2012 National Book Festival: History and Biography

September 14, 2012

Schedule of events:

SATURDAY, SEPT. 22

10:00-10:45 Walter Isaacson is the author of “Steve Jobs,” a biography of the visionary head of Apple Inc. His previous books include “Einstein: His Life and Universe,” “Benjamin Franklin: An American Life” and “Kissinger: A Biography.” A former chairman and chief executive of CNN and editor of Time magazine, he is the president and chief executive of the Washington-based Aspen Institute and chairman of the board of Teach for America.Signing at 11.


Author Robert Caro (Joyce Ravid)

10:55-11:40 Robert A. Caro is the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, two National Book Critics Circle awards and the National Book Award. He is the author of “The Years of Lyndon Johnson,” a multi-volume biography of the 36th president of the United States. Its fourth and most recent volume, “The Passage of Power,” covers Johnson’s vice presidential years and the first weeks of his presidency. Caro’s first book, “The Power Broker,” a biography of New York City’s “master builder” Robert Moses, was chosen by the Modern Library as one of the 100 greatest nonfiction books of the 20th century. Signing at 12:30.

11:50-12:35 Tony Horwitz After a decade as a foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, Tony Horwitz returned to the United States and won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. He also worked as a staff writer for the New Yorker before becoming a full-time author. His latest book is “Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War.” Signing at 1.

12:45-1:30 Elizabeth Dowling Taylor During a 22-year career in museum education and historical research, Elizabeth Dowling Taylor was director of interpretation at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and director of education at James Madison’s Montpelier. Now a fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Taylor has written “A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons,” a biography of a slave who served the fourth president as valet and head servant. Signing at 2.

1:40-2:25 John Lewis Gaddis won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for “George F. Kennan: An American Life,” a biography of the Cold War diplomat who originated the policy of containing communism. Gaddis’s other books include “The United States and the Origins of the Cold War, 1941-1947” and “We Now Know: Rethinking Cold War History.” Signing at 3.

2:35-3:20 Susan Tejada is the author of “In Search of Sacco and Vanzetti: Double Lives, Troubled Times, and the Massachusetts Murder Case That Shook the World.” A former writer and editor for the National Geographic Society, she has also worked as a photojournalist and taught nonfiction writing for young readers. Signing at 4.

3:30-4:15 Fergus M. Bordewich In “America’s Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise That Preserved the Union,”Fergus M. Bordewich tells the story of the nation’s westward expansion, slavery and the congressional debate preceding the Compromise of 1850. His previous books include “Washington: The Making of the American Capital” and “Killing the White Man’s Indian: Reinventing Native Americans at the End of the Twentieth Century.” Signing at 4:30.

4:25-5:10 Lien-Hang T. Nguyen is an associate professor of U.S. foreign policy at the University of Kentucky who specializes in Southeast Asia in the Cold War era. Her new book is “Hanoi’s War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam.” Signing at 3.

5:20-6:00 Remembering Dwight D. Eisenhower Washington Post book critic Jonathan Yardley will moderate a discussion of the five-star general who became America’s 34th president. Panelist Jean Edward Smith is the author of “Eisenhower in War and Peace.” Smith, whose previous books include “FDR” and “Grant,” is a professor of political science at Marshall University. Also participating will be the president’s grandson, David Eisenhower, and his wife, Julie Nixon Eisenhower, co-authors of “Going Home to Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961-1969.” David Eisenhower is a public policy fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Signing at 3:30.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 23

Noon-12:45 Susan Hertog’s new book chronicles the lives of two early feminists working in journalism: “Dangerous Ambition: Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson: New Women in Search of Love and Power.” Signing at 1:30.

12:55-1:40 John A. Farrell, a congressional correspondent for National Journal magazine, is the author of “Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned,” a biography of the legendary defense attorney. His previous writing includes the biography“Tip O’Neill and the Democratic Century.” Signing at 2.

1:50-2:35 David Maraniss , a longtime writer and editor at The Washington Post, is the author of “Barack Obama: The Story.” Previous books by Maraniss, who won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for his coverage of Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign, include “First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton” and “When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi.” Signing at noon.

3:40-4:25 David O. Stewart After practicing law for more than 25 years, David O. Stewart began writing history. His third and most recent historical work is “American Emperor: Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America.” He is president of the Washington Independent Review of Books, an online publication. Signing at 2.

4:35-5:20 Sally Bedell Smith has written books on Bill Clinton, Princess Diana, media giant William S. Paley, diplomat and socialite Pamela Harriman and the Kennedy White House. Her new book is “Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch.”She is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair magazine. Signing at 3.

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