JFK'S LAST HUNDRED DAYS by Thurston Clarke

August 22, 2013

Thurston Clarke spoke about his book, JFK's Last Hundred Days, at Politics & Prose on Thursday, August 22, 2013.

JFK’s legacy lies as much in the promise he didn’t live to fulfill as in what he actually accomplished. In this rich narrative history of Kennedy’s final three months, Clarke, author of books on both John and Robert Kennedy, looks at the president’s work on civil rights and nuclear-test-ban treaties, as well his personal resolve to be a better family man after the death of his infant son, to suggest what Kennedy might have achieved.

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ISBN: 9780143125730
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Published: Penguin Books - July 29th, 2014

MATHEW BRADY by Robert Wilson

August 19, 2013

Robert Wilson spoke about his book, Mathew Brady: Portraits of a Nation, at Politics & Prose on Monday, August 19, 2013.

Mathew Brady is remembered as perhaps the Civil War photographer—but in fact he couldn’t stomach battlefields and assigned others to take the pictures that his photographic service then managed. Wilson, American Scholar editor and biographer of Clarence King, presents a new image of Brady, profiling him as a businessman, studio portraitist, and historian.

THE BUTLER by Wil Haygood

July 30, 2013

Wil Haygood spoke about his book, The Butler, in front of a record crowd at Politics & Prose on Tuesday, July 30, 2013.

When acclaimed Washington Post writer Wil Haygood had an early hunch that Obama would win the 2008 election, he thought he’d highlight the singular moment by exploring the life of someone who had come of age when segregation was so widespread, so embedded in the culture as to make the very thought of a black president inconceivable. He struck gold when he tracked down Eugene Allen, a butler who had served no fewer than eight presidents, from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. During his thirty-four years of service, Allen became what the Independent described as a “discreet stagehand who for three decades helped keep the show running in the most important political theatre of all.”

While serving tea and supervising buffets, Allen was also a witness to history as decisions about America’s most momentous events were being made. Here he is at the White House while Kennedy contemplates the Cuban missile crisis; here he is again when Kennedy’s widow returns from that fateful day in Dallas. Here he is when Johnson and his cabinet debate Vietnam, and here he is again when Ronald Reagan is finally forced to get tough on apartheid. Perhaps hitting closest to home was the civil rights legislation that was developed, often with passions flaring, right in front of his eyes even as his own community of neighbors, friends, and family were contending with Jim Crow America.

With a foreword by the Academy Award– nominated director Lee Daniels, The Butler also includes an essay, in the vein of James Baldwin’s jewel The Devil Finds Work, that explores the history of black images on celluloid and in Hollywood, and fifty-seven pictures of Eugene Allen, his family, the presidents he served, and the remarkable cast of the movie.

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ISBN: 9781476752990
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Published: 37 Ink - July 30th, 2013