The Grand Design: Strategy and the U.S. Civil War
Collaborative Programs
Word for Word Non-Fiction at the Bryant Park Reading Room
Donald Stoker
Wed, August 21st, 2013 | 7:00 pm


In collaboration with the New-York Historical Society and Oxford University Press, the Bryant Park Reading Room presents a series of free lectures to stimulate your mind on popular topics including politics, biography, Civil War history, and more.

How did Abraham Lincoln effectively lead the Union to victory during the Civil War? Donald Stoker, author of The Grand Design, reveals the most important element in the war’s outcome—strategic planning—examining the fascinating motivations behind the war and “how chance, vision, and perseverance actually led to the restoration of our country" (Sacramento Book Review).

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Donald Stoker is a Professor of Strategy and Policy for the U.S. Naval War College's program at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Author of five other books, his most recent title, The Grand Design: Strategy and the U.S. Civil War, won the distinguished Fletcher Pratt award for best non-fiction Civil War book in 2010.


This program will be held at the Reading Room in Bryant Park. The Reading Room is located on the 42nd Street side of the park between 5th and 6th Avenues. Look for the burgundy and white umbrellas.
Rain Venue: In case of summer showers, there will be an on-site tent. For stormy weather, the program would take place at The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, 20 West 44th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues). Please note that not all rooms in The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen are handicapped accessible. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Free Admission. No advance reservation is required. First come, first served.


This program is produced in partnership with the Bryant Park Corporation and Oxford University Press.

Creative: Tronvig Group