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Tonight on KERA FM: Writers Studio with James McPherson
by Anne Bothwell 3 Jun 2010

James McPherson joins “The Writers Studio” tonight at 8 on KERA-FM.


James M. McPherson. Photo credit: David K. Crow

It’s the last night in the Writers Studio series, and we’re going out with a bang: historian and Pulitzer Prize-winner James McPherson.  Hope you’ve enjoyed listening to these interviews, recorded live and produced by the Writer’s Garret.

Here’s more on McPherson, from the Writer’s Garret program notes:

Early 2009 marked the bicentennial of the birthday of Abraham Lincoln. To date there are more than 15,000 books written about Lincoln and even more about the Civil War. Among those thousands already written and the many more popping up almost daily, James McPherson’s are among the finest. James McPherson is one of America’s most beloved historians, not only because of his passion toward scholarship, but also because of his literary talent of storytelling with an eye for detail. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Battle Cry of Freedom, his most famous book, and in 2000 he was named the “Jefferson Lecturer in the Humanities” by the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2007, he was awarded the $100,000 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for lifetime achievement in military history. His latest work, Tried by War, is a celebration and tribute to the life of Abraham Lincoln, written in prose that is as eloquent as it is accurate. Any listener of this Writers Studio will instantly recognize the parallels between that bloody age and our own, including Presidential “on-the-job” training; appointments to the cabinet from a “team of rivals”; bitter partisan politics; unprecedented expansion of executive power and privilege; suspension of habeas corpus for suspected enemies of state; and much more. McPherson describes through powerful testimony the truism, “When we fail to remember history, we inevitably repeat it.”