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C-SPAN is LIVE from the 2023 Texas Book Festival

American History TV's Saturday programming is preempted for Book TV's LIVE coverage of the 2023 Texas Book Festival. Co-founded in 1995 by then-first lady of Texas Laura Bush, the Texas Book Festival's mission is to connect authors and readers through experiences that celebrate the culture of literacy, ideas, and imagination. 
American History TV Saturday programming will resume
November 18. In the meantime, check out these Texas Book Festival author discussions on FDR, warfare, immigration and book bans.



Texas Book Festival session:

Our Modern Military & the Veteran Experience

Watch Live12:15–1 pm


Author Discussion on Warfare

Author: Craig Nelson

His book, "V Is for Victory," details how FDR won support for World War II against a skeptical American public, influencing the U.S military’s transformation into one of the most formidable fronts in history.


Texas Book Festival session:

Pen America Presents Threats to Freedom of Expression

Watch Live1:15–2 pm



PEN America Discussion on Free Expression

PEN America's mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible. Sabir Sultan of PEN America will lead this discussion with authors who can personally speak to the experience of having their books banned. Authors featured on this panel include Roxane Gay, Angie Thomas and Luis Alberto Urrea.



Texas Book Festival session:

Repairing a Broken System: The Impact
of Immigration Policy in America

Watch Live: 3:45–4:30 pm


Author Discussion on Immigration

Author: Bill Ong Hing

His book, "Humanizing Immigration: How to Transform Our Racist and Unjust System," argues for a humanitarian approach to immigration reform and abolition through the lens of racial justice.


Author: Alejandra Oliva

Her memoir, "Rivermouth: a Chronicle of Language, Faith, and Migration," gives an account of her experience at the U.S.-Mexico border as a translater, relating the process of immigration to physical spaces that represent each phase.



Book TV weekend programming

Saturday's full lineup of programs here (C-SPAN2).

Sunday's full lineup of programs here (C-SPAN2).


Book TV session

Mark Levin, "The Democrat Party Hates America"

Watch: 8 am/pm


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Nationally syndicated talk radio host Mark Levin argues that the Democratic Party has a Marxist agenda and wants to destroy freedom in America. In his book, "The Democrat Party Hates America," he makes the case for "the affirmative intervention of a Republican administration to roll back, stop, or fundamentally reverse the trajectory of administrative state decisions exercised on behalf of the Democrat Party."

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute hosted this talk.



Book TV session

Rachel Maddow, "Prequel: An American Fight Against Fascism"

Watch: 9:20 am/pm


Rachel Maddow, political commentator and MSNBC program host, contends that authoritarianism has existed on the fringe far-right of U.S. politics for nearly a century. Her book, "Prequel: An American Fight Against Fascism," examines a clandestine network leading up to World War II that flooded the United States with disinformation aimed at persuading Americans to align with the Axis powers, not against them.

Politics and Prose Bookstore hosted this talk.





Coming up Monday on C-SPAN



On Monday, C-SPAN's television series, Books That Shaped America continues with "Free to Choose: A Personal Statement," a 1980 book authored by Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman and his wife, fellow economist Rose Friedman.

Recognized as one of 21st-century's leading economists, Milton Friedman had a long academic career that included positions at the University of Chicago, University of Cambridge, and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, as well as being an adviser to both President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. After retiring from the University of Chicago, he, along with his wife, Rose, created a television series and companion book on their economic and social philosophy titled "Free to Choose." The Friedmans strongly argued for free markets, lower taxes, limited government regulation and school choice.

Joining the discussion of this bestselling book is Lanny Ebenstein, a lecturer in the department of economics at the University of California Santa Barbara, and author of "Milton Friedman: A Biography." He had personal correspondence with Milton Friedman.

Watch LIVE Monday, Nov. 13, at 9 pm ET on C-SPAN. You can also see the program at or at our C-SPAN Now app, or listen at C-SPAN Radio.



C-SPAN has partnered with the Library of Congress on a 10-part television series, Books That Shaped America. Each episode is a literary journey, tracing America's history by exploring one of these celebrated works in literature that have had and still have a major impact on society. The current week's episode will be re-aired on Sunday nights at 7:30 pm ET and 10:30 pm ET.

Tell us which book you think helped shape America and why at our Virtual Booth. Our collection of 10 books only scratches the surface of the key works from American history that have been pivotal to our nation, leading to significant policy changes. Go to Books That Shaped America, click the Viewer Input tab and walk through the steps to make your 30-seconds (or less) recording with your book pick. Your video may be featured online or on-air during the television series.



C-SPAN's The WeeklySchwarzenegger: A Milton Friedman Fan, Not an Economic "Girlie Man"

C-SPAN's podcast The Weekly presents a special two-parter on Milton Friedman.

"Now there's another way you can tell you're a Republican. You have faith in free enterprise, faith in the resourcefulness of the American people, and faith in the U.S. economy. And to those critics who are so pessimistic about our economy, I say: 'Don't be economic girlie men!'" –said by then-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at the 2004 Republican National Convention.

Quite a choice: Free enterprise or economic girlie men.

Wondering who inspired Arnold Schwarzenegger's economic view of the world?
Answer: Milton Friedman.

And what inspired this episode of C-SPAN's podcast The Weekly?
Books That Shaped America, the C-SPAN television series and this Monday's episode featuring the book "Free to Choose," by Milton and Rose Friedman.

This week's podcast is all about Arnold Schwarzenegger and Milton Friedman. This is a second installment of a special two-parter of The Weekly focused on Milton Friedman: Worshipped by Some Politicians, Rejected By Others.

Last week's first part presented opinions about the Nobel-Prize winning economist from Presidents Reagan, Bush 41, Bush 43, and Biden, as well as several presidential candidates and even Margaret Thatcher.

Listen to C-SPAN'
The Weekly.



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