10,278Feb 6, 2012
Book Discussion on All In: The Education of General Petraeus
Former Army officer Paula Broadwell talked about David Petraeus' military career and his impact on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. General Petraeus gave her access to himself and his team for ...
5,528May 13, 2010
Book Discussion on Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance
Nouriel Roubini talked about the global financial crisis and the prospects for improving things before the global economy collapses completely. He said that the highly partisan nature of ...
5,051Apr 25, 2011
Book Discussion on The Origins of Political Order
Francis Fukuyama explores the origins and history of government. In the first of a two-part history the author ranges from the development of tribal societies to the earliest modern states in ...
4,175Mar 23, 2010
Book Discussion on The History of White People
Nell Irvin Painter, American history professor emerita at Princeton University, presents a history of white race theory, an 18th century notion created by Northern Europeans that assigned the ideal ...
4,118Jan 24, 2013
Book Discussion on Going Clear
Lawrence Wright, staff writer for the New Yorker, talked about his book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief, in which he reports on the Church of ...
3,430Jun 7, 2011
Book Discussion on Reckless Endangerment
Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner talked about the 2008 financial collapse and the role played by prominent lending and mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. They responded to ...
3,307Aug 24, 2009
Book Discussion on In Fed We Trust
David Wessel talked about his book In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke’s War on the Great Panic (Crown Business; August 4, 2009). In his book the Pulitzer Prize-winning economics editor of the Wall ...
3,020Sep 20, 2011
Book Discussion on Knocking on Heaven's Door
Lisa Randall looked at the contributions that physics and scientific thinking have made to our understanding of the universe. She used slides as she focused on the concept of scale and its ...
3,002Oct 9, 2013
Book Discussion on Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War
Military historian Max Hastings presents a history of the first year of World War I in his book Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War. He examines the diplomatic failings that led to the onset ...
2,754Nov 14, 2012
Book Discussion on Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
Jon Meacham, author of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, recounted the political thinking and career of America’s third president. He examined Jefferson’s relationship with ...
2,599Jan 5, 2009
Book Discussion on The Invention of Air
Steven Johnson talked about The Invention of Air: A Story of Science, Faith, Revolution, and the Birth of America (Riverhead; December 26, 2008). The book recounts the life of Joseph ...
2,585Oct 1, 2010
Book Discussion on The Secret History of MI-6: 1909-1949
Keith Jeffery presented a history of the British Secret Intelligence Service, MI6. The author was given unprecedented access to the MI6 archives to assist in his examination of the organization from ...
2,370Jan 6, 2014
Book Discussion on America's Great Game
Hugh Wilford talked about his book, America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East, in which he recounts the CIA’s early forays in ...
2,348Oct 11, 2011
Book Discussion on The Better Angels of Our Nature
Steven Pinker argued that we are living in the most peaceable era in human existence and that through the spread of government, literacy, trade, and cosmopolitanism, humans have been able to ...
2,275Aug 5, 2008
Book Discussion on How the States Got Their Shapes
Mark Stein talked about his book How States Got Their Shapes (Smithsonian Books/Collins), which explains how American states' borders were drawn and why they have their current ...
2,269Jul 17, 2010
Book Discussion on Pornland
Gail Dines, sociology and women’s studies professor at Wheelock College, presents her research on the social and cultural impact that pornography plays in American society. Ms. Dines ...
2,229Feb 17, 2012
Book Discussion on The Crusader: The Life and Tumultuous Times of Pat Buchanan
In his book Timothy Stanley recounts the personal life and political career of Pat Buchanan. Mr. Stanley recalls Mr. Buchanan’s childhood in Washington, D.C., his work in the ...
2,217Aug 8, 2012
Book Discussion on The Party Is Over
Mike Lofgren, former staff member of the Senate Budget Committee, recounts his 28-year career and what he deems are the current dysfunctional aspects of the federal government and both political ...
2,148Sep 28, 2010
Book Discussion on C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy
Jeff Sharlet, contributing editor for Harper’s and Rolling Stone magazine, examines religious fundamentalism in American politics. Following up on his last book on the ...
2,104Feb 10, 2009
Book Discussion on Great Powers: America and the World After Bush
Thomas P.M. Barnett talked about his book Great Powers:America and the World After Bush (Putnam Adult; February 5, 2009). He talked about the challenges and opportunities facing the United ...
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