Two Cover to Cover Author Programs in August!

Monday, August 06, 2018 8:52 AM | Anonymous

August 3, 2018

Cover to Cover summer reads - and conversations - will transport you to Kyrgyzstan and Cuba...

Wednesday, August 8, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET

Cover to Cover with author Jeffrey Lilley

Have the Mountains Fallen?

After surviving the blitzkrieg of World War II and escaping from three Nazi prison camps, Soviet soldier Azamat Altay fled to the West and was charged as a traitor in his homeland of Kyrgyzstan in Soviet Central Asia.

Meanwhile, Chingiz Aitmatov became a hero of Kyrgyzstan, propelled by family loss to write novels about the everyday lives of his fellow citizens.

Altay became the voice of democracy on Radio Liberty, broadcasting back into his shuttered homeland, while Aitmatov rose through the ranks of Soviet society, a quiet rebel whose prose masked ugly truths about Soviet communism. Yet just as they seemed to be pulled apart by the divisions of the Cold War, they found their lives intersecting in compelling ways, joined by a common mission to save their people. 

Jeffrey Lilley, in his new book, Have the Mountains Fallen?: Two Journeys of Loss and Redemption in the Cold War, traces the lives of these two men as they confronted the full threat and legacy of the Soviet empire. Through penetrating narratives of a homeland forever changed, a clearer picture emerges of the struggle for freedom inside the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Join our conference call Wednesday, August 8, at 2:00-2:30 pm ET.

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Wednesday, August 22, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET

Cover to Cover with Ambassador Vicki Huddleston

Our Woman in Havana

Peeling back the "Sugar Curtain" to examine several decades of stormy relations between the U.S. and Cuba, Vicki Huddleston, the top diplomat in Havana under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, provides an essential memoir.

Huddleston recounts missed opportunities for detente and the myths and misconceptions that have long pervaded the U.S.-Cuban standoff. Her perspectives on the Obama administration's diplomatic opening of 2014, the mysterious "sonic" brain and hearing injuries suffered by American and Canadian diplomats who were serving in Havana, and the Trump administration's reversal of the Obama opening, are nuanced and well presented.

Huddleston also peers into the future, when for the first time in more than six decades no one named Castro will be Cuba's leader.

Join our conference call Wednesday, August 22, at 2:00-2:30 pm ET.

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Coming up on September 11:

Cover to Cover on 9/11 will feature a conversation with C.J. Chivers, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent for the New York Times, on his new book, The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq.



 

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