In a ceremonial faux pas, a loud rendition of "God Save the King" greets an indignant Oliver Cromwell, the only ruler of England who was neither a king nor a queen. He and Daniel O'Connel, "The great Irish Liberator" pursue the ancient tradition of discord between their two peoples which continues to the present day. Catherine the Great, empress of Russia for 30 years in the 19th century, describes her lifelong passion for her adopted country -and refuses to apologize for her more notorious passions.
Though all three of these giants suffered ignominious treatment in death, their dramatic interactions offer an exciting climax to this intellectually stimulating series of programs.
Meet more minds: listen to further volumes of Steve Allen's Meeting of Minds series.
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