March 11, 2014 | Writing Presidential Histories: Timothy Naftali and Evan Thomas

 
20 COOPER SQUARE, FIFTH FLOOR, NEW YORK, NY 10003
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Tuesday,
March
11
7:00 PM
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WRITING PRESIDENTIAL HISTORIES: TIMOTHY NAFTALI & EVAN THOMAS

From the early years of the republic to the 21st century–from Parson Weems to Doris Kearns Goodwin–presidential historians and biographers have created lasting impressions of the individuals who have held the nation’s highest office, their scholarship informing and influencing generations of readers. Some books about presidents prove so central to our interpretation of American history they become history in their own right. But shaping the world’s understanding of such powerful and influential figures comes with special responsibility, as political winds and sympathies shift over time, records are declassified, and new information from historical witnesses comes to light. Presidential historians Timothy Naftali and Evan Thomas will explore the dynamics of how declassification and privacy issues make revisionism inevitable.

Timothy Naftali (George H. W. Bush; “One Hell of a Gamble”: Khrushchev, Castro and Kennedy, 1958-1964) is Director of the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at NYU. He was the first director of the newly federalized Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, and is currently working on a presidential biography of John F. Kennedy.

Evan Thomas (Ike’s BluffRobert F. KennedySea of Thunder) was for three decades a writer and editor at Time and Newsweek. Since 2007 a Ferris Visiting Professor of Journalism at Princeton University, he is currently writing a biography of Richard Nixon.

Eric Banks, Director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU, will moderate the discussion. This event is co-sponsored with the New York Institute for the Humanities and the NYU Division of Libraries. 

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