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  • emThe Virginia Dynastyem
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    The Virginia Dynasty

    Former second lady Lynne Cheney chronicled the leadership of four of the first five presidents who hailed from the state of Virginia: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and…

  • emTrumanem
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    Mr. McCullough discussed his book, Truman published by Simon and Schuster. He discussed his research for the book, which is an exhaustive biography of the former president, spanning from a brief…

  • President Fords Pardon of Richard Nixon
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    President Ford's Pardon of Richard Nixon

    Participants in the events talked about President Ford’s decision to pardon Richard Nixon for his involvement in the Watergate scandal. Topics included the possibility of a deal between Ford and Nixon,…

  • emThe Lions Prideem
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    The Lion's Pride

    Edward Renehan talked about the relationship between Theodore Roosevelt and his four sons. Following their father’s military values, all four sons fought in World War I. By the end of the war, one had died…

  • emThe Roosevelt Womenem
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    The Roosevelt Women

    Ms. Caroli talked about her book The Roosevelt Women, published by Basic Books. The book examines the lives of nine women of President Theodore Roosevelt’s family, from his mother to the…

  • emRutherford B Hayesem
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    Rutherford B. Hayes

    Professor Hoogenboom discussed his book, Rutherford B. Hayes: Warrior and President, published by University of Kansas Press. He talked about President Hayes' life and career and compared…

  • emCoolidge An American Enigmaem
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    Coolidge: An American Enigma

    Robert Sobel discussed his biography, Coolidge: An American Enigma, published by Westview Press. The book contradicts the picture of President Calvin Coolidge as a silent, do-nothing…

  • emThe Sacred Fire of Liberty James Madisonem
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    The Sacred Fire of Liberty: James Madison

    Professor Lance Banning discussed his book, The Sacred Fire of Liberty: James Madison and the Founding of the Federal Republic, published by Cornell University Press. The book is a…

  • emOriginal Meaningsem
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    Original Meanings

    Professor Rakove talked about his new book, Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution, published by Knopf. The book won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for history and…

  • emThe Crisis Years Kennedy and Khrushchevem
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    The Crisis Years: Kennedy and Khrushchev

    Mr. Beschloss provided a history of the relations between President John F. Kennedy and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and its impact on the Cold War. Beschloss, a Chicago native, did his…

  • emTheodore Roosevelt A Lifeem
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    Theodore Roosevelt: A Life

    Mr. Miller discussed his biography of President Theodore Roosevelt entitled, Theodore Roosevelt: A Life, published by William Morrow and Company. He spoke on his research into the former…

  • emJohn Adams and the Spirit of Libertyem
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    John Adams and the Spirit of Liberty

    Mr. Thompson talked about his book, John Adams and the Spirit of Liberty, published by the University Press of Kansas. He described President Adams' political and constitutional thoughts,…

  • emThomas Jefferson A Lifeem
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    Thomas Jefferson: A Life

    Professor Willard Sterne Randall discussed his book, Thomas Jefferson: A Life, published by Henry Holt and Company. In the 700-page book, the emphasis is on Jefferson’s years in France as…

  • emThe Last Best Hope of Earth Abraham Lincolnem
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    The Last Best Hope of Earth: Abraham Lincoln]

    Professor Mark Neely spoke about his biography The Last Best Hope of Earth: Abraham Lincoln and the Promise of America, published by Harvard University Press. The title is taken from Lincoln’s…

  • emUlysses S Grant Soldier and Presidentem
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    Ulysses S. Grant: Soldier and President

    Geoffrey Perret talked about his book, Ulysses S. Grant: Soldier and President, published by Random House. The book outlines Grant’s entire life including detailed accounts of his service during…

  • emPetticoat Affairem
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    Petticoat Affair

    John Marszalek talked about his new book, The Petticoat Affair: Manners, Mutiny, and Sex in Andrew Jackson’s White House, published by the Free Press. The book concerns the story of Margaret O’Neale, a daughter of a…

  • emGrand Inquests The Historic Impeachmentsem
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    Grand Inquests: The Historic Impeachments

    Chief Justice Rehnquist described a little history of the U.S. Supreme Court in his book, Grand Inquests: The Historic Impeachments of Justice Samuel Chase and President Andrew Johnson,…

  • emThe Strange Deaths of President Hardingem
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    The Strange Deaths of President Harding

    Professor Ferrell talked about his book, The Strange Deaths of President Harding, published by the University of Missouri Press. Mr. Ferrell discussed the president’s physical death from a…

  • Joseph Ellis on John Adams
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    Passionate Sage: John Adams

    Mr. Ellis discussed the research behind his book, Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams, published by W.W. Norton and Company. Joseph Ellis describes President John Adams as the…

  • emWhat Would Jefferson Sayem
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    What Would Jefferson Say?

    Mr. Sheldon discussed his book What Would Jefferson Say?: What Our Third President Would Think of the World Today - From the Budget Deficit and Race Relations to Freedom of Speech,…

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