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Friday, November 26, 2010

Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Shaffer talks about what really went on—and went wrong—in Afghanistan. Jett Williams, Hank Williams’ daughter, discusses the much anticipated 16-disc collector's boxed set, the “Hank Williams Complete Mother’s Best Recordings…Plus.” Then, Joseph O’Neill, author of Netherland, tells a fascinating and personal family history. Also, National Book Award winner Ron Chernow discusses the father of our nation.

Anthony Shaffer: On the Frontlines of Afghanistan

Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Shaffer was part of the “dark side of the force” in Afghanistan, the shadowy elements of the U.S. government that function outside the bounds of the normal system. In Operation Dark Heart: Spycraft and Special Ops on the Frontlines of Afghanistan and the Path to Victory, he tells the story of what really went on—and went wrong— in Afghanistan. He also addresses why the Pentagon has destroyed copies of the book.

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Jett Williams on "Hank Williams Complete Mother’s Best Recordings…Plus"

Jett Williams, Hank Williams’ daughter, spent more than 30 years confirming her father's true identity. She discusses that and the much anticipated “Hank Williams Complete Mother’s Best Recordings…Plus,” a 16-disc collector’s boxed set that contains 72 complete 15-minute radio shows, featuring 143 performances by Hank Williams, together with conversations.

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Blood-Dark Track: Joseph O’Neill’s Family History

Joseph O’Neill, author of the novel Netherland, tells a personal family history. His grandfathers—one Turkish, one Irish—were both imprisoned during the Second World War. In Blood-Dark Track: A Family History, he traces their stories, set against the history of the last century's most inhuman events.

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Ron Chernow on George Washington

Although George Washington inspires reverence, he remains lifeless and one-dimensional for many Americans. National Book Award winner Ron Chernow breaks the stereotype of Washington and paints a portrait of him as a canny political genius who knew how to inspire people in Washington: A Life; a groundbreaking work based on massive research.

Washington A Life

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