Relying on a diverse cast of unforgettable characters, Max Boot crafts a complete global history of guerrilla uprisings through the ages. Beginning with the first insurgencies in the ancient world — when Alexander the Great discovered that fleet nomads were harder to defeat than massive conventional armies — Mr. Boot masterfully guides us from the Jewish rebellion against the Roman Empire up through the horrors of the French-Indochina War and the shadowy, post-9/11 battlefields of today.
Two titans in the world of architecture and preservation sit down for a talk in conjunction with the exhibition The Landmarks of New York and discuss how architects can honor the past without neglecting the future.
From the moment Chief Justice John Roberts administered the Oath of Office at Barack Obama’s inauguration, the relationship between the Supreme Court and the White House has been confrontational. Both men are brilliant and determined to change the course of the nation — and completely at odds on almost every major constitutional issue. Jeffrey Toobin gives a gripping insider’s account of the ideological war between the Roberts Court and the Obama administration.
He was the author of the Declaration of Independence, a leading thinker of the Enlightenment and one of America’s most fascinating Founding Fathers. Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham draws on his new biography to paint an intimate portrait of Jefferson — the human being, the president and the politician — a flawed, contradictory, elusive man at the center of a tumultuous and transformative time.
Americans have a love affair with Paris. From the days of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson through the era of the Grand Tour to today, Americans have been enthralled by the City of Light. But what makes the city so enchanting and enticing? Two writers who have lived in Paris and written about it discuss their personal connections to the city, exploring what it means to them and to Americans.
Not until she visited Texas, that proud state of big oil and bigger ambitions, did Gail Collins realize that she had missed the place that matters most in America’s political landscape. Through its vigorous support of banking deregulation, tax cuts, gun ownership and more, she argues that Texas has become the bellwether of a far-reaching national movement that continues to have profound social and economic implications for us all.
When you pre-order your ticket for this program, for an extra $10 you can enjoy a pre-program cocktail at Caffè Storico and we will reserve a priority seat for you. Just select the "package ticket" and stop by Caffè Storico at the New-York Historical Society prior to the event.
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Art Deco was the signature style of the boom times we call the Jazz Age. In New York, it coincided with the emergence of a new society that was breaking down Victorian mores and kicking up its heels. Then it all came to a sudden halt in 1929 when the stock market crashed. Join us to see New York’s first self-conscious embrace of the “new,” the last time “modernism” had fun.
From the time of Alexander Hamilton to Richard Nixon (with a time out for the Civil War), every American dollar was backed by gold and/or silver. In this program, three economists discuss the history of the Gold Standard and weigh the potential benefits and drawbacks that would come with its reinstatement. Why did America abandon it in 1971? And what would need to happen for America to return to a gold-based monetary system?
New York’s first Bohemian neighborhood was Greenwich Village in the 1910s, when everyone from Edna St. Vincent Millay to John Sloan made “the Village” their hangout. It became so hip that by the 1920s the Bohemian era was over, due to rising rents and new luxury apartment buildings...until the next disaffected generation took up the Village’s mantra of non-conformism. Join us for this lecture and slide show — back by popular demand — with architectural historian Barry Lewis.