Live from Prairie Lights: Craig Fehrman
Mar 25, 2020
15 South Dubuque Street, Iowa City, IA 52240
Journalist and Historian Craig Fehrman will read from Author in Chief: The Untold Story of Our Presidents and the Books They Wrote.
"Craig Fehrman takes us from Thomas Jefferson—a president who happened also to be the best prose stylist around—to the age of the obligatory campaign biography, on to the modern blockbuster. Along the way we meet revisionists, ghost writers (Truman went through four), runaway bestsellers (it seems there was a sport at which Calvin Coolidge excelled), surprising flops. We learn that the Civil War turned the occasional authorial impulse into a flood of literature; that Nathaniel Hawthorne quietly wrote a campaign biography; that the most literate presidents can meet with the worst reviews." —Stacy Schiff
Craig Fehrman is a journalist and historian who's written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. He lives in Indiana.
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