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  • John Quincy Adams Debate
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    John Quincy Adams Debate

    James Traub, author of John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit, and historian and columnist Robert Kagan debated the question, “Was John Quincy Adams a realist?”

  • QA with James Traub
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    Q&A with James Traub

    James Traub talked about his book, John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit. Mr. Traub described the former president’s relationships with his parents, wife, and children; the extensive diary President…

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    John Quincy Adams

    James Traub talked about his book John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit, in which he remembers the life of America’s sixth president. The son of Founding Father and President John Adams, John…

  • Obama Administration Foreign Policy
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    Obama Administration Foreign Policy

    James Traub talked about the Obama administration’s policies on foreign affairs, and he responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Topics included the administration’s handing of…

  • Vice President Bidens Role
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    Vice President Biden's Role

    James Traub talked about his November 29, 2009, New York Times Magazine cover story, “After Cheney: Joe Biden Could Be the Second Most Powerful Vice President in History.” The story examines the vice…

  • The War over American Ideals
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    The War over American Ideals

    Panelists talked about the implications of the war on terrorism on America’s standing in the world and the credibility of the exportation of American ideals. They talked about the origin and creation…

  • emThe Best Intentionsem
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    The Best Intentions

    James Traub talked about his book The Best Intentions: Kofi Annan and the UN in the Era of American World Power, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He discussed Kofi Annan’s successes…

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    The Devil's Playground: Times Square

    Mr. Traub talked about his book The Devil’s Playground: A Century of Pleasure and Profit in Times Square, published by Random House. The book chronicled the history of the New York City landmark…

  • US Peacekeeping Missions
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    U.S. Peacekeeping Missions

    Mr. Traub talked via video link from New York City about the results of U.S. involvement in various peacekeeping missions, and how lessons learned may apply to activities in Afghanistan and Iraq.…

  • emToo Good To Be Trueem
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    Too Good To Be True

    Mr. Traub discussed his book, Too Good To Be True. The book focused on the scandals that surrounded a defense contracting firm, Wedtech. Wedtech began as a small hardware company that grew…