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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Greg Farrell gives a “fly-on-the-wall” account of the fall and sale of Merrill Lynch. Then Ivana Lowell talks about growing up in an eccentric family—Caroline Blackwood was her mother and Robert Lowell was her stepfather. Also, Mary Owen, Donna Reed’s daughter, talks about the enduring appeal of Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Plus, we’ll learn about the men behind McKim, Mead & White—one of the most influential architectural firms of the early 20th century!

Greed, Hubris, the Fall of Merrill Lynch

Greg Farrell gives a fly-on-the-wall account of the fall and sale of Merrill Lynch: a firm that revolutionized the stock market by bringing Wall Street to Main Street. Crash of the Titans: Greed, Hubris, the Fall of Merrill Lynch, and the Near-Collapse of Bank of America looks at what caused Merrill Lynch to collapse and what this story of greed, hubris, and incompetence tells us about the culture of Wall Street. The book is a financial thriller based on never-before-revealed information.

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Ivana Lowell on Why Not Say What Happened

Ivana Lowell tells the story of being born into the Guinnesses, one of the most celebrated Anglo-Irish families, and coming to terms with her blue-blood heritage and her own childhood traumas. Her memoir Why Not Say What Happened tells the story of her relationship with her complicated mother, the writer Caroline Blackwood, and her stepfather, the poet Robert Lowell. The book also looks at her stints in rehab, and the family secrets she discovered.

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Mary Owen on "It's a Wonderful Life"

The movie "It's a Wonderful Life," Frank Capra’s paean to small-town values, is a classic story of redemption and second chances. The film returns to IFC Center for a nine-day engagement from December 17-26.  Mary Owen talks about the career of her mother, Donna Reed, who starred in the film with James Stewart, and why this film has touched audiences so deeply over the years.

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Triumvirate: McKim, Mead & White

Architectural and social historian Mosette Broderick discusses the lives of Charles McKim, William Mead, and Stanford White—who created the most influential, far-reaching architectural firm of its time. Triumvirate: McKim, Mead & White: Art, Architecture, Scandal, and Class in America's Gilded Age tells the story of their world and times, and the buildings they built:including houses for the Astors and the Vanderbilts, Trinity Church in Boston, Judson Memorial Baptist Church in New York, the Boston Public Library, the original Pennsylvania Station in New York City, the arch in Washington Square, and Columbia University and New York University.

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