American Histories: Candice Millard on A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President, David Nasaw on Joseph P. Kennedy and Les Standiford on the Band of Radicals Who Led the Colonies to War Saturday, Nov. 17, 3:00 p.m., Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
Author(s) and Guest(s)
Candice Millard's apearance is cancelled.
Candice Millard’s portrait of James A. Garfield,
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President (Anchor, $16.00) reveals one of the most extraordinary men ever elected to the office. Born into abject poverty, Garfield became a scholar, a Civil War hero, and an admired reformist congressman who was a passionate advocate of freed slaves. Gunned down only four months after taking office, his assassination plunged the country into turmoil. “. . . A fresh narrative that plumbs some of the most dramatic days in U.S. presidential history”— The Washington Post. Millard is The New York Times-bestselling author of The River of Doubt. David Nasaw
Joseph Patrick Kennedy—whose life spanned the First World War, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, the Second World War, and the Cold War—was the patriarch of America’s greatest political dynasty.
The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy (Penguin Press, $40.00) recounts the life of the indomitable and elusive figure whose dreams of advancement for his nine children were matched only by his extraordinary personal ambition and shrewd financial skills. Nasaw is the author of the New York Times bestselling Andrew Carnegie, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a BusinessWeek Best Book of the Year, and the winner of the New York Historical Society Prize in American History. Les Standiford
Les Standiford melds American history and politics into a true-life thriller in
Desperate Sons: Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, John Hancock, and the Secret Bands of Radicals Who Led the Colonies to War (Harper, $27.99). More than two hundred years ago, a group of British colonists in America decided that the conditions under which they were governed had become intolerable. Angry and frustrated that King George III and the British Parliament had ignored their lawful complaints and petitions, they decided to take action. This group of intelligent, committed men began a careful campaign that would channel feelings of vague injustice into an armed rebellion and give birth to a nation. Standiford is the bestselling author of twenty books, including Bringing Adam Home, the John Deal mystery series, and the works of narrative history The Man Who Invented Christmas (a New York Times Editor's Choice) and Last Train to Paradise.
Standiford is also a contributor to
My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop (Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, $23.95), an ode to the bookshops and booksellers that have nurtured, guided, and, and supported our great writers. My Bookstore collects the essays, stories, and words of gratitude and praise for stores across the country in 76 pieces written by our most beloved authors. It's a joyful, industry-wide celebration of our bricks-and-mortar stores and a clarion call to readers everywhere at a time when the value and importance of these stores should be shouted from the rooftops. Schedule
Miami Book Fair International * Miami Dade College
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)