Revolution of Hope

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Monday, October 08, 2007

Mexico's Vicente Fox reflects on his remarkable presidency. Then Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Russo discusses his new novel set in Upstate New York. Also, an ivory expert fills us in on how DNA technology can help catch elephant poachers. And two historians share their latest books, one comparing the American and French Revolutions and the other illuminating the turbulent first decades of our nation's history.

Revolution of Hope

When Vicente Fox swept into office in 2000, he broke the dictatorial one-party rule that had strangled Mexico for over seventy years. As president, he steered the country's fragile young democracy through tough times, fighting corruption and ushering in six years of economic stability and reform in health care, education, ...

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Bridge of Sighs

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo is famous for crafting detailed portraits of small town life in America. Bridge of Sighs follows the fortunes of three struggling families in a fading industrial town in Upstate New York as their lives intertwine, for better or worse.

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DNA and Elephant Poaching

Ivory poaching is on the rise again in Africa, and black-market sales of elephant tusks are at an all-time high. Now the fight against poachers has extended to the science lab. Dr. Samuel Wasser, an ivory expert at the Center for Conservation Biology at the University of Washington, will explain ...


For Liberty and Glory

Thirteen years after the American Revolution, rebels in France began to fight their own war for freedom. James R. Gaines's For Liberty and Glory illuminates the connections between the two Revolutions, emphasizing the strong influence their leaders had on one another.

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The Great Upheaval

The Revolution won, America's Founding Fathers did not get to spend the 1790s simply setting up their new republic. Jay Winik's The Great Upheaval describes how extraordinary events at home and across the world in Russia, France, and Egypt tested the young nation and shaped our history for centuries to ...

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