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  • emGorbachevem and emThe House of Governmentem
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    Gorbachev and The House of Government

    William Taubman talked about his book Gorbachev: His Life and Times, about the life of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. He was joined by Yuri Slezkine, history professor at the University…

  • Veronica Chambers Discusses emThe Meaning of Michelleem
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    The Meaning of Michelle

    Veronica Chambers talked about her book The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own, in which sh looks at the contributions of first…

  • Gino Segre and Bettina Hoerlin Discuss emThe Pope of Physicsem
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    The Pope of Physics

    Gino Segre and Bettina Hoerlin talked about their book, The Pope of Physics: Enrico Fermi and the Birth of the Atomic Age, about Italian physicist Enrico Fermi, known as “the Pope” by his…

  • Larry Tye Discusses emBobby Kennedyem
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    Book Discussion Bobby Kennedy

    Larry Tye talked about his book Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon, in which he remembers the personal life and political career of Robert F. Kennedy.

  • Daniel Shapiro Discusses emNegotiating the Nonnegotiableem
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    Negotiating the Nonnegotiable

    Daniel Shapiro talked about his book, Negotiating the Nonnegotiable: How to Resolve Your Most Emotionally Charged Conflicts, about how to resolve contentious battles between governments and in…

  • Annette GordonReed and Peter Onuf Discuss Thomas Jeffersons Intellect
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    Most Blessed of the Patriarchs

    Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter Onuf talked about their book Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination, in which they examine the intellectual…

  • Historian Richard Norton Smith Discusses Presidential Failure
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    Measuring Presidential Failure

    Richard Norton Smith talked about traditional rankings of former commanders in chief and the challenges of measuring presidential failure. He looked at three former presidents often…

  • emLafayette in the Somewhat United Statesem
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    Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

    Sarah Vowell talked about her book, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, in which she looks at the American Revolution via the French-born Marquis de Lafayette, who served as a general…

  • John Palfrey on emBiblioTechem
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    John Palfrey talked about his book BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google, in which he argues that the nation’s library system is more important now than ever.…

  • emThe Theft of Memoryem
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    The Theft of Memory

    Jonathan Kozol talked about his book The Theft of Memory, in which he remembers the life of his father, Harry Kozol, a neuropsychiatrist who self-diagnosed his Alzheimer’s disease. In his…

  • Freeman Dyson on emDreams of Earth and Skyem
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    Dreams of Earth and Sky

    Freeman Dyson talked about his book of essays Dreams of Earth and Sky, in which he writes about such topics as global warming and biotechnology. He spoke with David Goldberg, professor of…

  • DrPaul Offit on emBad Faithem
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    Bad Faith

    Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, talked about his book, Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine,…

  • emThe Meaning of Human Existenceem
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    The Meaning of Human Existence

    Edward O. Wilson talked about his book, The Meaning of Human Existence, about what makes up human existence and makes human beings different from other species. He spoke at the Free Library…

  • emWorld Orderem
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    World Order

    Henry Kissinger talked about his book, World Order, in which he explores the possibility of achieving world order, something which he says has never been achieved before. Mr. Kissinger…

  • emThe Invisible Bridgeem
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    The Invisible Bridge

    Rick Perlstein talked about his book, The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan, in which he recounts America’s political and social landscape of the mid-1970s, which…

  • emMy Share of the Taskem
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    My Share of the Task

    General Stanley McChrystal talked about his memoir, My Share of the Task, with author and journalist Mark Bowden. In the book, the former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan recounted the…

  • emThe Harlem Hellfightersem
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    The Harlem Hellfighters

    Max Brooks talked about his book, The Harlem Hellfighters, in which he used historical research to write an account of the first African-American regiment to fight in World War I, the 369th Infantry…

  • emThe Story of the Jewsem
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    The Story of the Jews

    Historian Simon Schama talked about his book, The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000 BC-1492 AD, in which he presents a 3000 year history of the Jewish people. Mr. Schama spoke at…

  • emThe Burglaryem
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    The Burglary

    Betty Medsger talked about her book, The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI, in which she tells the story of the March 1971 break-in at FBI offices in Media, Pennsylvania, by…

  • emCivilian Warriorsem
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    Civilian Warriors

    Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater, talked about his book, Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror, in which he discusses the successes…

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