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Thursday, August 2, 2007


If you have an interest in World War II history, join Charleston writer A. V. Gallagher at the Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books program on August 7th at noon. A former journalist with both United Press International and the Associated Press as well as the Charleston Gazette, Gallagher will discuss his meticulously researched book, The Ghost Army. A work of historical fiction several years in the making, The Ghost Army chronicles the defeat of the German 6th Army by the Russians at the battle of Stalingrad. In the book, Gallagher explores the mysteriously bad decision making by one of Hitler’s best officers that led to the destruction of nearly 300,000 soldiers through starvation, exhaustion, disease, and enemy bullets. Copies of the books will be available for purchase and signing. For more information please visit www.theghostarmy.com or call the library at 304-232-0244.

1 comment:

Andy Gallagher said...

Stalingrad was one of the most brutal battles in history. The book is not a clarion call about the way the Germans died at this battle; they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. This is a story of how modern man could sink to the depths of depravity. No monsters exist in the world? Hardly so. This book is a tale of monsters and horrible things that trek the Earth in the form of war.

Top Ten Lunch With Books Programs

Program; Presenter; Attendance; Date

1. SAENGERFEST; Eintracht German Singing Society; 200; 07-17-10

2. A Lucky Child; Auschwitz Survivor Judge Thomas Buergenthal; 198; 03-04-11

3. Fashion Show; Civil War 150; 194; 11-20-11

4. Ruanaidh; Art Rooney, Jr. and Jim O'Brien; 168; 06-15-10

5. Follow the River; James Alexander Thom; 160; 06-05-08

6. Warwood Memories; 157; 12-18-12

7. The Quiet Man Pub Reading; 150; 08-30-12

8. Wheeling Then and Now; Sean Duffy; 146; 09-07-10

9. Bloch Brother Tobacco; Stuart Bloch; 131; 04-27-10

10. Reasons to Believe; Dr. Scott Hahn; 126; 08-21-07

Book Discussion Groups

The Ohio County Public Library facilitates book discussion groups for both young adults and adults. Currently, the OCPL offers two adult groups, which meet on the first Monday and third Thursday of each month.

In addition to its own growing collection, the OCPL has access to the book discussion collection of the West Virginia Library Commission.

To join or form a book discussion group, or for more information, please call 304-232-0244.

Meeting of the Minds Philosophy Group

The Meeting of the Minds Philosophic Inquiry Forum is facilitated by David Weimer. The group meets virtually every Tuesday at 6 PM. Call the library for meeting room locations.

For more information, visit www.firstknowthyself.org/m&mphilosophy.htm or contact group organizer, David Weimer, at 740 526-0985 or by email at dwwweimer@comcast.net..