America's new past master.
Houston, TX (Vocus) September 19, 2009
Join Brazos Bookstore (2421 Bissonnet St.) on Tuesday, September 22, at 7:00 pm for a reading and signing by leading historian Douglas Brinkley, editor of The Reagan Diaries and author of the New York Times bestseller The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. His newest book, The Wilderness Warrior, released July 28, draws on never-before-published materials to examine the life and achievements of our "naturalist president," Theodore Roosevelt.
Between 1901 and 1909, Roosevelt set aside more than 230 million acres of wild America for posterity, leading a crusade for the American wilderness which Brinkley regards as perhaps the greatest U.S. presidential initiative between the Civil War and World War I. Roosevelt's legacies led to the creation of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and passage of the Antiquities Act in 1906. His executive orders saved such treasures as Devils Tower, the Grand Canyon, and the Petrified Forest.
Tracing the role of nature in Roosevelt's career, Brinkley analyzes the influence that John James Audubon and Charles Darwin had on our twenty-sixth president. With descriptive flair, the author illuminates Roosevelt's bird watching in the Adirondacks, wildlife obsession in Yellowstone, ranching in the Dakota Territory, and outdoor romps through Idaho and Wyoming. He profiles Roosevelt's incredible circle of naturalist friends, and brings to life anecdotes of wild-pig hunting in Texas and badger saving in Kansas. As we face the problems of global warming, overpopulation, and sustainable land management, this imposing leader's stout resolution to protect our environment is an inspiration and a contemporary call to arms for us all.
The Chicago Tribune has dubbed Douglas Brinkley "America's new past master." Six of his books have been selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and The Great Deluge was both the recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy prize and also a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Brinkley is the fellow in history at the Baker Institute and a professor of history at Rice University.
Before coming to Rice, he served as director of the Theodore Roosevelt Center for American Civilization at Tulane University. From 1994 to 2005 he was the Stephen E. Ambrose Professor of History and director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies at the University of New Orleans. He is also a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Times Book Review and American Heritage, as well as a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The New Yorker and The Atlantic Monthly.
Brazos Bookstore, a nationally renowned bookstore in Houston known for its author events and locally cherished for its careful, intelligent selection, is independently owned by a consortium of Houstonians. Located near Rice University, the store maintains an extensive inventory of literary fiction, non-fiction, biography, history, poetry, literary criticism, philosophy, art, architecture, cooking, travel and children’s books. Pre-purchase Brinkley’s books online at http://www.brazosbookstore.com or stop by to reserve your copies.
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