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    The Greater Journey

    David McCullough talked about his book, The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris. He responded to questions from members of the audience. This was an event in the History and Biography…

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    National Book Festival

    The first National Book Festival was experienced through a combination of author presentations, call-ins, and interviews from three locations: the Jefferson Building, the Madison Building…

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    The Passage of Power

    Robert Caro talked about his book, The Passage of Power. The fourth book of his series, “The Years of Lyndon Johnson,” it covers the years from 1958 to 1964, during which Senate Majority…

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    Dangerous Ambition, Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson

    Susan Hertog talked about her book chronicling the lives of two early feminists working in journalism, Dangerous Ambition: Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson: New Women in Search of Love and…

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    Biographies of President Eisenhower

    Three biographers of President Dwight D. Eisenhower talked about their books. President Eisenhower’s grandson, David Eisenhower, with his wife Julie Nixon Eisenhower, are the authors of…

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    Spoken from the Heart

    Former first lady Laura Bush talked about her memoir, Spoken from the Heart (Scribner, 2010). She responded to questions from members of the audience. This was a program in the History and…

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    2009 National Book Festival Opening Gala

    Award winning and bestselling authors opened the 2009 National Book Festival talking about the power and function of books and reading in a democratic and culturally diverse society. The…

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    The War

    Ken Burns and Geoffrey Ward talked about their book, The War: An Intimate History, 1941-1945. They also responded to audience members' questions. Ken Burns is co-producer and co-director of the PBS…

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    National Book Festival Gala Part 1

    A gala was held the evening before the National Book Festival which is organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by first lady Laura Bush. During this portion of the…

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    Team of Rivals

    Mr. Billington opened the National Book Festival with brief remarks about lifelong learning, books, and literacy. Mr. Asim also delivered welcoming remarks. Ms. Goodwin talked about her newest…

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    Bush at War

    Mr. Woodward did not talk about his newest book, State of Denial, saying that he was restricted from doing so by CBS’s “60 Minutes” due to his upcoming interview on that show.

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    National Book Festival Breakfast

    First lady Laura Bush hosted a breakfast on the morning of the National Book Festival. She talked with television character Elmo and introduced Librarian of Congress Billington, who was…

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    National Book Festival Gala

    President and Mrs. Bush attended the National Book Festival Gala the evening before the book festival on the National Mall. The National Book Festival was organized by the Library of…

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    National Book Festival Gala

    First lady Bush, Mr. Billington, and several of the authors appearing at the fifth annual National Book Festival spoke at a gala inside the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress.…

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    National Book Festival Opening Ceremony

    The opening ceremony of the fifth annual National Book Festival was held in the East Room of the White House. First lady Laura Bush, some of the festival’s participating authors, and…

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    National Book Festival

    Continuous coverage of the history and biography tent was shown. A number of authors discussed their recent works and their experiences as researchers and writers. Speakers responded to audience…

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    Master of the Senate

    After an introduction by Leonard Downie, Robert Caro talked about his book, Master of the Senate, published by Knopf. In this book, the third volume of his multi-volume biography, The Years of Lyndon…

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    National Book Festival Gala

    Mrs. Laura Bush and several authors spoke at the opening gala for the National Book Festival. They talked about literature, reading and their experiences as authors.

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    National Book Festival Opening Ceremony

    During the opening ceremony of the National Book Festival at the White House, First Lady Laura Bush and others talked about the Festival. Mrs. Bush and the Library of Congress sponsor the…

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    Presidential Biographies

    Mr. McCullough spoke about the importance of beginnings, both in life and in books. He spoke about what inspired him to start writing books, and he also spoke about his love for writing and…

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