Co-founder of The Carlyle Group and patriotic philanthropist David M. Rubenstein takes readers on a sweeping journey across the grand arc of the American story through revealing conversations with our greatest historians.
In these lively dialogues, the biggest names in American history explore the subjects they’ve come to so intimately know and understand.
— David McCullough on John Adams
— Jon Meacham on Thomas Jefferson
— Ron Chernow on Alexander Hamilton
— Walter Isaacson on Benjamin Franklin
— Doris Kearns Goodwin on Abraham Lincoln
— A. Scott Berg on Charles Lindbergh
— Taylor Branch on Martin Luther King
— Robert Caro on Lyndon B. Johnson
— Bob Woodward on Richard Nixon
—And many others, including a special conversation with Chief Justice John Roberts
Through his popular program The David Rubenstein Show, David Rubenstein has established himself as one of our most thoughtful interviewers. Now, in The American Story, David captures the brilliance of our most esteemed historians, as well as the souls of their subjects. The book features introductions by Rubenstein as well a foreword by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, the first woman and the first African American to lead our national library. Richly illustrated with archival images from the Library of Congress, the book is destined to become a classic for serious readers of American history.
Through these captivating exchanges, these bestselling and Pulitzer Prize–winning authors offer fresh insight on pivotal moments from the Founding Era to the late 20th century.
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
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About the Author
David M. Rubenstein is a co-founder and co-executive chairman of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest and most successful private equity firms. Mr. Rubenstein is Chairman of the Boards of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Rubenstein is an original signer of The Giving Pledge and a recipient of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy and the MoMA’s David Rockefeller Award, among other philanthropic awards. The host of The David Rubenstein Show on Bloomberg TV and PBS, he lives in the Washington, DC area.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden ix
Introduction David M. Rubenstein xi
1 Jack D. Warren Jr. on George Washington 1
2 David McCullough on John Adams 26
3 Jon Meacham on Thomas Jefferson 45
4 Ron Chernow on Alexander Hamilton 67
5 Walter Isaacson on Benjamin Franklin 91
6 Cokie Roberts on Founding Mothers 116
7 Doris Kearns Goodwin on Abraham Lincoln 137
8 A. Scott Berg on Charles Lindbergh 160
9 Jay Winik on Franklin Delano Roosevelt 185
10 Jean Edward Smith on Dwight D. Eisenhower 206
11 Richard Reeves on John F. Kennedy 229
12 Taylor Branch on Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement 249
13 Robert A. Caro on Lyndon B. Johnson 273
14 Bob Woodward on Richard M. Nixon and Executive Power 297
15 H. W. Brands on Ronald Reagan 317
16 Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. on the U. S. Supreme Court 342
About the Contributors 369
Image Credits 375