The Filson Presents

The Filson Presents

The Filson Historical Society lecture series brings authors to the public who have made a significant contribution in highlighting our regional and national history.

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Mark Bowden - Hue 1968

56:28 | #204

Journalist Mark Bowden discusses his book Hue 1968 about the battle for the city of Hue during the Vietnam War and its aftermath. Bowden is also the author of the bestselling Black Hawk Down.

Stephen Kinzer the True Flag

56:28 | #203

Stephen Kinzer discusses his book The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire, about the formative events of American imperialism, which sheds new light on understanding the way the United States acts in the world today.

American Prophet

56:28 | #202

The life and work of Louis D. Brandeis, the iconic Supreme Court justice, is explored.

Steve Inskeep - Jacksonland

56:20 | #201

Steve Inskeep, host of NPR's Morning Edition, discusses his new book, Jacksonland, the thrilling narrative history of President Andrew Jackson and Cherokee chief John Ross who led their respective nations at a crossroads of American history.

Danielle Allen

26:27 | #111

Danielle Allen, author and UPS Foundation Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, discusses the Declaration of Independence.

Aaron David Miller

56:29 | #112

Author Aaron David Miller discusses his book, The End of Greatness: Why American Can't Have (and Doesn't Want) Another Great President. The book explores the concept of greatness in the presidency and the ways in which it has become both essential and detrimental to America and the nation's politics. Miller is currently the Vice President for New Initiatives and a Distinguished Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

American Spring: Lexington, Concord and the Road to Revolution

56:34 | #110

Historian Walter Borneman discusses his book, American Spring: Lexington, Concord, and the Road to Revolution, the story of how a decade of discontent erupted into an armed rebellion that forged our nation.

Rose Kennedy: The Life & Times of a Political Matriarch

54:56 | #109

Barbara A. Perry, a leading expert on the Kennedy presidency, talks about Rose Kennedy's legacy and the image she advanced on behalf of her family.

Woodrow Wilson

54:20 | #108

Author A. Scott Berg discusses his book, Wilson, about the life and legacy of President Woodrow Wilson. Long viewed as a cold and aloof intellectual, Wilson is revealed by Berg to be a man of intense passion, emotional turbulence, and hidden political skill.

Rick Atkinson - The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe 1944-1945

53:08 | #107

World War II chronicler Rick Atkinson discusses The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944 - 1945, the third and final book in his Liberation Trilogy.

James McPherson - War on the Waters: The Union and Confederate Navies 1861-1865

56:40 | #106

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson discusses the use of naval forces by the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War.

Pen Bogert - From Brass Bands to Jazz

26:39 | #105

Pen Bogert discusses how free African-Americans led popular string and brass bands in Louisville in the antebellum era, thereby providing a direct link between antebellum music and the origins of jazz in the city.

L. Douglas Keeney - The Pointblank Directive: Three Generals and the Daring Plan that Saved D-Day

55:04 | #104

L. Douglas Keeney, military historian and co-founder of The Military Channel, presents new research about three aviation strategists who were able to sweep the skies clean of the Luftwaffe to gain air superiority over the D-Day beaches.

Estill Curtis Pennington - Country Mice and City Slickers

30:48 | #103

American culture historian Ellis Curtis Pennington compares and contrasts the decorative styles and seminal events of Lexington and Louisville.

Evan Thomas - Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World

28:27 | #102

Author and journalist Evan Thomas discusses his book Ike's Bluff: President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World.

Sallie Bingham's Literary Reflections

27:40 | #101

Kentucky author Sallie Bingham looks back on her family's history through recently found letters and writings.

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