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    Book Discussion on Deconstructing Obama

    Jack Cashill questions whether President Obama wrote his memoir, Dreams from My Father. Mr. Cashill argues that Barack Obama was assisted in the writing of his 1995 memoir by Bill…

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    Book Discussion on Go Down Together

    Jeff Guinn talked about his book Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde (Simon and Schuster; March 10, 2009). He used many unpublished sources to present a history of…

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    The Two Wives of Woodrow Wilson

    Kristie Miller, author of Ellen and Edith: Woodrow Wilson’s First Ladies, talked about Ellen Axson, the first wife of Woodrow Wilson who died in 1914, and Edith Bolling Galt, who…

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    Life and Career of Chester A. Arthur

    Zachary Karabell examined Chester Alan Arthur, who was propelled into the presidency by the assassination of James Garfield and turned his back on the patronage system that had nurtured…

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    Battle of Gettysburg

    Military historians spoke about the significance of the Battle of Gettysburg on the 146th anniversary of the battle. They talked about the events of the battle, key leaders, and the…

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    Book Discussion on Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure

    Matthew Algeo talked about his book Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip, published by the Chicago Review Press. In his book he…

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    The Civil War Politics of the Confederacy

    This week on The Civil War, author and University of Pennsylvania history professor Stephanie McCurry speaks about her book, Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War…

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    Book Discussion on John Tyler: The Accidental President

    A look at the life of President John Tyler. Tyler was the first Vice President to become President after the death of an incumbent - in this case, William Henry…

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    Vicksburg Civil War Campaign

    Military historian Gregory Hospodor spoke about the year-long campaign by the Union Army and Navy to take Vicksburg, the last Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River. He talked…

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    Book Discussion on Leak: Why Mark Felt Became Deep Throat

    Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the June 17, 1972, Watergate break-in, historian and researcher Max Holland talked about his book, Leak: Why Mark Felt Became Deep Throat. In the book…

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    Book Discussion on Independence: The Struggle to Set America Free

    Historian John Ferling presented a history of the American declaration of independence from Britain in July 1776. The author recounted the maturation of the decision as well as the American…

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    Book Discussion on Embers of War

    Cornell University historian Fredrik Logevall talked about the origins of the Vietnam War, which he termed America’s “least popular war.” Beginning with the 1919…

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    Book Discussion on Bill and Hillary

    Author William Chafe, history professor at Duke University, discussed his book, Bill and Hillary: The Politics of the Personal, in which he examines how Bill and Hillary Clinton’s…

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    Book Discussion on Genesis

    John Judis, senior editor of The New Republic, talked about his book, Genesis: Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict, in which he presents a history of…

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    Book Discussion on Tear Down This Wall

    Romesh Ratnesar talked about his book Tear Down This Wall: A City, a President, and the Speech That Ended the Cold War (Simon & Schuster; November 3, 2009). He recalls President Ronald…

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    Book Discussion on American Emperor

    David Stewart recounts the political life of Aaron Burr (1756-1836), vice president of the United States from 1801-1805, who gained notoriety for his duel with Alexander Hamilton in 1804.…

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    Lawrence Massacre and the Guerilla War

    Military history professor Tony Mullis talked about the guerrilla attack known as the Lawrence Massacre, which took place on August 21, 1863 in the pro-Union town of Lawrence, Kansas during…

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    Book Discussion on To Marry an English Lord

    Carol Wallace talked about late 19th and early 20th century American heiresses who married English Lords to improve their own social status. She is the co-author of the book To Marry…

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    Book Discussion on Our Supreme Task

    Philip White recalls former Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s “The Sinews of Peace” speech, today know as the “Iron Curtain Speech,” that he delivered at…

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    Book Discussion on Mapp v. Ohio

    Professor Carolyn Long talked about her book, Mapp v. Ohio: Guarding Against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures, in which she discusses the Supreme Court decision Mapp v. Ohio, in which the…

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