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David B. Woolner will discuss his recently published book, The Last 100 Days: FDR at War and at Peace (4/18)

The first hundred days of FDR’s presidency are justly famous, often viewed as a period of political action without equal in American history. Yet as historian David B. Woolner reveals, the last hundred might very well surpass them in drama and consequence. Woolner will give a lecture on April 18, 2019 at 5:30 in Taylor Hall, 203. Woolner is the Senior Fellow and Resident Historian of the Roosevelt Institute, Professor of History at Marist College, and Senior Fellow of the Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College. He is the author of The Last 100 Days: FDR at War and at Peace (Basic Books, 2017), as well as the editor/co-editor of five other books.

Drawing on material from his recently published book, The Last 100 Days: FDR at War and at Peace, Professor Woolner will reflect on how a dying FDR used every ounce of his diminishing energy to pursue what mattered most to him: setting the world on a path to peace. In this fascinating account of FDR’s last days, Woolner will show us a President determined to secure the establishment of the United Nations, fashion a means to reinvigorate the New Deal, and work to promote the possibility of a Jewish homeland in Palestine, before finally succumbing to what Winston Churchill called “an enviable death.”

Sponsored by the History Department and a generous gift of the Backer Family.

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Posted by Office of Communications Friday, February 22, 2019