Middle Class

    Lawrence Samuel talked about his book, The American Middle Class: A Cultural History, in which he examines the past, current, and future state of the American middle class. In his…

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    Book Discussion on Slavery's Exiles

    Sylviane Diouf talked about her book, Slavery’s Exiles: The Story of the American Maroons, in which she presents a history of people who escaped slavery and created self-sufficient…

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    Book Discussion on Mr. President

    Historian Harlow Unger talked about his book, Mr. President: George Washington and the Making of the Nation’s Highest Office, in which he recounts the presidency of George…

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    Book Discussion on Warped Passages

    Lisa Randall talked about her book Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe’s Hidden Dimensions, published by Ecco. In the book she discussed the possibility of…

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    Book Discussion on Violence and Left in Dark Times

    Slavoj Zizek, author of Violence: Six Sideways Reflections (Picador; July 22, 2008), and Bernard-Henri Levy, author of Left In Dark Times: A Stand Against the New Barbarism (Random House;…

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    Book Discussion on Blue at the Mizzen

    Mr. Cronkite interviewed Mr. O’Brian about his career writing historic fiction and about his book Blue at the Mizzen, about a British frigate commander who in the aftermath…

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    Book Discussion on Human Smoke

    Nicholson Baker talked about his book, Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization, which is a collection of previously published news items from the 1930s and…

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    Harold Holzer on Abraham Lincoln and William Shakespeare

    Lincoln historian Harold Holzer discussed the 16th president’s interest in the writings of William Shakespeare and his penchant for quoting the playwright and attending his…

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