Virtual program to explore books Presidents wrote

Gunn Historical Museum in Washington will present a book discussion about “Author in Chief: The Untold Story of Our Presidents and the Books They Wrote” Jan. 11 at 6:30 p.m.

The book’s author, Craig Fehrman, will lead the virtual program on Zoom.

Fehrman will open a window into presidential biography by analyzing American presidents through the lens of the works they have written.

Most Americans are familiar with Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and the Emancipation Proclamation, yet few can name his published collection of speeches, “Political Debates between Hon. Abraham Lincoln and Hon. Stephen A. Douglas,” that helped him win the presidency.

Touching on Thomas Jefferson's “Notes on the State of Virginia,” the first presidential book to influence a campaign; John Adams's “Autobiography,” the first score-settling presidential memoir; never-before published letters from Andrew Jackson, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan, Fehrman will cast light on the private drives and self-doubts that fueled our nation's leaders.

Fehrman is an author, journalist and historian who has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal, among others.

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