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Adam Goodheart

May 3, 2011

Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall, 4:30 p.m.

The Sophie Kerr Committee, the Rose O’Neill Literary House, and the Washington College Department of History Present 1861: The Civil War Awakening

Washington College’s Adam Goodheart will give a reading from his new book, 1861: The Civil War Awakening, which was published two weeks ago by Alfred A. Knopf and is already a New York Times Best Seller garnering wide critical acclaim. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a book-signing.

Sponsored by the Sophie Kerr Committee, the Rose O’Neill Literary House, and the Washington College Department of History, the reading will take place in Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall, located on the Washington College campus, 300 Washington Ave.

In a publishing year in which the 150th anniversary of the Civil War has sparked a flood of new books about the conflict, none has received more positive press and critical praise than 1861 . In a front-page review in the April 24 issue of the New York Times Book Review , Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Debby Applegate praised Goodheart’s account of the secession crisis as “exhilarating” and “inspiring.” Kirkus Reviews called it “beautifully written and thoroughly original�quite unlike any other Civil War book out there,” and Pulitzer-winning historian James McPherson wrote that “Adam Goodheart is a Monet with a pen instead of a paintbrush.”

The new work of history, which Knopf describes as “a sweeping portrait of America on the brink of its defining national drama,” was also excerpted in the New York Times Magazine on April 3. 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.

Adam Goodheart is the Hodson Trust-Griswold Director of Washington College’s C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience.

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