Saturday, April 7, 2007

Presidential Biography on C-Span Book TV this weekend

Presidential Biography Panel with David Greenberg, "Calvin Coolidge"; Ira Rutkow, "James Garfield"; and Sean Wilentz, "Andrew Jackson"

On Saturday, April 7 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, April 8 at 10:25 pm on C-Span2 Book TV

Description: David Greenberg chronicles the life of Calvin Coolidge, America's 30th president, who presided in office from 1923 to 1929. In his new book Mr. Greenberg reports that President Coolidge, known as 'Silent Cal' for his tight lipped demeanor, was a great advocate of of the technology of his time, using newsreels and radio to connect with the American people. Also, featured on this panel is Sean Wilentz, author of a biography of Andrew Jackson, and Ira Rutkow, author of a biography of James Garfield. All three books are part of The American Presidents series published by Times Books. The talk is moderated by Hillel Italie of the Associated Press.

Author Bio: David Greenberg is a professor of history and media studies at Rutgers University. He is a columnist for Slate and the author of "Nixon's Shadow: The History of an Image." Sean Wilentz is a professor of American history at Princeton University. He is the author of "The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln", which was a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize. Ira Rutkow is a clinical professor of surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Rutkow is the author of "Bleeding Blue and Gray: Civil War Surgery and the Evolution of Medicine."

The rest of the weekend Book TV schedule is here.