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The Importance of Being Lucky: Robert Morgenthau and World War II
The President Bill Clinton Lecture Series in American History
Robert M. Morgenthau, Tom Brokaw (moderator)
Tue, December 11th, 2012 | 6:30 pm
(Members $18)

Note: This event is sold out



In this unique conversation with Tom Brokaw, Robert M. Morgenthau tells the story of one remarkable man’s experience in World War II: his own. The grandson of the U.S. Ambassador to Turkey at the outbreak of World War I and the son of FDR’s Secretary of the Treasury, Mr. Morgenthau began his own journey to prominence on the decks of naval destroyers. Join us for this frank and personal discussion with one of the city’s most indelible personalities.


Robert M. Morgenthau was elected to an unprecedented nine terms as New York District Attorney and served as U.S. Attorney under Robert F. Kennedy. He currently is Of Counsel at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Tom Brokaw (moderator) was the anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News” from 1983 to 2004 and has won numerous Emmy Awards. He is the author of the bestselling book The Greatest Generation.


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


To purchase tickets to public programs by phone, please call the New-York Historical Society’s in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily. Advance tickets may also be purchased on site at the New-York Historical Society admissions desk. Advance purchase is required to guarantee seating. All sales are final and payments cannot be refunded. Programs and dates may be subject to change. Management reserves the right to refuse admission to latecomers.


When you pre-order your ticket for a public program, for an extra $10 you can enjoy a pre-program glass of wine at Caffè Storico and we will reserve a priority seat for you. Select the “package ticket” option online and stop by Caffè Storico prior to the event.

Note: Cannot be purchased at time of program; drink must be redeemed before program begins. A full bar selection is also available; beverages exceeding $10 will be charged the a la carte menu price difference at time of redemption. Availability is limited.

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