MORRISTOWN, NJ - Pulitzer Prize-winner Ron Chernow, whose best-selling book inspired the musical hit Hamilton, joins the roster of award-winning authors at Morristown Festival of Books with his sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant.
Chernow, best-selling author of Alexander Hamilton—the book that inspired one of the most successful musicals in American history—kicks off the Festival weekend with a discussion of his newest biography, Grant. An honors graduate of Yale and Cambridge, Chernow is one of the most distinguished commentators on history, politics, and business in America today. He has won virtually every major prize in American letters. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has hailed him as “one of the pre-eminent biographers of his generation,” while Fortune magazine has called him “America’s best business biographer.”
Chernow will be speaking at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 13, at the Mayo Performing Arts Center, South Street, Morristown. Call the Mayo box office now at 973- 539-8008 to order your tickets! Tickets are $42 for adults, $20 for students, and all adult tickets include a signed, hardcover copy of Grant (to be published October 10, 2017).
Ulysses S. Grant’s life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman, or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don’t come close to capturing him, as Chernow shows in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency.
With lucidity, breadth, and meticulousness, Chernow finds the threads that bind the disparate stories of his life together, shedding new light on the man whom Walt Whitman described as “nothing heroic … and yet the greatest hero.” Chernow’s probing portrait of Grant’s lifelong struggle with alcoholism transforms our understanding of the man at the deepest level. This is America’s greatest biographer, bringing movingly to life one of our finest but most underappreciated presidents. The definitive biography, Grant is a grand synthesis of painstaking research and literary brilliance that makes sense of all sides of Grant’s life, explaining how this simple Midwesterner could at once be so ordinary and so extraordinary.
Chernow is the prize-winning author of six previous books and the recipient of the 2015 National Humanities Medal. His first book, The House of Morgan, won the National Book Award, Washington: A Life won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography, and Alexander Hamilton—the inspiration for the Broadway musical—won the American History Book Prize. A past president of PEN America, Chernow has been the recipient of eight honorary doctorates. He resides in Brooklyn, New York. The all-day, free main Festival takes place on Saturday, October 14. More than 40 award-winning and best-selling authors will speak and answer questions in one-hour sessions at five locales, all within walking distance of each other along South Street in historic Morristown, including St. Peter’s Church Sanctuary and Parish House, The Church of the Redeemer, the Morristown/Morris Township Library and the Starlight Room at the Mayo Performing Arts Center. Book sales and signings will occur at a tent on the grounds of the historic Vail Mansion. The free, all-day Saturday Festival is presented by Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management.
For more information, go to www.morristownbooks.org.