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    Book Discussion on A Slave in the White House

    Elizabeth Dowling Taylor recounts the life of Paul Jennings, born into slavery on the plantation of James and Dolley Madison in 1799 and later a member of the household staff of President Madison. The…

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    Book Discussion on Mark Twain's America

    Harry Katz talked about his book Mark Twain’s America: A Celebration in Words and Images, a collection of photographs, illustrations, and newspaper clippings that depicts the world that inspired Mark…

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    Book Discussion on The Woman Behind the New Deal

    Kirstin Downey talked about her biography The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR’s Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience (Nan A. Talese; March 3, 2009). Frances…

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    Book Discussion on Presidential Campaign Posters

    A look at the history of Presidential Campaign Posters. The editors of a Library of Congress book on the topic use examples of posters from their vast collections to discuss the differences…

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    Book Discussion on King of the Lobby

    Kathryn Jacob, curator of manuscripts at Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library, recalls the political life of Sam Ward who during the mid-19th century was the most powerful lobbyist in Washington, DC.…

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    Book Discussion on Master of the Senate

    Mr. Caro talked about his book, Master of the Senate, published by Knopf. In this third volume of his multi-volume biography, The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Mr. Caro covered events and…

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    Book Discussion on Following the Drum

    Nancy K. Loane talked about her book, Following the Drum: Women at the Valley Forge Encampment. In a book based on a decade of research, she describes some of the women who lived in the…

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    National Collegiate Book Collecting Ceremony

    A ceremony was held to award the winners of the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest. The annual contest recognizes “outstanding book collecting efforts by college and university students” and “aims to encourages young collectors to become…

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    Calvin Coolidge and His Approach to Politics

    Senator Patrick Leahy and Governor Jim Douglas talked about former President Calvin Coolidge’s “civil approach to politics,” and the need for more of his approach in contemporary political debate. President Coolidge’s…

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    Book Discussion on Flight from Monticello

    Michael Kranish, a reporter in the Washington bureau of The Boston Globe, recounts the ideological and political maturation of Thomas Jefferson. Mr. Kranish examines Jefferson’s election to…

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    Book Discussion on The Fourth Part of the World

    Toby Lester talked about his book The Fourth Part of the World: The Race to the Ends of the Earth, and the Epic Story of the Map That Gave America Its Name (Free Press, November 3, 2009). Up until the early 1500s,…

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    Book Discussion on Fields of Vision

    Army Colonel Butch Kievenaar, commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, spoke by live remote from Iraq about ongoing security operations in Iraq to reporters in the…

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    Discussion on Writing with Stephen King

    Authors Stephen, Tabitha, and Owen King discussed their writing with Washington, D.C., area high school students. After all the authors read from their works they took questions from the students. Tabitha…

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    Book Discussion on Ralph Ellison: A Biography

    Arnold Rampersad talked about his book Ralph Ellison: A Biography, published by Knopf. Professor Rampersad researched the life of Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man, whose meditations on African-American…

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    Book Discussion on The American Civil War: 365 Days

    Margaret Wagner and Gary Gallagher talked about the book The American Civil War: 365 Days. Written by Ms. Wagner, with an introduction by Civil War historian Gary Gallagher, the book was published by…

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    Women's National Book Association Award

    Nancy Pearl will receive the 2004 Women’s National Book Association award for extraordinary contributions to the world of books and talk about her love of books and reading. The fiftieth recipient of the…

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    Book Discussion on Millicent Fenwick: Her Way

    Ms. Schapiro talked about her first book Millicent Fenwick: Her Way (Rutgers University Press; February 12, 2003). Ms. Fenwick began her career at Vogue magazine where she worked for fourteen years before…

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    Book Discussion on War Letters

    Recently an Armed Services Edition of War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars was published by Washington Square Press and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. To celebrate…

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    Everybody Wins! When Adults Read with Children

    First Lady Laura Bush was the guest of honor at this celebration of reading hosted by “Everybody Wins!,” an nonprofit organization that invites adults to become “reading partners” with…

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    Book Discussion on Tournament of Shadows

    The authors talked about their book, Tournament of Shadows: The Great Game and Race for Empire in Central Asia (A Cornelia and Michael Bessie Book), published by Counterpoint Press. The…

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