All the Great Prizes: John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
John Taliaferro, Harold Holzer (moderator)
Tue, October 29th, 2013 | 6:30 pm
(Members $18)


Beginning his remarkable political career as personal secretary to Abraham Lincoln and ending it as secretary of state to Theodore Roosevelt, John Hay witnessed and, at times, orchestrated some of the most momentous events in American history. Biographer John Taliaferro, in conversation with Harold Holzer, provides a long-overdue look into the life and work of this unparalleled figure.


John Taliaferro is author of five books, the latest being All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt, and is a former senior editor at Newsweek. Harold Holzer (moderator) has written and edited more than 40 books on Lincoln and the Civil War and is the recipient of the National Humanities Medal. His latest book is The Civil War in 50 Objects.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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