Ron Chernow on Ulysses S. Grant

The Brooklyn Historical Society brings Ron Chernow to Brooklyn Heights for a special night on Thursday, October 11, 2018, as he presents a Book Talk on Ulysses S. Grant

Ron Chernow on Ulysses S. Grant

Brooklyn Historical Society | Brooklyn Heights

The Brooklyn Historical Society brings Ron Chernow to Brooklyn Heights for a special night on Thursday, October 11, 2018, as he presents a Book Talk on Ulysses S. Grant, his peerless approach to the complicated figure of Ulysses S. Grant in this exploration of the story behind the larger-than-life general and president.

Ron Chernow is the prize-winning author of six books and the recipient of the 2015 National Humanities Medal. His first book, The House of Morgan, won the National Book Award, Washington: A Life won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, and Alexander Hamilton was the inspiration for the Broadway musical.

Chernow began his career as a freelance journalist. He wrote more than 60 articles in national newspapers and magazines from 1973 to 1982. In the mid-1980s, he put his writing pursuits aside when he began serving as the director of financial policy studies with the Twentieth Century Fund, which is based in New York City. In 1986, he left the organization and refocused his efforts on writing. In addition to his background writing nonfiction works and biographies, Chernow continues to contribute articles to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He has also provided commentary on business, politics, and finance on national radio and television shows, while additionally appearing as an expert in documentary films.

In 2011, Chernow signed a deal to write a comprehensive biography on Ulysses S. Grant. Chernow explained his transition from writing about George Washington to Grant: "Makes some sense as progression. Towering general of Revolution to towering general of Civil War. Both two-term presidents, though with very different results." Grant was released on October, 10, 2017 and the biography strongly argues against conventional wisdom that Grant was an "...adequate president, a dull companion and a roaring drunk." The book received overwhelmingly positive reviews and was named by The New York Times as one of the 10 Best Books of 2017.

 


Bank of America Presents History Makers: Ron Chernow on Ulysses S. Grant


Thursday, October 11
Doors: 6:00 pm
Event: 6:30 pm
$10 General Admission / $5 for Members

 

Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) functions as a library, museum, and urban education center dedicated to the people of Brooklyn, providing opportunities for civic dialogue and thoughtful engagement.

 

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