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  • emThe Woman Behind the New Dealem
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    The Woman Behind the New Deal

    Kirstin Downey talked about her book The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR’S Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience (Nan A. Talese; March 3, 2009). She…

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  • emThe Earth Is Weepingem
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    The Earth Is Weeping

    Peter Cozzens talked about his book, The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West. He spoke at the 17th annual National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.…

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  • Open Phones with David McCullough
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    Open Phones with David McCullough

    David McCullough talked about his book, The Wright Brothers, and responded to viewer calls. He was interviewed at the 15th annual National Book Festival, held at the Walter E. Washington…

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  • Open Phones with Doris Kearns Goodwin
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    Open Phones with Doris Kearns Goodwin

    Doris Kearns Goodwin responded to questions from members of the audience who had just watched her on-stage presentation about her book, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard…

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    The Bully Pulpit

    Doris Kearns Goodwin spoke about her book, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, in which she explores the technological and economic…

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  • emThe Harness Makers Dreamem
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    The Harness Maker's Dream

    NIck Kotz talked about his book, The Harness Maker’s Dream: Nathan Kallison and the Rise of South Texas. He spoke in the History and Biography Pavilion of the 14th annual National Book…

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  • emMy Life and an Era Buck Colbert Franklinem
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    My Life and an Era: Buck Colbert Franklin

    Professor Franklin and his son, John Whittington Franklin talked about the book they co-edited, My Life and an Era: The Autobiography of Buck Colbert Franklin. The book is about the life of…

    538 views
  • emAmericas Great Debateem
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    America's Great Debate

    Fergus Bordewich talked about his book, America’s Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas and the Compromise That Preserved the Union. In it he tells the story of the nation’s westward…

    391 views
  • emThe Greater Journeyem
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    The Greater Journey

    David McCullough talked about his book, The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris. He responded to telephone calls and electronic communications as well as to questions from members of the…

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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…

    1,654 views
  • emGenius of Place The Life of Frederick Law Olmsteadem
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    Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmstead

    Justin Martin talked about his book, Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmstead. He responded to questions from members of the audience. This was a presentation in the History and…

    595 views
  • emUnfamiliar Fishesem
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    Unfamiliar Fishes

    Sarah Vowell talked about her book, Unfamiliar Fishes. She responded to telephone calls and electronic communications She was interviewed while at the 11th annual National Book Festival,…

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  • emGenius of Place The Life of Frederick Law Olmsteadem
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    Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmstead

    Justin Martin talked about his book, Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmstead. He responded to telephone calls and electronic communications He was interviewed following his…

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  • emThe War Loversem
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    The War Lovers

    Evan Thomas talked about his book The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898 (Little, Brown and Company, 2010). He responded to questions from members of the…

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  • emOpen Wide the Freedom Gatesem
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    Open Wide the Freedom Gates

    Ms. Height spoke about her book, Open Wide the Freedom Gates: A Memoir, published by Public Affairs. Ms. Height related her personal experiences as a Civil Rights activist and leader. She…

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  • emThe American Future A History em
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    The American Future: A History

    Simon Schama talked about his book The American Future: A History (Ecco; May 19, 2009), which is also the title of his four-part BBC documentary. He spoke about the importance of history, history education, and…

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  • emSoul of a Peopleem
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    Soul of a People

    David Taylor talked about his book Soul of a People: The WPA Writers' Project Uncovers Depression America (Wiley; February 9, 2009). Mr. Taylor wrote the article for Smithsonian that is the basis for this book and the…

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  • Korean War Veterans Panel
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    Korean War Veterans Panel

    A panel of Korean War Vetrans talked about journalist and historian David Halberstam’s final book, The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War, published by Hyperion. David Halberstam’s book…

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  • emThe Purposes of the Pastem
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    The Purposes of the Past

    Gordon Wood talked about the concept of “presentism", or the tendency of historians to view the past from the perspective of the present. He also talked about the gap between "popular” and…

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  • emThe Day of Battleem
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    The Day of Battle

    Rick Atkinson talked about the invasion of Sicily and mainland Italy from 1943-1944 by the American military. He focused on the personal history of the soldiers and the challenges and triumphs of…

    425 views
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