Saturday, May 6, 2017

Coming June 8, 2017


Due to scheduling conflicts this event has been CANCELLED. Roundtable member and historian Richard Welch has graciously volunteered to step into the breech and speak about an aspect of the Civil War not often addressed. 


Amanda Foreman will discuss her widely acclaimed book A World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War. Her book was the winner of the Fletcher Pratt Award for Civil War History, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the New York Times Top Ten Books of 2011 and named one of the Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Chicago Tribune, The Economist, Nancy Pearl, NPR, Bloomberg.com, Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly.  



(Amazon) “In this brilliant narrative, Amanda Foreman tells the fascinating story of the American Civil War—and the major role played by Britain and its citizens in that epic struggle. Between 1861 and 1865, thousands of British citizens volunteered for service on both sides of the Civil War. From the first cannon blasts on Fort Sumter to Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, they served as officers and infantrymen, sailors and nurses, blockade runners and spies. Through personal letters, diaries, and journals, Foreman introduces characters both humble and grand, while crafting a panoramic yet intimate view of the war on the front lines, in the prison camps, and in the great cities of both the Union and the Confederacy. In the drawing rooms of London and the offices of Washington, on muddy fields and aboard packed ships, Foreman reveals the decisions made, the beliefs held and contested, and the personal triumphs and sacrifices that ultimately led to the reunification of America.” 



"Though with the North we sympathize It must not be forgotten That with the South we’ve stronger ties Which are composed of cotton. Punch, 30 March, 1861." 


Amanda Foreman is the author of the prize-winning best sellers, ‘Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire', and 'A World on Fire: A Epic History of Two Nations Divided'. She is currently a columnist for 'The Wall Street Journal'. Her latest work is the BBC documentary series, 'The Ascent of Woman'. In 2016, Foreman served as chair of The Man Booker Prize. Her book on the history of women, 'The World Made by Women', will be published in 2017. She is a co-founder of the literary nonprofit, House of Speak Easy Foundation, a trustee of the Whiting Foundation, and an Honorary Research Senior Fellow in the History Department at the University of Liverpool. Amanda lives in New York with her husband and five children.