Political Biographies

The panel members discussed biography as history and the problems of writing about notable figures in American history. H.W. Brands,… read more

The panel members discussed biography as history and the problems of writing about notable figures in American history. H.W. Brands, author of The First American: The Life and Times of Ben Franklin, published by Doubleday; William Cooper, author of Jefferson Davis, American, published by Knopf; Joseph Ellis, author of Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, published by Knopf; and Robert Slayton, author of Empire Statesman: The Rise and Redemption of Al Smith, published by Free Press, talked about the process involved in writing a political biography. After their presentations the panelists answered questions from members of the audience. This was the “American Stories” panel of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Program ID:
164051-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Forum
Location:
Los Angeles, California, United States
First Aired:
May 19, 2001
Last Aired:
Oct 10, 2011

Airing Details

  • May 19, 2001 | 7:59pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • May 20, 2001 | 11:01pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jun 10, 2001 | 1:15pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jun 25, 2001 | 5:51am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jul 29, 2001 | 8:55am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Oct 08, 2011 | 12:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Oct 09, 2011 | 5:01am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Oct 10, 2011 | 1:01am EDT | C-SPAN 3
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