Ann Compton Interviews 1920: The Year of the Six Presidents Author David Pietrusza on BookTV's After Words

Share Article

1920: The Year of the Six Presidents Author David Pietrusza Featured on C-SPAN (BookTV)'s After Words--Interviewed by ABC News Correspondent Ann Compton -- April 21-22, 2007

Award-winning author David Pietrusza will discuss his latest book 1920: The Year of the Six Presidents on C-SPAN's weekly After Words series, interviewed by ABC White House correspondent Ann Compton.

Pietrusza is the author or editor of over three dozen books is a CASEY Award winner and Edgar Award nominee.

Ann Compton has served as ABC White House correspondent since 1974. Her work on 9/11 has been honored by the Emmy and Peabody awards. She is a member of the Radio Hall of Fame and the Journalism Hall of Fame.

This episode of After Words will run at 9 PM (Eastern Time), Saturday, April 21 and at 6 PM and 9 PM, Sunday, April 22, 2007.

1920 chronicles the presidential election of 1920, one of the most dramatic ever. For the only time in the nation's history, six once-and-future presidents hoped to end up in the White House: Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, and Theodore Roosevelt. It was the first election in which women could vote, the first in which the black vote began to play a significant role, and the first under the national prohibition. Meanwhile, the 1920 census showed that America had become an urban nation--automobiles, mass production, chain stores, and easy credit transformed the economy and America was limbering up for the most spectacular decade of its history, the roaring '20s. 1920 presents a dazzling panorama of presidential personalities, ambitions, plots, and counterplots--a picture of modern America at the crossroads.

Publishers Weekly has praised 1920 as "absorbing . . . a broad, satisfying political and social history, in the style of Doris Kearns Goodwin."

Kirkus Reviews has praised 1920 as "a hugely fascinating episode in American history, told with insight and great humor, by an author in command of his subject."

John Rothman (KGO-San Francisco) found1920 to be "an absolutely wonderful book... absolutely marvelous, absolutely wonderful research... just a great read, marvelously done, brilliantly constructed and really integrat[ing] the entire story of one year--1920... if I were teaching a history class of early twentieth century America this is the book I would use... It reads like a novel but it's fact... a great book."

President George W. Bush has praised 1920 for "a fine job in capturing the personalities of an interesting cast of political characters and the era in which they lived," while Karl Rove found 1920 "a great read--chock full of great insights and brilliant portraits... a wonderful volume... a great read."

Since its inception in 2005, the weekly one-hour After Words (the successor to C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb's groundbreaking Booknotes) has featured such non-fiction authors as Jimmy Carter, Newt Gingrich, Bob Woodward, Natan Sharansky, Andrea Mitchell, Steve Forbes, Bill Richardson, Madeleine Albright, Andrea Mitchell, Ari Fleischer, Bob Dole, John Kasich, Simon Schama, George Soros, Kevin Phillips, Fred Barnes, Haynes Johnson, Sister Helen Prejean, George Wiegel, Barbara Ehrenreich, Bill Bradley, and Rahm Emmanuel.

Interviewers have included Brian Williams, Tom Daschle, Juan Williams, Susan Eisenhower, Jack Valenti, Marvin Kalb, James Lee Witt, Richard Cohen, Wesley Clark, Naomi Wolf, Peter Beinart, Georgie Ann Geyer, Roger Mudd, Bill Press, Hadassah Lieberman, Linda Chevez, Alive Rivlin, Victoria Toensing, Richard Norton Smith, George Will, and Eleanor Holmes Norton.

For more information contact: 518-374-8894 or visit:


Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author


Email >
Visit website