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  • emInvading Mexicoem
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    Invading Mexico

    Joseph Wheelan explores the Mexican-American War of 1846 to 1848. The author chronicles President James Polk’s desire to acquire California via war and the popular dissent that followed the start of the war…

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    Professor Edward Balleisen talked about his book, Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff, about the history of business fraud in America. In his book, Professor Balleisen also…

  • emDisciplesem
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    Douglas Waller talked about his book, Disciples: The World War II Missions of the CIA Directors Who Fought for Wild Bill Donovan, about the secret military operations of four future Central…

  • emRighteous Warriorem
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    Righteous Warrior

    William Link talked about his book, Righteous Warrior: Jesse Helms and the Rise of Modern Conservatism, published by St. Martin’s Press. His book recounts the political life of former…

  • A Brad Schwartz on emBroadcast Hysteriaem
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    Broadcast Hysteria

    A. Brad Schwartz talked about his book, Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News, about the reaction to the 1938 Orson Welle’s radio broadcast of War of…

  • Jay Smith and Mary Willingham on emCheatedem
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    Jay Smith and Mary Willingham talked about their book Cheated: The UNC Scandal, the Education of Athletes, and the Future of Big-Time College Sports. In the book, they report on two decades of academic…

  • emBloody Springem
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    Bloody Spring

    Joseph Wheelan talked about his book, Bloody Spring: Forty Days That Sealed the Confederacy’s Fate, in which he recounts the Ulysses S. Grant-led Union Army offensive into Virginia in May and June of 1864. In his book,…

  • emThe Secret Rescueem
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    The Secret Rescue

    Cate Lineberry talked about her book, The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics Behind Nazi Lines, in which she recounts the emergency landing of a military transport plane…

  • emRoanoke Mystery of the Lost Colonyem
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    Roanoke: Mystery of the Lost Colony

    Lee Miller talked about the mystery surrounding the first colonial expedition to the United States in 1587. Ms. Miller talked about her drive to find out what happened to the 155 colonists who…

  • emTerrible Swift Swordem
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    Terrible Swift Sword

    Author Joseph Wheelan discussed his book, Terrible Swift Sword: The Life of General Philip H. Sheridan, in which he recounts the life of Union General Philip Sheridan, whose Cavalry Corps forced…

  • emOn the Gridem
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    On the Grid

    Mr. Huler examines what he calls the vital support of daily life that is “shrouded in mystery” - infrastructure. To understand how it all works, what needs to be fixed, and why, he poked…

  • emFatal Embraceem
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    Fatal Embrace

    Mark Braverman takes a critical look at Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians in the occupied territories. Mr. Braverman argues that Israeli security does not need to come at the expense…

  • emLibby Prison Breakoutem
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    Libby Prison Breakout

    Joseph Wheeelan talked about his book Libby Prison Breakout: The Daring Escape from the Notorious Civil War Prison (PublicAffairs, 2010). In his book he recalls the escape of 109 Union prisoners from the…

  • emMr Adamss Last Crusadeem
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    Mr. Adams's Last Crusade

    Joseph Wheelan talked about his book Mr. Adams’s Last Crusade: John Quincy Adams’s Extraordinary Post-Presidential Life in Congress, published by PublicAffairs. In his book Mr. Wheelan…

  • emThe White House Looks Southem
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    The White House Looks South

    Professor Leuchtenburg talked about his book The White House Looks South: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson, published by Louisiana State University Press. He talked…

  • emSenator Sam Ervin Last of the Founding Fathersem
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    Senator Sam Ervin, Last of the Founding Fathers

    Karl E. Campbell talked about his book Senator Sam Ervin, Last of the Founding Fathers, published by the University of North Carolina Press. In his book Mr. Campbell examines the life and…

  • emKeep Singingem
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    Keep Singing

    Patsy Clarke and Eloise Vaughn talked about their book Keep Singing: Two Mothers, Two Sons, and Their Fight Against Jesse Helms, published by Alyson Publications. Patsy Clarke and Eloise Vaughn…

  • emBand of Sistersem
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    Band of Sisters

    Kirsten Holmstedt talked about her book, Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq. She described the lives of women serving in combat positions in Iraq. She interviewed women from all…

  • emBloodsworth   Exonerated by DNAem
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    Bloodsworth: Exonerated by DNA

    Mr. Junkin talks about his book Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA, published by Shannon Ravenel Books. The author told Kirk Bloodsworth’s story of…

  • emIn Search of the Promised Land  A Slave Family in the Old Southem
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    In Search of the Promised Land: A Slave Family in the Old South

    John Hope Franklin and Loren Schweninger talked about their book In Search of the Promised Land: A Slave Family in the Old South, published by Oxford University Press. The book told the…

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