no. it was never really talked about until recently. but i don't know, personally there's a lot of economic potential there because if they do open up relations in cuba who is going to provide them with everything? it's going to be america. but at the same time we have to make sure that human rights that the castro regime reduces the human rights violations and lets people be free and gives them more liberty. but no, i did not give any personal experience in my time. >> one more, she's chomping at the bit back there. [laughter] >> he approved it. the boss said so yes you got it. [laughter] >> hello, thank you for being here because i appreciate what you have done for our country. what is your view on benghazi?
[laughter] [inaudible conversations] >> i talk about it a lot in the book. but i think that there were failures in his eggs of leadership before, during and after. because of this they were asking for more security and it's a volatile area libya is a disaster. during you didn't have anyone going in there there were forces that could have initiated doing something there was a fifth force and i've served on those before and i got my urban deer, all this stuff you have to be back within an hour, you grab your bags and are getting into the fight. every red blooded american would be chomping at the bit to get in there and get into the fight to
save american and many of us probably have had friends who have died doing that and it goes against everything to be doing that. there are a lot of unanswered questions, we are getting information now that is pulled out through the subpoena, we don't know what hillary was doing you have no idea what they were doing during the osama bin laden made even though we have this effort to do so them and then you have the cover-up and a really goes with my book to talk about personal and political gain, they wanted to show that libya was pacified because they were, it's like the guise of the duty to stop qadhafi from killing the people, i would submit to you that many more people were killed, genocide of christians isis has a radio station and tv station right now, it's a disaster. before and during and after tons of failures, hillary
clinton decides to run i hope the american people really seek the truth. so thank you. i appreciate it. [applause] >> booktv on twitter and facebook and we want to hear from you. post a comment on our facebook page at facebook.com/booktv. you are watching booktv on c-span2, this weekend we are visiting saint augustine florida, with the help of comcast. next we are visiting with thomas graham's book examines the life of henry flagler who is largely credited with developing florida's eastern coast into a tourist destination. >> we are in the grand parlor of
the hotel in saint augustine, florida. this was the area of the most elegant winter resort hotel in the country when it opened in the 1880s and this room was used for perceptions on occasions, president grover cleveland had a reception here, admirals had a reception here. warren harding had a reception here in 1921. and so it is a room that is full of history. the hotel ponce de leon was built and flagler is a man who is very little known outside of his data florida but one of the wealthiest men in america. he essentially had been a cofounder of the standard oil company with john rockefeller
and in the early years of standard oil they were best friends. they had homes on euclid avenue in cleveland near each other, when standard moved its headquarters to new york city, rockefeller and he had homes across the street from each other on its avenue. they pushed their desks back together back to back up that they could hand the documents back and forth to each other. and flagler was standard oil's real mown -- railroad man. he was the person that worked out deals with the railroads in pennsylvania and new york and ohio to haul the standard oil products. flagler was noted for driving
hard bargains. he would get rebates from the railroad, which would be reduced rate for standard products. and that gave standard a big advantage over his competitors in that it can ship more cheaply over the railroad then they could. the other thing that he did was he originated the idea of this standard oil trust. a way of combining various refining companies into one big organization and later on john rockefeller was asked who had come up with the idea of the trust. rockefeller said that i wish i would have had the brains to think of it but it was the idea of henry flagler.
so he was a key person in standard oil. although he has not been giving much credit in the general histories. and it was perhaps the largest corporation in the world and i think that henry flagler was looking for a new challenge and was a man that always wanted to undertake some great enterprise. as it turned out florida was it. he had invested in florida in the early 1880s because another of his neighbors on fifth avenue in new york was henry plant, a railroad builder in the south that was building a railroad line down to tampa on the west coast of florida and he
invested some money in his enterprises, later on when both of them were very active in florida, they essentially divided the state rather than compete with each other, plant took the west coast and flagler took the east coast and they both built railroads and hotels. they were family competitors. when he decided to build the hotel ponds daily on to begin his florida enterprises, he realized that the industrial and commercial revolution had created a large class of wealthy people and also of upper middle-clmiddle-cl people and people that could take the time and who have the money to come to florida in the wintertime and he said what would they want a macro well, they would want a
modern hotel that had electricity. one that had an excellent up-to-date kitchen and dining room, one that had steam heat and elevators, all of the amenities that the first-class hotel would have. and so he gave this to him, but he did so in the setting of a spanish renaissance palace he hired thomas hastings and john greer, two young architects that would later go on to be the architects most notably of the newark public library. and they turned what had been a march into a luxury resort hotel that look like something had
been picked up spain and brought over here and it dropped down on the east coast in what was then an old spanish town. saint augustine was noted at the time and still is as the oldest city in america. so he was sensitive in coming up with a modern building and one that would fit in with the ambience of an old spanish town. henry flagler was a hardheaded businessman and as we saw in standard oil he was a hardheaded business man and also someone that had big ideas, there he was able to envision a giant corporation. i believe he came with a limited idea at first to just build a
hotel in saint august dean. but i also believe very quickly that that dream expanded. he realized that he needed to own the railroad between jacksonvjacksonv ille and saint augustine to make sure that his death could get through conveniently. he built the first railroad bridge across the st. johns river in jacksonville so that people could make it from new york to saint augustine without changing trains and in buying that railroad, he bought the rights to extend the railroad all the way to daytona beach. and this is even before he had completed his hotel in saint august bean and soap really the dream was beginning and later on someone asked him that question, did you envision an empire that would extend all the way to
miami and key west and flagler said yes, he was a man that had big dreams and he was a visionary. so what impact did he have on florida history and on the future of florida two and would florida have developed the same way that it did without flagler. well, we don't know, but i suppose you could guess that yes, florida would have developed pretty much the same way and he certainly accelerated the process. until he built a railroad, you simply couldn't develop a railroad like palm beach or miami until you have secured rail transportation to the outside world. and so he realized that he was
pioneering and that he was opening up these areas to development. and in his old age he always says i didn't appreciate how quickly this would happen. >> from warren information on the many cities we visit with our local content vehicles, go to c-span.org last local content. and here's a look at some of the books being published this week. a series of sexual assaults or discuss that took place at the university of montana. fox news contributor and press secretary share stories from years in the white house in her book. and this nobel prize winner says
>> as we speak, alaska has just legalized general recreational use. and public opinion has shifted very much in that direction. and pretty dramatically. maybe even more dramatically than gay marriage this shift in public opinion to the favorable side. and, you know, 20 years 15, 20 years ago maybe 20% of the american people were in favor of legalization, now something like 60%. and given the evidence we thought it important to write this book, and no one else seemed to be writing it, and i don't think anyone has, about why this is a bad idea. the other thing is and this is very relevant is as public opinion has softened on marijuana -- maybe 60% in favor of legalization -- the scie