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July 5,2010 Vol. # 2 No. 1

how much time to spend with researched and written. She


Elizabeth Norman and We each patient. The concept of also showed many original
Band of Agnels "Triage" requires prioritizing photos obtained from the nurses
treatment choices resulting in and other medical personnel,
Elizabeth Norman spoke to
those deemed almost certain to including pictures of the base
the World War 2 Book Club on
die regardless of what treatment hospitals they opened in the
June 29 on her acclaimed book
is rendered being passed over jungle while still on Bataan,
We Band of Angels. We had 80
so others can be saved. The before they were forced to
people in attendance and the
young boy, in the doctor's view transfer to Corrigedor.
audience was held spellbound
was terminal and there was Without a doubt this was
for almost an hour by the stories
nothing he could do. The nurse one of the best lectures since
of these heroic nurses who
on duty, asked if she could our program started. We
spent the entire war as
intervene and with the doctor's ordered 25 books from Barnes
prisoners of the Japanese.
permission applied a treatment and Nobel. They sold out in 10
Unfortunately we had to curtail
she recalled from her early minutes. We could have sold
the question and answer period
training. She poured some twice than number.
somewhat to allow time for
strong scotch whisky onto a
Elizabeth to sign books and to Special thanks here to Dr.
gauze pad, added a few cubes
clear the room by 9PM in Ralph Kristeller, Chair of the
of sugar and placed it into the
accordance with our agreement event, who spent so much time
boy's mouth. Incredibly, the
with the Library. in organizing the evening. He
youngster started to respond
Perhaps, the most dramatic invited the Nursing Association
and in a short time was
moment of the lecture was when of New Jersey and we were
breathing normally. The boy was
Elizabeth related the story of the pleased to see several in
shortly delivered to his mother
young boy who was brought into attendance.
and survived. This was just one
the operating room just after the story of incredible courage and Last Lecture of Our First
Japanese attack. He was character demonstrated by this Year
severely wounded from shrapnel unique band of nurses. The Norman Lecture
and his mother, also wounded, completes Our first year. We will
Elizabeth spent over 5 years
was in the adjoining room. The recommence our lecture series
writing this book and interviewed
doctor, facing many wounded on September 21, 2010, and
personally almost all of the
men and women, had to make plenty of advance notice will be
nurses who were alive in the
incredibly difficult choices about given.
early 1990's while the book was
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John Kean Center for American New Dealers' War. This is the
The FDR Library Book History at Kean University. His intriguing story of the behind the
Festival June 19, 2010 book is about the most scenes maneuvering of
important of FDR's speeches President Roosevelt and his
Each year the FDR Library
given over the radio and in group of advisors and how they
hosts a full day book reading
Congress, mostly during World managed to control strategy and
festival and invites the authors
War 2. An interesting feature of politics during the War. This is a
who have written recently
his new book is that it comes wonderful book, and we
published books that touch on
with a CD with about 20 of the recommend that it be read
the life of the late President to
speeches recorded thereon. We before the lecture to gain full
come and speak about their new
have listened to several of them pleasure from the lecture. On
book. Dr. Steven Lomazow
and the sound reproduction is November 16 we will have Eric
whose FDR's Deadly Secret
excellent. You could close your Metaxas who will lecture on his
was published in January was
eyes [those of us old enough to new book Dietrich Bonhoeffer,
invited this year. Rich
remember] and transport Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy.
Rosenthal, and Dr. John J.
yourself back to the time when Again, this is a wonderful story
McLaughlin accompanied Dr.
the speeches were delivered about a Lutheran pastor who
Lomazow as his guests. The
over the radio Like him or not defied the Nazis, defended the
lectures go on all day and there
there is no denying President Jews in Germany, and sought to
is a dinner in the evening at
Roosevelt had a golden voice prevent the Nazi takeover of the
which we were able to meet with
and his delivery is really Lutheran Churches just prior to
and talk to all the authors about
impressive. World War 2, and paid for his
their new books. It was an
Terry has agreed to give us efforts with his life.
exciting and worthwhile day, and
as a special bonus, the a lecture in the Spring on a date Membership
exposure to these authors to be agreed upon. We also met We now have 68 fully paid
enabled us to secure and were impressed with Hanna memberships, and we are
commitments from some of Pakula who just published her optimistic that this number will
them to come to the World War excellent biography of Madame continue to grow. In addition
2 Book Club and speak to us. Chiang Kai Shek. She also lives several members have made
We were delighted to see in New York and has agreed to additional contributions and for
Andrew Roberts on the list of come and speak about her this we are grateful.
speakers, and more delighted to book, The Last Empress.
Volunteers
learn that he just recently moved In short, the expedition to
We are always looking for
from London to New York. the FDR Library was not only a
volunteers to come forward with
Andrew and I had exchanged wonderful day, but we were able
ideas for a program or a
many e-mails at about the time to obtain commitments from
speaker. Two of the programs
we were arranging for the three speakers for future
this season were put on by
lecture by General Bunting last lectures. As the popularity of the
members who arranged for the
year, and he told us then that if Book Club increases it becomes
speaker and chaired the
he was in the area he would be that much easier to engage
program. One was Rob Gagnon
delighted to come and talk to us. authors.
who ran the program when
Well, he is now in the area and Future Programs Stephen Sussna spoke about
told us he would be pleased to
On September 21 when we his book on Operation
come some time next Spring.
start our news series we will DRAGOON, and of course, the
We will work out a date as soon
have Johathan Gumz Professor last one chaired by Dr. Kristeller.
as possible.
of History at the United States Come forward with an idea
We were also pleased to Military Academy as our guest. for a program and/or a speaker
meet Terry Golway who gave a He will talk to us about little and you will be named Chair of
wonderful lecture on his new known facts of the June 6, 1944 the event. There is plenty of
book Together We Cannot Fail: invasion of France [D-Day]. On work to be done, and we are
FDR and the American October 19, we will have glad to have additional
Presidency in the Years of Thomas Fleming who will assistance.
Crisis. Terry is director of the discuss his award winning The

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