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HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY: WRITERS PAM JENOFF JESSICA SHATTUCK

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As we commemorate HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show we visit with two authors best known for their Holocaust historical fiction, New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff and New York Times Notable Author and PEN finalist Jessica Shattuck.

Holocaust Remembrance DayFor Pam Jenoff it all began with the astonishing success of her THE KOMMANDANT’S GIRL the World War II heartrending, Quill-nominated International Bestseller. Many successful books later she comes to us with her new title, THE ORPHAN’S TALE, already on the New York Times Bestseller List. THE ORPHAN’S TALE is set amid the unconventional world of a traveling circus, the novel bringing together two women—both refugees from their own pasts and each attempting to live under the radar during the Nazi incursion. Drawing on a little a little-known, real-life Nazi-run program, the Lebensborn Program, in which Jewish babies were ripped from their families and sent by train to concentration camps and the circuses of the era that sheltered Jews during the War, THE ORPHAN’S TALE exposes the light in the shadows of World War II.

Holocaust Remembrance DayAuthor Jessica Shattuck’s grandparents were Nazi’s. She admitted the truth in a recent New York Times op ed. “My grandparents were Nazis,” Shattuck wrote. “It took me until recently to be able to say — or write — this.” It was when Shattuck came upon a picture of her grandfather in his Nazi uniform that Shattuck could no longer deny the truth, even though she had had and loved her grandmother who Shattuck says did not seem temperamentally suited to hate. Understanding why and how this woman Shattuck knew and loved was swept up in a movement that became synonymous with evil led to Shattuck’s writing her gripping new novel THE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE (currently on the New York Times Bestseller List). Turbulent, disturbing, fraught, haunting, THE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE provides rarely seen insight into the lives of ordinary Germans during the Nazi era, providing a perspective rarely examined in the voluminous literature of the Second World War.

Holocaust Remembrance Day, Nazi, Germany, World War II, historical fiction, Jewish literature two interesting conversations with bestselling authors Pam Jenoff and Jessica Shattuck on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, April 19, the podcast posted 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

WAS ERNEST HEMINGWAY A SPY FOR RUSSIA?

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Trump, Russia, spies, crime, writer Ernest Hemingway? We bring them all together on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, March 29 when joining Halli at her table is Nicholas Reynolds author of the controversial new book that says Ernest Hemingway was a Russian spy, WRITER, SAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY: ERNEST HEMINGWAY’S SECRET ADVENTURES 1935-1961 and the editor of the riveting BOOK OF CRIME: MORE THAN 166 YEARS COVERING THE BEAT, Kevin Flynn.

Ernest Hemingway is surely one of our greatest American writers, whose life has been mapped to the fullest. But despite the gazillion words written about Hemingway now comes new insight into one of the most famous lives in literature. In his new book WRITER, SAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY Nicholas Reynold’s reveals a secret that  during World War II, Hemingway became a spy for Soviet intelligence and tried to spy for the U.S., too. While he was the historian at the CIA Museum, Reynolds, a longtime CIA officer, former Marine colonel, and Oxford-trained historian, began to discover tantalizing clues that suggested Hemingway’s involvement in World War II-era intelligence work was much more complex and fraught with risks than has been previously understood. He brings the secret to life for the first time, Hemingway’s recruitment by Soviet spies in the NKVD (the forerunner to the KGB) followed by relationships with the US Department of State, the Office of Naval Intelligence, and the American OSS (the precursor to the CIA) —to say nothing of his long-running conflict with the FBI.

ernest hemingway crime russia spyFor 166 years, THE NEW YORK TIMES has been a rich source of information about CRIME, its reporters racing alongside tabloids to track the shocking incidents that disrupt daily life.  Now in a fascinating compilation, edited by seasoned Times crime-beat veteran Kevin Flynn, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK OF CRIME, captures the full sweep of the newspaper’s coverage of the subject of crime from the assassinations of icons like Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, and Malcolm X to the deadly trails left behind by serial killers like the Son of Sam and Jeffrey Dahmer. Who can forget the Manson murders, bank heists by Dillinger, art heists and white-collar crimes from Ponzi to Madoff? Flynn brings us them all, including crimes of passion, heists, kidnapping, murders, the mob and more. This is a book that appeals to the voyeur in us all.

Trump, Ernest Hemingway, Russia, CIA, FBI, KGB, the New York Times, crime, murder, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show posts new podcasts Wednesdays, 3 pm ET at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

NATIONAL PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY HISTORIANS KATHRYN SMITH, MARC WORTMAN

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For nearly 17 months on the campaign trail, Trump did what no American politician had attempted in a generation, with defiant flair. Instead of painting a bright vision for a unified future, he magnified the divisions of the present, inspiring new levels of anger and fear within his country.

As we commemorate National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor we return to history and World War II with two important stories when journalist Kathryn Smith, author of THE GATEKEEPER: MISSY LEHAND, FDR AND THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE PARTNERSHIP THAT DEFINED A PRESIDENCY and historian Marc Wortman, author of 1941, FIGHTING THE SHADOW WAR join Halli on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, 3 pm ET at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

In THE GATEKEEPER, Journalist Kathryn Smith tells the story of Marguerite  Alice “Missy” LeHand the savvy personal secretary President Franklin Delano Roosevelt considered one of the most vital, and certainly one of the most loyal members of his inner circle. Missy fulfilled the crucial duties of Chief of Staff long before the position was formally created, working with FDR for more than twenty years, starting from his first failed Vice Presidential campaign in 1920, through his time as governor of New York, and for almost a decade in the White House. She was also FDR’s confidante (lover?), his support when he contracted polio, and his close friend. People in Washington, D.C., knew one indisputable truth: if you wanted to get to FDR, you had to go through Missy.

1941 Fighting the Shadow War National Pearl Harbor Remembrance DayA divided America? A country reluctant to go to war? A country turning its back on genocide? The year 2016? No, the year 1941, the focus of historian Marc Wortman’s book 1941, FIGHTING THE SHADOW WAR. Conventional wisdom dictates that the US entered World War II in retaliation for the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 8, 1941. Historian Marc Wortman sees it another way, revealing the ways in which America played an increasingly significant and clandestine role in the war in the months and years prior to officially joining the battle. Churchill, Lindbergh, the Roosevelt family, FDR advisor and emissary Harry Hopkins, journalists William Shirer and Philip Johnson, Wortman weaves the smart, suspenseful history that reads like an epic novel.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, history, politics, Pearl Harbor, isolationism, anti-Semitism, plagiarism, Republicans, Democrats…tune in to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, December 7, 3 pm ET at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

WORLD WAR II WITH MARC WORTMAN & FOUR BROADS TALKING™

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A divided America? A country reluctant to go to war? A country turning its back on genocide? The year 2016? No, the year 1941, the subject  World War II the focus of historian Marc Wortman’s new book 1941, FIGHTING THE SHADOW WAR, our guest on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, 3 pm ET, along with our favorite panel of social and political pundits, our smart, feisty, fabulous, fun, Four Broads Talking™ Lisa Schiffren, Suzanna Andrews, Sheila Weller and our host Halli Casser-Jayne.

Conventional wisdom dictates that the US entered World War II in retaliation for the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 8, 1941. Historian Marc Wortman sees it another way. In his new book 1941: FIGHTING THE SHADOW WAR, A DIVIDED AMERICA IN A WORLD AT WAR Wortman compellingly reveals the ways in which America played an increasingly significant and clandestine role in the war in the months and years prior to officially joining the battle. Churchill, Lindbergh, the Roosevelt family, FDR advisor and emissary Harry Hopkins, journalists William Shirer and Philip Johnson, Wortman weaves the smart, suspenseful history that reads like an epic novel.

FOUR BROADS TALKINGIt’s all things Donald Trump, the RNC convention, Melania Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Benghazi and Hillary Clinton in our Four Broads Talking™ segment when journalists Lisa Schiffren, Suzanna Andrews, Sheila Weller, sit down for a chat with our frank, fearless, feisty host Halli Casser-Jayne.

History, politics, Pearl Harbor, isolationism, anti-Semitism, plagiarism, Republicans, Democrats…tune in to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, July 20, 3 pm ET at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

THE QUEEN OF CRIME PATRICIA CORNWELL & AUTHOR AND AVIATOR DAN HAMPTON

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CornwellherselfTwo Award-winning authors join Halli at her table Wednesday, November 4, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show: “The Queen of Crime” Patricia Cornwell and author and highly-decorated Retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Dan Hampton.

CornwellbookDepravedHeartIt’s been 25 years since bestselling author Patricia Cornwell launched the hugely popular Dr. Kay Scarpetta series – and a national obsession with forensic research!! Yep, before there was CSI, NCIS and all the other copy cats, there was Cornwell and Scarpetta! Twenty-five years since her first book, POSTMORTEM was rejected by numerous publishers because no one wanted to read about a “woman who cuts people open.” But how wrong were they! The morgue is taboo no more, and now, yep, twenty-five years later, 29 New York Times Bestsellers under her belt,  Patricia Cornwell is back with a new captivating Scarpetta thriller DEPRAVED HEART – with all the shocking twists, high-wire tension, and cutting-edge forensic detail that Cornwell is famous for, proving yet again why she’s the world’s #1 bestselling crime writer!!

CornwellDanHamptonhimselfonplaneRetired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Dan Hampton flew 151 combat missions during his twenty years in the USAF. For his service Col. Hampton received four Distinguished Flying Crosses with valor, a Purple Heart, eight Air Medals with Valor, five Meritorious Service Medals, and numerous other citations. He is a graduate of the elite USAF Fighter Weapons School, USN Top Gun School, and USAF Special Operations School. Hampton was named his squadron’s Instructor Pilot of the Year six times and pioneered air-combat tactics that are now standard. A frequent guest analyst on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC,  the graduate of Texas A&M University has published numerous articles. He is the author of the national bestsellers VIPER PILOT and LORDS OF THE SKY. In his new book THE HUNTER KILLERS, he recounts the extraordinary story of the first Wild Weasels, the band of maverick aviators who flew the most dangerous missions of the Vietnam War.

CornwellHamptonBookHunterKillersFor more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHORS STEVE BERRY & RALPH PETERS

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RalphPeterscolorpicturesbattlewarHistory is the subject of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when New York Times bestselling authors thriller writer Steve Berry and Civil War author Ralph Peters join Halli at her table Wednesday, May 13, 3 pm ET.

RalfPetersSteveBarryBookSteve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of ten Cotton Malone novels, as well as four stand-alones. He has 19 million books in print, translated into 40 languages. He is the co-founder of History Matters, dedicated to historical preservation. He is a founding member of International Thriller Writers. His latest thriller, THE PATRIOT THREAT, involves some fascinating and little known aspects of American history – things that will definitely surprise you.

RalphPetersBookRalph Peters is the New York Times bestselling author of CAIN AT GETTYSBURG and HELL OR RICHMOND. He is a retired U.S. Army officer, a strategist and veteran of the intelligence world, and a frequent contributor to Fox News. His fiction and nonfiction writing on the American Civil War, under his own name and as Owen Parry, has won numerous literary prizes. He returns with his third installment in his Boyd Award-winning series on the Civil War with VALLEY OF RHE SHADOWS, set during the battle for the Shenandoah Valley.

Mystery, the Civil War, history and lots of surprises when New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry and Ralph Peters visit The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. Let’s talk Wednesday, May 13, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

UP NEXT: COMING HOME, VOICES OF WAR

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WarFightingPTSDWednesday, November 12, 3 pm ET, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds takes a look at war through the eyes of three authors who bring unique perspectives to the discussion. Joining Halli at her table is Brian Turner author of MY LIFE AS A FOREIGN COUNTRY, Janet Burroway author of LOSING TIM, and Helen Thorpe author of SOLDIER GIRLS.

WarBookMyLifeasaForeignCountryAmerican poet, essayist, and professor, Brian Turner, won the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award for his debut collection, HERE, BULLET, the first of many awards and honors received for this collection of poems about his seven year experience as a soldier in the Iraq War. The director of the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College, his breathtaking memoir MY LIFE AS A FOREIGN COUNTRY retraces that war experience in a humane, heartbreaking and expertly crafted work of literature.

WarBookLoosingTimJanet Burroway is the author of eight novels and numerous plays, poems, and essays, including THE BUZZARDS, which went up for a Pulitzer and RAW SILK, nominated for a National Book Award. In her memoir LOSING TIME, THE LIFE AND DEATH OF AN AMERICAN CONTRACTOR IN IRAQ Burroway recounts the life and death of her elder son, US Army Captain Tim Eysselick.

WarBookSoldierGirlsHelen Thorpe’s journalism has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, New York magazine, The New Yorker, Slate, and Harper’s Bazaar. She is the author of JUST LIKE US, a winner of the Colorado Book Award. In SOLDIER GIRLS, Thorpe shares the battles of three women soldiers at home and at war — they part of the new breed of soldiers, the Soldier Girls who are now more than 15 percent of America’s armed services.

In celebration of Veteran’s Day, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show takes a look at the realities of war and the men and women who serve. Tune in live November 12, 3 pm ET online at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

All of our guests will be making appearances at The Miami Book Fair International November 16-23 in Downtown Miami at Miami Dade College.

WORLD WAR I: THE GREAT WAR?

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warpoetrycartoonMarking the 100th anniversary of World War I, Wednesday, August 20, 3 pm ET The Halli Casser-Jayne Show welcomes critically acclaimed war historian William Philpott, and the world’s leading scholar of the Great War poet Siegfried Sassoon Jean Moorcroft Wilson.

William Philpott is Professor of the History of Warfare in the Department of War studies at King’s College London. He is a specialist in the history of Anglo-French relations, British Strategy, and the history of the French army. Philpott is the author of Three Armies on the Somme, The First Battle of the Twentieth Century, Blood Victory: The Battle of the Somme and The Making of the Twentieth Century, Anglo-French Relations and Strategy on the Western Front, 1914-1918, Anglo-French Defense Relations between the Wars, Palgrave Concise Atlas of the First World War, and Palgrave Advances in Modern Military History. In his latest book War of Attrition, Fighting the First World War, Philpott takes a look at the causes and effects of The First World War, bringing new revelations of the first truly modern war to light, the war that shaped the twentieth century.

Jean Moorcroft Wilson lectures in English Literature at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is married to Virginia Woolf’s nephew. In her latest book, Siegfried Sassoon, Soldier, Poet, Lover, Friend, Wilson takes an in-depth look at the man considered a key figure in the study of the poetry of the Great War. Her previous works include I Was an English Poet: Biography of Sir William Watson, Virginia Woolf, Life and London: A Biography of Place, The Selected Poems of Isaac Rosenberg.

A look at World War I through the eyes of history and the voice of a poet, Wednesday, August 20 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds and Lovers of History. Tune in live online at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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