Liberation Then and Now

By Phil Padgett | November 6, 2020 |

The metaphor keeps unfolding in the coincidence of the U.S. presidential election and the run-up to the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, December 16.  On Election Day, I think I heard our local classical music station play Beethoven’s 5th Symphony three times, even though I wasn’t paying close attention.  Soaring and…

First Atomic Detonation – 75 Years Ago Today

By Phil Padgett | July 15, 2020 |

Trinity, the first test of an atomic bomb, forever changed our world at Alamogordo, New Mexico, at 0530 local time 75 years ago today, July 16.  Although the first to be detonated, yielding 18.6 kilotons, Trinity was not the first atomic bomb. That bomb, Little Boy, was secured aboard the cruiser U.S.S. Indianapolis which departed…

Remembering D-Day In a Time of National Crisis

By Phil Padgett | June 6, 2020 |

Today, June 6, 2020, as thousands gather in Washington to exercise their Constitutional right to assemble peaceably to petition their government for redress of grievance – terrible, deeply justified grievance – the Washington Post published this editorial. I commend it to you. “On the anniversary of D-Day, a reminder of true leadership” By The Washington…

CANCELED – Kensington Day of the Book

By Phil Padgett | March 21, 2020 |

Gentle People, With much regret, the April 26 Kensington Day of the Book festival had to be canceled  to conform with the public health response to the COVID 19 pandemic.  I was looking forward to having a table adjoining my best friend form college, Jim Lewis. Jim was coming from Pittsburgh with his cracking good…

Advocating Overlord Paperback Edition Coming May 1

By Phil Padgett | January 22, 2020 |

May 1, 2020, the paperback edition of Advocating Overlord will be released by University of Nebraska Press in the United States and Canada. Publisher’s recommended price will be $26.95 US and $40.00 Canadian.  ISBN: 978-1-64012-312-0

Book Talk Now Viewable on the Website

By Phil Padgett | December 16, 2019 |

The book talk on Advocating Overlord now is available for viewing on the website ( ). Go to the “Watch the Book Talk” button on either the “Home” page or “About the Book” and click. Then click “View on You Tube.” I gave the talk on October 8, 2019, to the Dr. Harold C. Deutsch…

Book Talk – Kensington Historical Society, Nov. 12

By Phil Padgett | November 9, 2019 |

On Tuesday, November 12, I’ll give an illustrated talk on Advocating Overlord to the Kensington Historical Society in the Town Hall, lower level, 3710 Mitchell St., Kensington, MD 20895.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the talk will start at 7:30.  This is  special venue at any time, but especially on the evening after Veterans…

Great Scale Model Trrain Show – Oct. 26-27

By Phil Padgett | October 24, 2019 |

Saturday and Sunday, October 26-27, I’ll be selling copies of Advocating Overlord at the Great Scale Model Train Show in “the Cow Palace” at the Maryland State Fairground in Timonium, Maryland. If you like trains, or just are curious, this is wonderful event is one of the largest on the East Coast. Two large rooms…

World War II Round Table

By Phil Padgett | October 20, 2019 |

Autumn continues to be especially busy. A highlight was traveling to Minneapolis-Saint Paul for a book talk to the Harold C. Deutsch World War II Round Table. The talk, drawing around 200, was preceded by a lively your outreach meeting with an opportunity for high school students to engage with World War II veterans. This…

Illustrated Book Talk – Washington Metro OASIS September 17

By Phil Padgett | August 18, 2019 |

Tuesday morning, September 17, at 10;30 a.m., I will give an illustrated talk on Advocating Overlord at the Washington Metropolitan OASIS, which is in the back of the Macy’s Home Store in Montgomery Mall. Ninety minutes to talk provides plenty of opportunity to dive deeper into the facets – and controversies – of this fascinating…