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Howard Burnham Returns With Two April Programs

Howard Burnham, beloved Richland Library Literary Resident, returns in April with two exciting performances:

"Fly to Tokyo: All Expenses Paid!" -- NEW!

Tuesday, April 1st at 7:00 p.m.

Richland Library Cooper, 5317 North Trenholm Road

London 1944: General Jimmy Doolittle, c-in-c the Mighty Eighth, reviews his early life and his 'raid' on the BBC.

Satire, Swing & Short Skirts: Swinging London in the '60s and Beatlemania in NYC

Thursday, April 3rd at 7:00 p.m.

Richland Library Main, 1431 Assembly Street

A survey of Swinging London in the Sixties and Beatlemania to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the Fab Four in NYC.


Amazon Says: It was the biggest gamble of World War II, but Lt. Co. ""Jimmy"" Doolittle's legendary bombing raid on Tokyo gave America the morale boost it needed in the wake of Pearl Harbo more...
Amazon Says: It was the biggest gamble of World War II, but Lt. Co. ""Jimmy"" Doolittle's legendary bombing raid on Tokyo gave America the morale boost it needed in the wake of Pearl Harbor. This is the full story as told by the Doolittle Raiders' official historian. Carroll Glines is also the author of Attack on Yamamoto. less...
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Amazon Says: The Doolittle Raiders, as they became known, were a squadron of eighty scarcely trained young men led by the famous daredevil aviator Jimmy Doolittle. Their mission-the daring more...
Amazon Says: The Doolittle Raiders, as they became known, were a squadron of eighty scarcely trained young men led by the famous daredevil aviator Jimmy Doolittle. Their mission-the daring World War II bombing raid of Tokyo and other cities in April 1942-was successful until Japanese spies forced most of the squadron to crash-land in enemy-occupied China, where pilots were ferried underground across the country to safety. One plane landed in the Soviet port of Vladivostok, where the crew was eventually smuggled out of the country through Persia. Others were captured by the Japanese, confined to years of imprisonment and torture. The fact that 90 percent of the men involved came home alive was little short of a miracle. Extensively researched, including interviews with twenty of the twenty-seven remaining survivors, The First Heroes vividly recreates America's first great victory of World War II. Craig Nelson follows the Doolittle Raiders from their secret training on a Florida airfield to their tense days in transit across the Pacific to the bombing itself and finally to their courageous accounts of survival against astonishing odds. This story of America's striking back at its enemies after a vicious surprise attack will resonate widely with the general public today and is sure to appeal to all readers of Tom Brokaw's The Greatest Generation. less...
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Amazon Says: The author of Flight of the Intruder presents twenty-six real-life accounts of aerial warfare, drawn from a variety of sources, including ""The Hero's Life"" by Captain Eddi more...
Amazon Says: The author of Flight of the Intruder presents twenty-six real-life accounts of aerial warfare, drawn from a variety of sources, including ""The Hero's Life"" by Captain Eddie V. Rickenbacker, ""The Flight of the Enola Gay"" by Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan Witts, and Ted Lawson's ""The Doolittle Raid."" less...
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Amazon Says: Written by gifted storyteller Winston Groom (author of Forrest Gump), The Aviators tells the saga of three extraordinary aviators--Charles Lindbergh, Eddie Rickenbacker, and J more...
Amazon Says: Written by gifted storyteller Winston Groom (author of Forrest Gump), The Aviators tells the saga of three extraordinary aviators--Charles Lindbergh, Eddie Rickenbacker, and Jimmy Doolittle--and how they redefine heroism through their genius, daring, and uncommon courage.   This is the fascinating story of three extraordinary heroes who defined aviation during the great age of flight. These cleverly interwoven tales of their heart-stopping adventures take us from the feats of World War I through the heroism of World War II and beyond, including daring military raids and survival-at-sea, and will appeal to fans of Unbroken, The Greatest Generation, and Flyboys. With the world in peril in World War II, each man set aside great success and comfort to return to the skies for his most daring mission yet. Doolittle, a brilliant aviation innovator, would lead the daring Tokyo Raid to retaliate for Pearl Harbor; Lindbergh, hero of the first solo flight across the Atlantic, would fly combat missions in the South Pacific; and Rickenbacker, World War I flying ace, would bravely hold his crew together while facing near-starvation and circling sharks after his plane went down in a remote part of the Pacific. Groom's rich narrative tells their intertwined stories--from broken homes to Medals of Honor (all three would receive it); barnstorming to the greatest raid of World War II; front-page triumph to anguished tragedy; and near-death to ultimate survival--as all took to the sky, time and again, to become exemplars of the spirit of the "greatest generation." less...
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Amazon Says: Beatles Art is a compilation of art from professional artists from all regions of the globe all offering their unique interpretations on the Beatles and their music. Everythin more...
Amazon Says: Beatles Art is a compilation of art from professional artists from all regions of the globe all offering their unique interpretations on the Beatles and their music. Everything from traditional paintings and sculptures to digital work and caricatures are included. In addition, there are statements and comments from select artists on how the Beatles impacted their art, their lives, and the world. less...
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America in the 1960s by Edmund Lindop
Amazon Says: What were Americans doing in the 1960s? Dancing the Twist, listening to the Beatles, watching astronauts land on the moon, and much more. From civil rights to women's liberati more...
Amazon Says: What were Americans doing in the 1960s? Dancing the Twist, listening to the Beatles, watching astronauts land on the moon, and much more. From civil rights to women's liberation, Americans also took a stand in the 1960s. They tried to stop the war in Vietnam, clean up government, and protect the environment. Even athletes made political protests. The decade's newsmakers included President John F. Kennedy, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., feminist Betty Friedan, pop artist Andy Warhol, and boxer Muhammad Ali. They helped set the tone for a decade of change, rebellion, and excitement. From Black Power to flower power, from Motown to miniskirts, read about this fascinating decade from start to finish. less...
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Amazon Says: If the World Wars defined the first half of the twentieth century, the sixties defined the second half, providing the pivot on which modern times have turned. From popular mus more...
Amazon Says: If the World Wars defined the first half of the twentieth century, the sixties defined the second half, providing the pivot on which modern times have turned. From popular music to individual liberties, the tastes and convictions of the Western world are indelibly stamped with the impact of that tumultuous decade. Now one of the world's foremost historians provides the definitive look at this momentous time. Framing the sixties as a period stretching from 1958 to 1974, Arthur Marwick argues that this long decade ushered in nothing less than a cultural revolution--one that raged most clearly in the United States, Britain, France, and Italy. Writing with wit and verve, he brilliantly recaptures the events and movements that shaped our lives: the rise of a youth subculture across the West; the impact of post Beat novels and New Wave cinema; the sit ins and marches of the civil rights movement; Britain's surprising rise to leadership in fashion and music; the emerging storm over Vietnam; the Paris student rising of 1968; the new concern for poverty; the growing force of feminism and the gay rights movement; and much more. As Marwick unfolds his vivid narrative, he illuminates this remarkable era--both its origins and its impact. He concludes that it was a time that saw great leaps forward in the arts, in civil rights, and in many other areas of society and politics. But the decade also left deep divisions still felt today. Written with tremendous force of insight and narrative power, The Sixties promises to be the single most important account of the single most important decade of our times. less...
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Amazon Says: Seminal moments are captured of New York city in the sixties. This book contains amusing and revealing quotes from the rich and infamous to give a taste of how it was to live more...
Amazon Says: Seminal moments are captured of New York city in the sixties. This book contains amusing and revealing quotes from the rich and infamous to give a taste of how it was to live there during that decade. less...
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Amazon Says: “If you remember the Sixties,” quipped Robin Williams, “you weren’t there.” That was, of course, an oblique reference to the mind-bending drugs that clouded percept more...
Amazon Says: “If you remember the Sixties,” quipped Robin Williams, “you weren’t there.” That was, of course, an oblique reference to the mind-bending drugs that clouded perception—yet time has proven an equally effective hallucinogen. This book revisits the Sixties we forgot or somehow failed to witness. In a kaleidoscopic global tour of the decade, Gerard DeGroot reminds us that the “Ballad of the Green Beret” outsold “Give Peace a Chance,” that the Students for a Democratic Society were outnumbered by Young Americans for Freedom, that revolution was always a pipe dream, and that the Sixties belong to Reagan and de Gaulle more than to Kennedy and Dubcek. The Sixties Unplugged shows how opportunity was squandered, and why nostalgia for the decade has obscured sordidness and futility. DeGroot returns us to a time in which idealism, tolerance, and creativity gave way to cynicism, chauvinism, and materialism. He presents the Sixties as a drama acted out on stages around the world, a theater of the absurd in which China’s Cultural Revolution proved to be the worst atrocity of the twentieth century, the Six-Day War a disaster for every nation in the Middle East, and a million slaughtered Indonesians martyrs to greed. The Sixties Unplugged restores to an era the prevalent disorder and inconvenient truths that longing, wistfulness, and distance have obscured. In an impressionistic journey through a tumultuous decade, DeGroot offers an object lesson in the distortions nostalgia can create as it strives to impose order on memory and value on mayhem. less...
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Sarah G. Says: The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit [DVD] A day-by-day audio visual account of the group's first U.S. tour, including the Ed Sullivan appearances.
Amazon Says: A day-by-day audio visual account of the group's first U.S. tour, including the Ed Sullivan appearances. more...
Amazon Says: A day-by-day audio visual account of the group's first U.S. tour, including the Ed Sullivan appearances. less...
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Sarah G. Says: The Beatles Anthology [DVD] A visual history of the Beatles beginning in 1940 and ending with the breakup of the band at the end of the '60s. Includes their songs, successes and failures.
Amazon Says: All 8 VHS's watched once each. Excellent condition! Original Box set from Capital Records. Outer box in excellent condition. more...
Amazon Says: All 8 VHS's watched once each. Excellent condition! Original Box set from Capital Records. Outer box in excellent condition. less...
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Sarah G. Says: Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo [DVD] The first B-25's in training for a bombing mission over Japan, under General Jimmy Doolittle's command.
Amazon Says: There is no more ringing title among World War II movies than Thirty Seconds over Tokyo, and the mission it celebrates was unquestionably historic: a 400-mile bombing raid to more...
Amazon Says: There is no more ringing title among World War II movies than Thirty Seconds over Tokyo, and the mission it celebrates was unquestionably historic: a 400-mile bombing raid to carry the war to Japan itself mere months after that nation's sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. Yet the film is less memorable than many WWII pictures with less exalted factual basis. At the time, critic James Agee eloquently defined both its virtues and limitations as "a big-studio, big-scale film, free of artistic pretension ... transformed by its not very imaginative but very dogged sincerity into something forceful, simple, and thoroughly sympathetic in spite of all its big-studio, big-scale habits." That remains true today, but perhaps the movie--and its unimpeachably noble, admirably life-sized characters--wouldn't seem so stuck in the amber of a bygone era if Mervyn LeRoy and company had pumped a little "artistic pretension" into it. Spencer Tracy--as James H. Doolittle, architect of the raid--rates the most towering screen credit, and he's superb. But his role's an extended cameo; the emotional core of the film is B-25 pilot Ted Lawson (Van Johnson) and his wife, Ellen (the glowing Phyllis Thaxter). Lawson's bestselling memoir (with Bob Considine) of his training for the secret mission, his group's launching from the aircraft carrier Hornet, and his crash landing and protracted ordeal in China--where he lost a leg--has been faithfully served. The film is long on homely detail and all-American decency (including a remarkably outspoken regret over the unavoidability of civilian casualties) but achieves its greatest impact in the raid itself. That sequence, in addition to boasting Oscar-winning special effects, is mostly shot in riveting silence. --Richard T. Jameson less...
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