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Colin Powell on "My Antonia"

Covered wagon in Scotts Bluff National Monument, Nebraska. Photo by Podruznik

This month, the Montana Historical Society is kicking off their Big Read program with Willa Cather's gorgeous novel, My Antonia. The Big Read audio guide features an incredible roster of contributors, including Garrison Keillor who reads excerpts from the book. Another contributor just happens to be American statesman and retired four-star general, Colin Powell. In this "literary moment" from the half-hour audio guide, General Powell reflects on the transformative nature of Cather's lush depiction of the Midwestern plains. [1:06]

[audio:http://bigreadblog.arts.gov/audio/ColinAntonia.mp3]

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