National Book Festival: History schedule


Doris Kearns Goodwin (Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP PHOTO)
August 22

10-10:45 Jonathan Allen is Washington bureau chief for Bloomberg News and former White House bureau chief for Politico. Amie Parnes is the Hill’s White House correspondent. Allen and Parnes co-wrote “HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton,” a biography that chronicles Clinton’s political revival after her defeat in the 2008 Democratic primary. Signing at 11.

10:55-11:40 Author and journalist Kai Bird is best known for his biographies of political figures. He has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Alicia Patterson Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Bird co-wrote (with Martin J. Sherwin) the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography “American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer.” In his latest work, “The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames,” Bird examines the life and legacy of one of the most important operatives in CIA history. Signing at noon.

11:50-12:35 Nina Khrushcheva is an associate professor in the Graduate Program of International Affairs at the New School and a senior fellow of the World Policy Institute. Her new book, “The Lost Khrushchev: A Journey into the Gulag of the Russian Mind,” tells the story of her grandfather, Leonid Khrushchev, the oldest son of Nikita Khrushchev. Part political memoir, part historical investigation, the book offers a unique perspective on the former Soviet premier’s life and death, and what they mean to contemporary Russia. Signing at 1.

12:45-1:30 Nick Kotz, a former Washington Post reporter, has been honored with multiple prizes including the Pulitzer, two Robert F. Kennedy awards and a National Magazine Award. His latest book, “The Harness Maker’s Dream: Nathan Kallison and the Rise of South Texas,” tells the story of his ancestor Nathan Kallison, a Jewish-Ukrainian immigrant who settled in San Antonio, where he founded one of the largest farm and ranch supply businesses in South Texas. Signing at 2.

1:40-2:25 Richard Moe served as chief of staff to Vice President Walter Mondale, was a member of President Carter’s senior staff and was president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. His book “Roosevelt’s Second Act: The Election of 1940 and the Politics of War,” winner of the 2013 PROSE Award in U.S. History, examines the 1940 election and FDR’s decision to seek a third term in office. Signing at 3.

2:35-3:20 Peniel E. Joseph is professor of history at Tufts University and author of “Waiting ’til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America” and “Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama.” In “Stokely: A Life,” Joseph provides an authoritative biography of Stokely Carmichael. Signing at 4.

3:30-4:15 Ian Morris is a professor of classics and history at Stanford University and a fellow of the Stanford Archaeology Center. His grants and prizes include awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the National Geographic Society and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In his latest book, “War! What Is It Good For? Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots,” he analyzes 15,000 years of conflict, exploring the costs and benefits of war. Signing at 5.

4:25-5:10 Louisa Lim is an NPR correspondent based in Beijing. Her book, “The People’s Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited,” examines the events of June 4, 1989, through eyewitness accounts and her own investigative research. Signing at 2:30.

5:20-6 Doris Kearns Goodwin will be interviewed by David Rubenstein, co-founder and chief executive of the Carlyle Group and co-chair of the National Book Festival. Goodwin’s most recent book, “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism,” explores the rise of muckraking journalism in the Progressive era. She received the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for “No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II.” Signing at 4.

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