Andrea Wulf, acclaimed author of Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens, visited Washington College as a part of the Chestertown Book Festival. In her book, Wulf vividly portrays the battalion of 18th-century scientists who braved hurricanes, tropical disease, pirates, plagues, and war to fan out across the globe and witness a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event.
On May 3 in Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall, C.V. Starr Center director Adam Goodheartread from his New York Times best-seller, 1861: The Civil War Awakening. Officially released April 5, the book has already garnered critical acclaim and widespread media attention, and graced the cover of the New York Times Book Review. Goodheart has recently appeared on panels with filmmaker Ken Burns and noted historians James McPherson of Princeton and David Blight of Yale, and will be giving talks and readings at universities and cultural institutions across the country in the months ahead.Goodheart’s reading was sponsored by the Sophie Kerr Committee, the Rose O’Neill Literary House and the Washington College Department of History. A book signing followed the talk.
For the second installment of the Chestertown Book Festival, Adam Goodheart, author of 1861: The Civil War Awakening and Richard Ben Cramer, author of What It Takes: The Way to the White House, discussed their books, the writing and research process, and their views on history.