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Historian Timothy Garton Ash says the U.S. was his “shining city on the hill.” But now he feels a desperate sadness. We’ll hear this European’s elegy for an American ideal.
Timothy Garton Ash, historian and professor of European studies at the University of Oxford. Senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Author of ten books including "The Magic Lantern: The Revolution of '89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and Prague." (@fromTGA)
Catherine De Vries, professor of political science at Bocconi University. Research associate at the Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy. Her latest book, coming out next month, is called "Political Entrepreneurs: The Rise of Challenger Parties in Europe." (@CatherineDVries)
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Excerpt from "The Magic Lantern: The Revolution of '89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and Prague" by Timothy Garton Ash
Copyright © 1990, 1993, 1999 by Timothy Garton Ash. Reprinted by permission of Vintage Books, an imprint of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.
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This program aired on May 5, 2020.
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