Mount Vernon welcomes author David M. Rubenstein to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss his book The American Story: Conversations with Master Historians on Sunday, November 10, 2019.

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Header Image: Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States, Howard Chandler Christy. Courtesy of Architect of the Capitol.

About the Book

Co-founder of The Carlyle Group and patriotic philanthropist David M. Rubenstein takes readers on a sweeping journey across the grand arc of the American story through revealing conversations with our greatest historians.

In these lively dialogues, the biggest names in American history explore the subjects they’ve come to so intimately know and understand.

-David McCullough on John Adams
-Jon Meacham on Thomas Jefferson
-Ron Chernow on Alexander Hamilton
-Walter Isaacson on Benjamin Franklin
-Cokie Roberts on Founding Mothers
-Doris Kearns Goodwin on Abraham Lincoln
-A. Scott Berg on Charles Lindbergh
-Taylor Branch on Martin Luther King
-Robert Caro on Lyndon B. Johnson
-Bob Woodward on Richard Nixon
-And many others, including a special conversation with Chief Justice John Roberts

Through his popular program The David Rubenstein Show, David Rubenstein has established himself as one of our most thoughtful interviewers. Now, in The American Story, David captures the brilliance of our most esteemed historians, as well as the souls of their subjects. The book features introductions by Rubenstein as well a foreword by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, the first woman and the first African American to lead our national library. Richly illustrated with archival images from the Library of Congress, the book is destined to become a classic for serious readers of American history.

Through these captivating exchanges, these bestselling and Pulitzer Prize–winning authors offer fresh insight on pivotal moments from the Founding Era to the late 20th century.

About the Author

David M. Rubenstein is a Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest and most successful private investment firms.  Carlyle manages $223 billion from 33 offices around the world.

Mr. Rubenstein is also a leader in the area of patriotic philanthropy, having made transformative gifts for the restoration or repair of the Washington Monument, Monticello, Montpelier, Mount Vernon, Arlington House, Iwo Jima Memorial, the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian, the National Archives, the National Zoo, the Library of Congress, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Mr. Rubenstein has also provided to the U.S. government long-term loans of his rare copies of the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Emancipation Proclamation, the 13th Amendment, the first map of the U.S. (Abel Buell map), and the first book printed in the U.S. (Bay Psalm Book).

Mr. Rubenstein hosts The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations on Bloomberg TV and PBS.

 

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