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Fireside Chat with K. A. Nelson | Killing Shore

Fireside Chat with K. A. Nelson | Killing Shore

In-person and Online


Join us in-person in the library or online as Fireside Chats host Paul Sparrow converses with K. A. Nelson, author of Killing Shore: The True Story of Hitler's U-Boats Off the New Jersey Coast, a meticulously researched portrayal of combat along American shores that reflects the author’s fascination with ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.

It is January 1942. Six weeks after the United States entered World War II, Imperial Japan is annihilating American forces in the Far East while the Nazis stand triumphant over much of Europe. Adolf Hitler’s forces are about to commence an assault along the coast of the United States, but this “Atlantic Pearl Harbor” would prove far more devastating than Japan’s attack on Hawaii. Few Americans realize their beaches and coastal cities are about to witness the worst naval defeat in American history. The fiery months that followed would pit German U-boat sailors against American servicemen in a desperate battle that stained East Coast waters with oil and blood.

K. A. Nelson is a Penn State graduate and avid wreck diver who served six years as a US Marine Corps officer. Killing Shore is his first book. He resides near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

President Franklin Roosevelt broadcast his first Fireside Chat on March 12th, 1933, just eight days after his inauguration. During his 12 years in office he delivered dozens of Fireside Chats, guiding America through the Great Depression, and guiding a global audience through the horrors of World War Two. FDR’s Fireside Chats were a new form of political communication, using radio to connect with Americans in an intimate setting – right in their living rooms. His compelling and persuasive broadcasts encouraged Americans to believe in democracy and its future. Paul Sparrow, a nationally recognized expert on Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the former director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, hosts this series of programs that build on the foundation laid by FDR’s Fireside Chats, and find their relevance to our world today.

This series is moderated by Paul Sparrow, a nationally recognized expert on Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the former director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. He has written articles and blogs on them, and has appeared on the CBS Evening News, CNN, CSPAN, the History Channel, and the Washington Post’s Presidential podcast.

We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted at (302) 226-2665 or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes signed. Books will be available for sale and for signing at the event.

NOTE: this session is available to attend in-person or through Zoom. You MUST REGISTER and indicate which you prefer.

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Basic written instructions for using Zoom may be found here and a brief video tutorial may be found here. Closed captioning is available for all our sessions. Information on enabling closed captioning in Zoom may be found here.

This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.
Sunday, May 12, 2024
5:00pm - 6:00pm Eastern Time
Large Meeting Room
Lewes Public Library
  Adults     Older Adults  
  History and Genealogy  
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