D-Day marked the commencement of the final campaign of the European war. Two authors tell the tale of the riveting series of events from the brutal fight in Normandy, the liberation of Paris, the disaster that was Operation Market Garden, the horrific Battle of the Bulge, and finally the thrust to the heart of the Third Reich.
Session 1: From Dutch Backwater to the UN Featuring: Mike Wallace
World War II was the culmination of a more than 300-year trajectory, which catapulted New York from the edge of the world to its center. Not only did the city become the home of the United Nations, but it emerged as the cultural and economic seat of an American new-style empire.
At the center of the debate over American intervention in World War II were the two most famous men in America: President Franklin D. Roosevelt and aviator Charles Lindbergh. The stakes could not have been higher; the combatants were larger than life. Join us for a frank discussion of the bitter clash that divided the nation, with the future of democracy and the fate of the free world hanging in the balance.
At the end of World War II, the Soviet Union found itself in control of a huge swath of territory in Eastern Europe. Stalin and his secret police set out to convert a dozen radically different countries to Communism, a completely new political and moral system. Anne Applebaum and Jacob Weisberg discuss the lost civilization of the Soviet bloc, its cruelty, paranoia, and broken-down morality.
Edmund Morris, the distinguished biographer and author of a new collection of literary essays, speaks about James Gould Cozzens’s great war novel Guard of Honor. Cozzens, born in New York in 1903, has been unjustly forgotten. But since 1948, when Guard of Honor won the Pulitzer Prize, a consistent body of criticism has held it to be the supreme piece of American fiction emerging from World War II. Although it rises to a shocking climax, it is primarily a study in the morality of war.
Joseph Patrick Kennedy was the patriarch of America’s greatest political dynasty. An indomitable and elusive figure, his dreams of advancement for his nine children were matched only by his extraordinary personal ambition and shrewd financial skills. Focusing on his experiences during World War II, celebrated historian David Nasaw brings to life Joseph P. Kennedy’s story from unrestricted and exclusive access to the Joseph P. Kennedy papers.
Join us for a fresh, modern look at one of the most riveting figures of the twentieth century: Dwight D. Eisenhower. In this program, trace Ike’s path from his days as a young dreamer in small-town Kansas to a frustrated apprentice under Douglas MacArthur, through the Allied war councils of World War II and all the way to the White House.
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World-renowned novelist Ken Follett discusses his latest book. Set against the backdrop of the international upheavals of the 1930s and 1940s, Winter of the World chronicles the experiences of five interrelated families living in a time of enormous social, political and economic turmoil from the rise of the Third Reich up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs.