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While President James Madison was a brilliant scholar, author of much of the country’s early documents, organizer of the executive branch of government, and astute politician, he was no commander-in-chief.

He relied totally upon appointed commodores and generals to conduct a war for the conquest of Canada on one hand and survival on the other. Often confused by advisors of little military talent, in the end he put his trust and that of the people in the grasp of hacks, sycophants, adventurers, and a few good men.

Mark Bowden - the preeminent chronicler of our military and special forces - joins us to talk about his new book, The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden.

Today marks the one year anniversary of the Pentagon’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy. This morning, we talk with one of the activists who worked so hard to seek the repeal. In early 2006, Alexander Nicholson, the founder of the largest organization for gay and lesbian servicemembers—Servicemembers United—along with fellow former military members who had also been discharged under DADT, toured the United States, speaking about the destructive policy at American Legion posts, on radio talk shows, and at press conferences across the South and both coasts.

We welcome bestselling author and award-winning sports reporter, Joe Drape, and speak with him about his latest book, Soldiers First: Duty, Honor, Country, and Football at West Point.

Tom Young has logged nearly 4,000 hours for the Air National Guard in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, and elsewhere. His new novel is The Renegades .

Brian Castner served three tours of duty in the Middle East, two of them as the commander of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit in Iraq. We speak with him about his book, The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life That Follows.

We welcome Second Lady of the United States, Dr. Jill Biden, to the show and speak with her about her children's book, Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops.

Howard Wasdin is a former member of the elite SEAL Team Six and we welcome him and talk with him about his experiences and book, SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an elite Navy SEAL Sniper.

Aired on 5/2/2012

This is a special Off the Shelf edition of The Book Show – taped before a live audience at the Manchester Elementary Middle School in Manchester, Vermont presented by The Northshire Bookstore.

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