Frances Dinkelspiel, Author, Towers of Gold Ethan Rarick, Author, Desperate Passage: The Donner Party's Perilous Journey Rick Wartzman, Author, Obscene in the Extreme: The Burning and Banning of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath Julia Flynn Siler, Author, House of Mondavi - Moderator Read more »
What makes Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address the most admired speech in American history? In just two minutes (and 272 words), this speech changed a nation and the course of history. Fleming helps us learn the techniques of eloquence and inspiration from Lincoln in one of the most-quoted speeches in U.S. history.
This program was recorded in front of a live audience at The Commonwealth Club on February 12, 2009.
The Surprising History of the Pledge of Allegiance
Shelley Lapkoff, Ph.D., Demographer
We memorize it at an early age and repeat it at public gatherings, but few know the real story behind the Pledge of Allegiance. In this national election year, when words and phrases like “patriotism” and “under God” invoke heated discussion, Lapkoff provides an intriguing and insightful glimpse of our broader social, economic and political history through the lens of this enshrined collective oath. Read more »
Russian professor Lilia Shevtsova (Senior Associate at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) speaks to the Club about all things Russia. Her book is Russia, Lost in Transition: The Yelsten & Putin Legacies
This program was recorded live on October 16, 2007.
Jonathan Alter is Senior Editor of Newsweek Magazine, Contributing Correspondent for NBC News and Author of "The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope."
Mr. Alter explains why he believes the beleaguered Bush Administration should lookd to FDR's presidential legacy for help and guidance. A correspondent for the last six presidential elections, Alter takes us through FDR's ambitious mission to resurrect a nation on the brink of collapse, and reveals how his first months in office helped shape the society we live in today. Read more »