The son of a World War II veteran and himself a decorated former Marine who fought a year in Vietnam, Karl Marlantes based his first two books on his military and post-military experiences. In Deep River, he draws movingly from his roots in a small logging town in the Pacific Northwest.
The legend of George S. Patton is one of triumph touched by controversy. He delivered both in the Mediterranean theater of World War II, setting the stage for the campaign that would cement his name in the pantheon of American military history: the 1944-45 invasion and liberation of Western Europe.
He has been the face of Kansas City for eight years. Now, as Sly James completes his second and mandatory final term as mayor, he looks back on a life that took him from his upbringing in a segregated working-class neighborhood to military service in the Marines, a groundbreaking legal career, and ultimately the 29th floor of City Hall.
Kansas City-based kid rocker and Library favorite Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove takes audience members on an extraterrestrial musical adventure through the Milky Way as part of the Library’s 2019 Summer Reading Program, Dare to Discover. Learn about the planets in our solar system, and become a member of the Alien All-Star Band.
What does film tell us about our fascination with and perception of the moon? University of Missouri-Kansas City film studies professor Mitch Brian explores the question, walking through Hollywood’s depiction of space flight and lunar landings using clips from silent movies, blockbuster classics, and documentaries. His presentation is part of the Library’s 2019 Summer Reading Program: Dare to Discover.
Military historian Harry S. Laver of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College looks back at Paris’ deliverance in 1944 from more than four years of German occupation and brutality. It didn’t come easily.
Less than one week after taking office, new Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas joins veteran KMBC television news reporter Micheal Mahoney in looking back at Lucas’ decisive election-day win and ahead to the business of running the city in which he grew up.