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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

The Pentagon bought tens of thousands of copies of a new book called Operation Dark Heart in order to destroy them on national security grounds. The author, Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Shaffer, explains why, and tells what he witnessed in the war in Afghanistan. Then, Jett Williams, Hank Williams’ daughter, talks about a new collection of the country music pioneer's recordings. Also, Joseph O’Neill talks about his grandfathers—one Turkish, one Irish—who were both imprisoned for suspected subversion during World War II. Plus, award-winning historian Ron Chernow discusses George Washington.

Operation Dark Heart

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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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, 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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Washington: A Life

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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Guest Picks: Jett Williams

What is Jett Williams, son of Hank Williams, listening to right now? Find out what he told us after his recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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