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  • Bestselling author Kati Marton discusses her new true-life thriller detailing her family’s activities in Budapest during Nazi and Communist regimes.
    Kati Marton: Enemies of the People
    Tuesday, October 27, 2009
    Central Library

    Bestselling author Kati Marton discusses her new true-life thriller Enemies of the People: My Family's Journey to America.

  • Historian John Ferling reveals the George Washington that no one knows: A canny infighter, master of persuasion and one of America’s most adroit politicians.
    John Ferling: The Ascent of George Washington
    Thursday, October 22, 2009
    Plaza Branch
    Recommended reading:
    George Washington:
    Recent Books

    Bestselling historian John Ferling inaugurates the Library's Presidential Series with a talk based on his newest book, The Ascent of George Washington: The Hidden Political Genius of an American Icon.

  • Author and historian Ron Smith discusses his new book about the man best known in Kansas City for issuing the controversial General Order No. 11, forcibly removing Confederate sympathizers in rural western Missouri.
    Thomas Ewing Jr.: Frontier Lawyer and Civil War General
    Wednesday, October 21, 2009
    Central Library

    Historian Ron Smith discusses his new book Thomas Ewing Jr.: Frontier Lawyer and Civil War General.

    Smith takes readers back to Bleeding Kansas, with its border ruffians and land speculators, to show how Thomas Ewing Jr. and his family played pivotal roles in the history of Kansas, Missouri, and the nation.

  • Richard Serrano tells the story of his grandfather’s murder and its cover-up – with links to political boss Tom Pendergast and other colorful characters
    My Grandfather's Prison: Death and Deceit in 1940s Kansas City
    Sunday, October 18, 2009
    Central Library

    Investigative journalist Richard Serrano tells the story of his grandfather’s murder and its cover-up—with links to political boss Tom Pendergast and other colorful characters.

    A drunk living on Kansas City's skid row, James Patrick Lyons was arrested 80 times for public intoxication. On the night of his last arrest, he was taken to the city jail and held in solitary confinement. The next morning he was dead. Officials said it was natural causes—yet they could not explain his broken neck.

  • Adrian Goldsworthy addresses  a great historical question in his presentation based on his  monumental new work, How  Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower.
    Adrian Goldsworthy: How Rome Fell
    Thursday, October 15, 2009
    Central Library

    Adrian Goldsworthy addresses perhaps the greatest of all historical questions in a presentation based on his monumental new work, How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower.

    In AD 200, the Roman Empire seemed unassailable. Its vast territory accounted for most of the known world. By the end of the fifth century, Roman rule had vanished in Western Europe and much of North Africa, and only a shrunken Eastern Empire remained. What accounts for this improbable decline?

  • The Cato Institute’s Bob Levy discusses how the judiciary may have become the most dangerous branch of government.
    Bob Levy: The Dirty Dozen
    Tuesday, October 13, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    The Supreme Court

    Author Bob Levy makes the case that the judiciary has actually represented one of the greatest threats to American freedom as he discusses his new book The Dirty Dozen: How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom.

  • Robert Wallace, former director of the CIA’s Office of Technical Service, traces the development of modern spy gear and discusses how American technology revolutionized the “spygame.”
    Robert Wallace: Spycraft
    Thursday, October 8, 2009
    Central Library

    Robert Wallace, the former director of the CIA’s Office of Technical Service, discusses his new book Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA’s Spytechs from Communism to Al-Qaeda.

    Spycraft tells the story of how technology that would not appear in the public marketplace until decades later was often used to further the American intelligence-gathering cause. The book traces the development of spy gear from secret writing and bugging devices to subminiature cameras and covert internet communications.

  • Legal scholar David Atkinson traces the evolving role and increasing politicization of the Supreme Court.
    David Atkinson: Appointing the Supreme Court: From Truman to Obama
    Monday, October 5, 2009
    Plaza Branch

    David Atkinson of the University of Missouri-Kansas City presents Appointing the Supreme Court: From Truman to Obama.

    During the last 65 years, the appointment of Supreme Court justices has developed into one of the most controversial and divisive constitutional responsibilities of a U.S. president.

  • The award-winning choreographer discusses the Kansas City Ballet’s production of her Splendid Isolation III.
    Jessica Lang: Choreographer
    Monday, October 5, 2009
    Central Library

    Critically acclaimed and award-winning choreographer Jessica Lang presents the first of three programs brought to the Library by the Kansas City Ballet. The series features luminaries in the field of dance and is being held in conjunction with the company's 2009-2010 season.

    Lang will stage a production of her Splendid Isolation III for the Kansas City Ballet's fall performance at the Lyric Theatre, October 15-18. The dance is new and includes music by Gustav Mahler.

  • Artist Glenn Goldberg and art historian Elisabeth Kirsch discuss Goldman’s works and creative process.  Moderated by curator Sean Kelley.
    Lester Goldman: Flights of Fancy Fulfilled
    Friday, October 2, 2009
    Central Library

    Artist Glenn Goldberg and art historian Elisabeth Kirsch will discuss the exhibit Lester Goldman: Flights of Fancy Fulfilled. Sean Kelley, the Library’s volunteer chief curator of art, will moderate the discussion, which complements the Library’s exhibit of Goldman’s paintings and ceramics in the Library’s North Gallery. Many works have never been on public display.