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    Book Discussion on Why America Failed: The Roots of Imperial Decline

    Morris Berman talked about the third book in his trilogy on the decline of the American empire. In this talk, titled “The Way We Live Today,” he argued that self-interest…

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    Book Discussion on The Transfer Agreement

    Edwin Black talked about his book The Transfer Agreement: The Dramatic Story of the Pact Between the Third Reich and Jewish Palestine (Dialog Press; 25th anniversary ed. August 25,…

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    Book Discussion on My Brother Martin

    Mrs. Farris, older sister of the slain civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., reads from her book My Brother Martin, published by Simon and Schuster. The book is…

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    Book Discussion on The Kennedy Assassination - 24 Hours After

    Steven Gillon talked about his book The Kennedy Assassination - 24 Hours After: Lyndon B. Johnson’s Pivotal First Day as President (Basic Books; (October 6, 2009). In his book…

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    Book Discussion on American Tempest: How the Boston Tea Party Sparked A Revolution

    Harlow Unger presented a history of the Boston Tea Party, which occurred on December 16, 1773. The author reports that the demonstration against the British collection of import duties was…

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    Book Discussion on Plunder!

    Steven Greenhut talked about his book Plunder!: How Public Employee Unions Are Raiding Treasuries, Controlling Our Lives and Bankrupting the Nation (The Forum Press; November 23, 2009). He…

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    Book Discussion on The Legacy of the Second World War

    John Lukacs, historian and author of over thirty books, addresses questions about World War II that remain for him sixty-five years after the end of the war. Among several topics,…

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    Book Discussion on Before the Lights Go Out

    Maggie Koerth-Baker examines the current and future state of energy issues in the United States. The author reports that there is no one answer to the future of energy infrastructure…

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    Book Discussion on Endgame

    Frank Brady examines the life of chess master turned international fugitive Bobby Fischer (1943-2008). At thirteen-years-old Fischer became the youngest chess master in U.S. history and…

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    Book Discussion on Here Comes Trouble

    Author, filmmaker, and political activist Michael Moore talked about his memoir, in which he recounts his life by giving vignettes from starting his own newspaper in the 4th grade to his…

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    Book Discussion on Woody Guthrie, American Radical

    In his book Will Kaufman takes a look at folk singer Woody Guthrie’s political activism throughout the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, the Korean War, the McCarthy era,…

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    Book Discussion on Triple Cross

    Peter Lance talked about his book Triple Cross: How Bin Laden’s Master Spy Penetrated the CIA, the Green Berets, and the FBI (Harper Paperbacks; June 16, 2009). He talked about the…

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    Book Discussion on A Covert Affair: Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS

    Jennet Conant recounts Julia and Paul Child’s career in the Office of Strategic Services during World War II. The future cook book author and television personality began her…

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    Book Discussion on Dreams From My Father

    Senator-elect Obama talked about his memoir Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, published by Three Rivers Press. It was his account of growing up in a racially…

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    Book Discussion on The 86 Biggest Lies on Wall Street

    John Talbott talked about his book The 86 Biggest Lies on Wall Street (Seven Stories Press; April 27, 2009). He exposed what he says are the biggest myths about the current recession, Wall…

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    Book Discussion on Essays

    Wallace Shawn talked about his book Essays (Haymarket Books; September 1, 2009). The collection of essays covers topics such as September 11, the Iraq War, and the American economic and…

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    What the Dog Saw and The Devil and Sherlock Holmes

    Malcolm Gladwell, author of What the Dog Saw and David Grann, author of The Devil and Sherlock Holmes discussed their respective collections of essays and their writing careers at The New…

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    Book Discussion on I Want You to Shut the F#ck Up

    Comedian D.L. Hughley presented his thoughts on the political and social issues of the day and argued that America is in need of a “wake-up call.” The author presented his…

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    Book Discussion on The Upside of Irrationality

    MIT professor of behaviorial economics' latest on what controls decision-making processes, the human penchant for keeping too many options open and how that penchant can negatively affect…

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    The Military-Industrial Complex - 50 Years Later

    On the fiftieth anniversary of President Eisenhower’s farewell address, delivered on January 17, 1961, William Hartung and David Eisenhower, grandson of Dwight Eisenhower, talked…

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