Time & Location
Aug 02, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
CLE Lecture Hall, 348 S 5th St, Highlands, NC 28741, USA
About the Event
Kai Bird published in 2021 his "epic" biography of former President Jimmy Carter to rave reviews for being "superior history, superbly researched and marvelously written." Historian Douglas Brinkley praised the book, "It is all here: Carter's family values, rural religiosity, folksy charm, staggering self-discipline, political acumen, brave adn visionary presidential leadership, intrepid globetrotting for peace, poetic soulfulness and ferocious intellect." Bird, a northerner who was raised in the Middle East by US diplomatic parents, spent years in researching and writing on Carter, no small part of which was trying to understand Carter's Southern roots and its influence and effect on his presidency. His book is the most recent of three significant books on the Carter presidency that have challenged the notion of a "failed" one-term presidency. he candidly discusses Carter's flaws and weaknesses, but also the successes and achievements that have contributed to these more positive assessments from historians. Bird is an effective and humble presenter who employs and exquisite and colorful storytelling, balance, humor and wisdom from his accumulated recognition as one of America's premier biographers.
Bird's biography of Carter will be available for sale and signing by the author at the lecture.
Location: The Performing Arts Center
Presenter: Kai Bird is a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist. He serves as Executive Director and Distinguished Lecturer of CUNY Graduate Center's Leon Levy Center of Biography. He presides over an annual conference of biographers on the art and craft of biography each May at CUNY Graduate Center.