HYDE PARK – The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum presents an author talk and signing with Clay Risen author of THE CROWDED HOUR: THEODORE ROOSEVELT, THE ROUGH RIDERS, AND THE DAWN OF THE AMERICAN CENTURY on Thursday, November 14, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. The program will be held in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home.
According to Clifford Laube, Public Programs Specialist for the FDR Presidential Library and Museum, the event is free but registration is required. To do so, please visit www.fdrlibrary.org.
In summary, the book begins when America declared war on Spain in 1898. The U.S. Army had just 26,000 men, spread around the country — hardly an army at all. In desperation, the Rough Riders were born. A unique group of volunteers, ranging from Ivy League athletes to Arizona cowboys and led by Theodore Roosevelt, helped secure victory in Cuba in a series of gripping, bloody fights across the island. Roosevelt called their charge in the Battle of San Juan Hill his “crowded hour” — a turning point in his life, one that led directly to the White House. “The instant I received the order,” wrote Roosevelt, “I sprang on my horse and then my ‘crowded hour’ began.” As THE CROWDED HOUR: THEODORE ROOSEVELT, THE ROUGH RIDERS, AND THE DAWN OF THE AMERICAN CENTURY reveals, it was a turning point for America as well, uniting the country and ushering in a new era of global power.
Clay Risen is the deputy op-ed editor at The New York Times and the award-nominated author of THE CROWDED HOUR; SINGLE MALT: A GUIDE TO THE WHISKIES OF SCOTLAND; THE BILL OF THE CENTURY: THE EPIC BATTLE FOR THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT; the bestselling AMERICAN WHISKEY, BOURBON AND RYE: A GUIDE TO THE NATION’S FAVORITE SPIRIT; and A NATION ON FIRE: AMERICA IN THE WAKE OF THE KING ASSASSINATION. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.