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find emphasis of the master crossbreeding with slaves? >> i did not. i looked for it everywhere. i can't say that i'm sure it occurred, but given the likelihood, i would say it may well have done. i did not find any. that's all i can say. anybody else? all right. [applause] >> i'd like to say a special thanks tomorrow to his field of this whole adventure we have had this afternoon. you've done a marvelous job, so give her a hand, to. [applause] >> thank you for that. that was phenomenal and it's
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nice to see the sun has finally been beaten from its submission or else people would move. that was wonderful. thank you so much for being here today. there's a loss in the this property is no longer being handed down in the same way it has been since 1652, but the advantage is that there is an organization here now that is dedicated to preserving, down from 8000 acres to the remaining 243. and making sure that we don't lose another one. and there is an organic farm that is planted here. we have history programming. we have plans to preserve the house, plans to restore cornelia and alice's gardens. and so while history and the narrative sort of comes to a sort of clothes and there is a loss in fact, there's something really exciting about the future that we expect to continue here for a very long time. i invite you all to come back.
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we are open roughly alternate saturdays until it's too cold to do that. mac's book proves one thing to one in particular is that there is a spiraling history but it goes off in all these incredible directions, and we are really looking forward to sharing the stories with all of you in the future, generations to come, so we thank you for today. please sign up for the book signing which is going to be right over here. mac will be sitting right here at this table. we look forward to signing books. and please do come see us again and again. thank you, mac. >> thank you, maura. that was lovely. [applause] >> i'm going to take my spot over there. >> and for more information visit the author's website, macgriswold.com. >> i'm very pleased to present
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to this audience my new book, portraits of five remarkable wives. as it was said about writing letters, it's more difficult to write a short been a long one. my book is short, and it attempts to capture sights, sounds, and smells of the great era of 1937-1938, through the eyes of five women caught up in extraordinary circumstances. i wish to thank collectively my friends and colleagues at the hoover institution, the hoover institution library and archives, the hoover press, without which this book could not have been written. so there's to many here to thank them individually so i would like to thank you collectively. now, to the book itself, i said
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this before but it's a good way to introduce the topic. sal and is purported to have said that death of one person is a tragedy. the death of a million is a statistic. those of us who study soviet russia fall into the trap. we think we can convince people of stalin's evil by citing civilians who died. and its famines, the hundreds of thousands shot during the great care, 37, 38, and the millions of men, women and children who sat in his concentration camps and special settlements. stalin's many admirers in today's russia, and even the west, admit that stalin may have
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done some bad things, but if you look at it in its totality, maybe it was worth it. today, stalin as among the most admired figures in contemporary russia, which may be hard for us to believe. my story transporters from the statistics to the tragedies. they tell us that overwhelmingly victims were ordinary people, confused why they've been singled out. they tell us to find dividing lines between perpetrator and victim, unlike hitler's germany, the executioner became the executed. their stories tell us that the wives and children of the repressed could contaminate
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others, and they had to be isolated from society also. each part of my book begins with stalin's office, as he and his henchmen finalize their degrees of repression. i then follow these degrees as they filtered down through our five families. in this presentation i believe stalin out. that's for you to read about when you buy the book. i want instead introduce you to for of my five women. you have to read the book to learn about the fifth. my women were not selected any scientific fashion but rather, i read through hundreds, probably more than hundreds of unpublished memoirs, primarily collected by the foundation.
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until i found objects to describe in enough detail their lives during and after the gulags. i did not want to write a story about women behind barbed wires. rather, i want to get to know each family and to share their tragedy with my readers. >> you can watch this and other programs online at booktv.org. >> here's a look at some books that are being published this week.
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>> look for these titles in bookstores this coming week, and watch for the authors in the near future on the booktv and on booktv.org. >> during booktv's coverage of this year's national book
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festival, biographer david nuzzo spoke about joseph kennedy. spent finally, kennedy couldn't figure out the mind games, whether churchill was teasing him or was so drunk that he forgot from the day before that kennedy didn't drink. they dislike one another intensely but the war was over. there had been an intense suffering, and churchill said the kennedy, he held out his hand and he said, i'm so sorry for your loss. joe, jr. had died during the war, and churchill was sincere. and he said to churchill, what good was it all? and churchill looked at him, and believing, world war ii had destroyed, and churchill's "mein kampf" hitler and mussolini and the dick daters. it had saved democracy. it had saved western civilization, so churchill thought.
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and kennedy blazed hatred at him. >> booktv is the only national television network devoted to nonfiction books every weekend, and this fall we are marking 15 years of booktv on c-span2. .. >> c-span, created by america's cable companies in 1979,ro

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