Award-winning biographer/historian Ron Chernow leads off Seattle Arts & Lectures’ 2017-18 Literary\Arts Series at Benaroya Hall, and will show those on hand that he has a ‘step’ or two beyond the world of Alexander Hamilton. It was Ron Chernow’s biography, after all, which Lin-Manuel Miranda famously read on vacation, and decided must be a hip-hop musical. Whether or not that happens with his newest book remains to be seen, but the story he tells in his newest book, Grant (Penguin Press), is a major story in our history.
Ulysses S. Grant, as general, as president, as a full, complex person over a cathartic period of U.S. history, is written of here with verve and authority. “[A] beautifully written portrait….Chernow doesn’t gloss over Grant’s struggle with alcoholism or his tendency to trust shady operators. However, his willingness to protect the gains of freemen and to fight the KKK was an example of the moral courage he consistently displayed. This is a superb tribute to Grant, whose greatness is earning increased appreciation.” — Booklist.
“The definitive biography for the foreseeable future.” – Publishers Weekly.
Presented by SEATTLE ARTS & LECTURES. Other SAL programs in October include:
10/4: Janet Mock
10/9: Stephen Burt
10/27: Nikki Giovanni with Sherman Alexie