First Amendment

By Phil Padgett | August 24, 2018 |

On August 13, while I was flying to New Orleans for a book talk, Donald Trump’s lawyer attempted to threaten Simon & Shuster into ceasing publication of a book that criticizes the president. Simon & Shuster stood its ground, replying that it “will not be silenced by legal threats grounded in vague allusions.” Earlier this…

National World War II Museum Book Conversation, Aug. 15

By Phil Padgett | August 19, 2018 |

August 15 was the occasion for a wonderful conversation about Advocating Overlord with National World War II Museum historian Dr, Keith Huxen.  With this D-Day invasion-striped C-47 suspended overhead, 190 people gathered in person while others joined in courtesy of live streaming of the event.  Nice reception, great discussion, and a perfect setting.  My deep…

Heading to the Big Easy

By Phil Padgett | August 12, 2018 |

Monday evening, I will be wheels up for New Orleans.  On Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 6:00 p.m., I’ll give a book talk at the National World War II Museum, right downtown on Magazine Street, preceded by a reception with light refreshments at 5:00 p.m.  What could be nicer?  When our church took 109 volunteers to…

By Phil Padgett | August 7, 2018 |

The book talk aboard USS Texas Last Saturday was great fun.  My deep thanks go to all who helped. We met in a former berthing space. The heavy steel hooks from which the sailors hung their hammocks are still welded to the overhead beams.  Must have made for interesting sleeping during an Atlantic gale.  104-year…

Book Talk Aboard Battleship Texas, Saturday, August 4

By Phil Padgett | August 3, 2018 |

Flying to Texas to give a book talk aboard the 104-year old battleship USS Texas on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. Central Time. Will talk about the Texas’ escort mission in the movement of over one million troops to Britain and the battleship’s action on D-Day. Looking forward to exploring this history on the deck…

FDR Library Book Talk of June 16 Can Be Viewed in BookTV’s Archive

By Phil Padgett | July 12, 2018 |

The book talk that I gave at the FDR Library’s “Roosevelt Reading Festival” on June 16, 2018, now is available for viewing in the C-Span2 Book TV archive at: https://www.c-span.org/video/?446655-6/advocating overlord  In this the talk, I chose to focus on events in the summer of 1943.  A key milestone in the Anglo-American strategy negotiations was the…

Book Talk To Be Broadcasted July 7 and July 8

By Phil Padgett | July 2, 2018 |

This Saturday, July 7 at 4:55 PM EDT C-SPAN2 Book TV will broadcast their video-recording of my talk during the June 16 “Roosevelt Reading Festival” at the FDR Library and Museum. I was one of 14 authors giving book talks. Being where key events in the book happened, I focused on the period of July-August…

Rosevelt Reading Festival

By Phil Padgett | June 18, 2018 |

Great fun at the “Roosevelt Reading Festival” at the FDR Library and Museum on June 16! I was one of 14 authors giving book talks.  In my talk on Advocating Overlord, I focused on the period of July-August 1943 and highlighted events and discussions between Roosevelt and Churchill that took place then at the Roosevelt…

Interview available at Warscholar Blog

By Phil Padgett | June 7, 2018 |

An audio interview about Advocating Overlord and my experience in researching and writing the book is available now on the internet.  You can listen to our conversation by going to:http://www.warscholar.org  The interview was conducted by Cris Alvarez on May 29, 2018.

Happy D-Day!

By Phil Padgett | June 5, 2018 |

Gentle People, On June 6, D-Day, 74 years ago, heavy fire poured down from the distant escarpment, where the American military cemetery one day would be established.  U.S. Coast Guard Chief Photographers Mate Robert E. Sargent stood up on a pitching LCVP to make this iconic photograph of Army infantry wading toward Omaha Beach and…