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    The Great Secret

    Historian Jennet Conant discussed the sinking of 17 Allied ships in Italy in December 1943, which included the John Harvey, an American ship that was secretly holding 2,000 mustard bombs.…

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    The Last Million

    Historian David Nasaw discussed the one million refugees throughout Europe in the years following World War II. This was a virtual event hosted by the Carnegie Council for Ethics in…

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    Twilight of the Gods

    Military historian Ian Toll concluded his three-volume history of the Pacific Theater during World War II. This was a virtual event hosted by the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

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    The Trial of Adolf Hitler

    David King talked about his book The Trial of Adolf Hitler: The Beer Hall Putsch and the Rise of Nazi Germany, in which he recounts Adolf Hitler’s trial for high treason in February, 1924, which…

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    Wheels of Courage

    Journalist David Davis provided a history of the first wheelchair basketball teams comprised of World War II veterans. This was a virtual event hosted by Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena,…

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    Countdown 1945

    Fox News' Chris Wallace provided a history of the lead-up to the bombing of Hiroshima in August 1945. This was a virtual event hosted by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi…

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    The Splendid and the Vile

    Erik Larson looked at Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s leadership during the London Blitz. This was a virtual event hosted by Future Tense, a partnership of New America, Slate, and…

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    The Last Fighter Pilot

    World War II veteran Jerry Yellin talked about his book The Last Fighter Pilot, in which he recalls his bombing missions over Japan from April to August of 1945.

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    The Last Mission to Tokyo

    Author Michel Paradis recalled the ‘Doolittle Raids’ of 1942, an American response to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. The author wrote that the U.S. bombing was led by Jimmy…

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    Letters From Nuremberg

    Senator Chris Dodd talked about his book, Letters from Nuremberg: My Father’s Narrative of a Quest for Justice, published by Crown. In the book he chronicles the Nuremberg trials of Nazi leaders after…

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    Soviet Judgment at Nuremberg

    University of Wisconsin history professor Francine Hirsch argued that the Soviets were integral in the coordination of the Nuremberg trials, but were also considered to be duplicitous by…

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    Year Zero

    Ian Buruma, professor of democracy, human rights, and journalism at Bard College, talked about his book, Year Zero: A History of 1945, in which he examines the world following the end of…

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    The Volunteer

    Journalist Jack Fairweather recounted the efforts of Witold Pilecki, a member of the Polish resistance during World War II, who volunteered to be deliberately captured and sent to Auschwitz…

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    Before the Fallout

    Diana Preston talked about her book Before The Fallout: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima, published by Walker and Company. On December 26, 1898, Marie Curie announced the discovery of radium and observed that…

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    Night of the Assassins

    Author and Vanity Fair contributing editor Howard Blum recounted the failed Nazi plot to kill the three Allied leaders at a secret meeting they attended in Tehran in 1943. This was a…

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    The Women with Silver Wings

    Katherine Sharp Landdeck provided a history of the female pilots who served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. This was a virtual event hosted by the National World War II…

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    Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima

    Stephen Walker talked about his book Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima, published by HarperCollins. The book begins with the first atomic bomb test in New Mexico on July 16, 1945, and…

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    Tower of Skulls

    Historian Richard Frank provided the first of a multi-volume history of the Asia-Pacific War, from 1937-1942.

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    In the Cauldron

    Lew Paper talked about his book, In the Cauldron: Terror, Tension, and the American Ambassador’s Struggle to Avoid Pearl Harbor, in which he recounted the efforts of former U.S. Ambassador to…

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    Author Discussion on World War II

    Michael Dobbs, author of The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught in Between; Alex Kershaw, The First Wave: The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II; and…

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