Both revered and reviled, Henry Kissinger has advised every U.S. president from Kennedy to Obama. His road to prominence was anything but easy, and the achievements and disappointments he faced in his early years would ultimately help define the man he would become. Historian Niall Ferguson discusses Kissinger’s life prior to his appointment as Richard Nixon’s national security adviser, illuminating his dramatic rise from a Jewish refugee fleeing Nazi Germany to one of the most influential strategic thinkers in American history.
Nineteen Forty-Four was a year of titanic events that weighed heavy on an ailing President Franklin D. Roosevelt: reelection, the D-Day invasion, the liberation of Paris, the Battle of the Bulge, and the mounting evidence of the extermination of European Jews. Bestselling author Jay Winik reveals the extraordinary struggles FDR faced during 1944 and how his decisive actions shaped the outcome of history.
Under the leadership of President Bill Clinton, dramatic political, cultural, and technological shifts ushered in an age of prosperity and transformed America’s sociopolitical landscape. Historian Gil Troy reflects upon Clinton’s presidency, his evolving legacy, and the U.S. as it was under his guidance: a post-Cold War, pre-9/11 nation defined by boundless opportunity and great anxiety.
Beginning with Pearl Harbor and culminating in the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the great Pacific War would become the largest, bloodiest, and most complicated amphibious war in history. Using firsthand accounts, naval historian Ian W. Toll explores how the U.S. and Allied Forces rolled back the Japanese Pacific Empire island-by-island as they blazed their way towards Tokyo.
Both maudlin and Machiavellian, Richard Nixon transcended his origins as a shy outcast in Washington society to become a leader capable of great bravery and extraordinary deviousness. Award-winning author Evan Thomas peels back the layers on the nation’s 37th president, delivering a fascinating portrait of one of American history’s most infamous, paradoxical, and enigmatic politicians.
Between 1971 and 1973, President Nixon’s infamous voice-activated taping system secretly recorded 3,700 hours of unfiltered conversation within executive offices, including the Oval Office. Historian Douglas Brinkley, who was involved with the transcription project, provides a compelling overview of the tapes and how they offer an unprecedented glimpse into Nixon’s intellectual yet flawed presidency.
In conjunction with the release of her new memoir, The Lost Landscape: A Writer's Coming of Age, award-winning author Joyce Carol Oates—known for her raw and poignant writing which often explores themes of class tensions, adolescence, violence, and unapologetic portraits of human nature—reflects upon her prolific career and her coming-of-age as a writer in rural western New York
Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court, Stephen Breyer
Tue, 09/15/2015 - 18:30
Tue, September 15th, 2015 | 6:30 pm
Note: This event is sold out
Associate Justice Stephen Breyer examines the work of the nation’s highest court in our increasingly interconnected and globalized world—a world in which both public and private activity has obliged the Court to consider foreign events, laws, and practices. From copyright law to domestic relations to the interpretation of international treaty obligations, Justice Breyer illuminates how American jurists are becoming “constitutional diplomats.”