Thursday, June 26, 2008

History with a little bit of wine in the Hamptons this weekend.

History with a little bit of wine in the Hamptons this weekend. We'll be talking about the Kennedy and the Bush political dynasties this Sunday and I'm all revved up to throw in my two cents.
The newly-issued edition of "The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings" is coming out in two weeks, along with a brand new Warner Home Video documentary this fall based on the book. As a warm-up, I'll be appearing Sunday, June 29 at Palmer Vineyards "Writers on the Vine" series hosted by Larry Davidson, along with author and journalist Craig Unger. We'll be talking about politics, the media and the role of the Kennedys and Bushes legacies in the 2008 presidential campaign.
Here's the details:
Sunday, June 29th, "Writers on the Vine", Palmer Vineyards, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Topic: Then and Now
Thomas Maier, "The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings"
Craig Unger, "The Fall of the House of Bush". Unger is a New York Times Best-Selling author and a frequent analyst on CNN and other broadcast outlets. He has written for "The New Yorker", "Esquire" and "Vanity Fair".
Directions to Palmer Vineyards: LIE to last exit (exit 73). Continue east on RT 58 to Osborne Ave. Turn left. Drive to end (Sound Ave). Turn right. Drive 6 miles to Palmer Vineyards, on the left.
From the South Shore:
Route 27-Sunrise Highway to 24 North. 24 North to Route 105 North. Right on to 105. Take 105 to the second light, Route 43. Make a right on Route 43 and go to the end, Sound Ave. Make a right on Sound Ave. The Winery is 1 1/2 miles on the left.

45th Anniversary of John F. Kennedy and Ireland -- Display at JFK Library and Read More in Re-Issued Book Along with New Warner Home DVD

At the JFK Library in Boston, there's a display "John F. Kennedy and Ireland" that examines the influence of his Irish-Catholic immigrant background. This week marks the 45th anniversary of JFK''s extraordinary trip to Ireland in June 1963, a few months before his assassination. My newly re-issued biography, "The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings", goes much further in examining the impact of the family's Irish Catholic immigrant roots on their public and private lives.

Here's a few snippets from the JFK Library on-line display:
During President Kennedy’s historic visit to Ireland in June 1963, he remarked to the people of New Ross, Ireland:
“When my great grandfather left here to become a cooper in East Boston, he carried nothing with him except two things: a strong religious faith and a strong desire for liberty. I am glad to say that all of his great-grandchildren have valued that inheritance.”

“If the day was clear enough, and if you went down to the bay and you looked west, and your sight was good enough, you would see Boston, Massachusetts,” President Kennedy said at the time. “And if you did, you would see down working on the docks there some Dougherty’s and Flaherty’s and Ryan’s and cousins of yours who have gone to Boston and made good.”