Library of Congress

National Book Festival

At the 2018 National Book Festival


  • Understanding Our World
    Saturday, September 1
    2:50 pm - 3:40 pm

Book Signing

  • Saturday, September 1
    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Brooks D. Simpson is a professor of Civil War studies at Arizona State University. His book “Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph Over Adversity,” was a new York Times Notable Book. His other Civil War-era titles include “Advice After Appomattox,” “The Reconstruction Presidents,” “Collapse of the Confederacy” and “The Civil War: The First Year in the Words of Those Who Lived It.” He has recently edited “Reconstruction: Voices from America’s First Great Struggle for Racial Equality” (Library of America), a compilation of more than 100 contemporaneous letters, diary entries, interviews, petitions, testimonies and newspaper and magazine articles by well-known figures—Frederick Douglass, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Andrew Johnson, Thaddeus Stevens, Ulysses S. Grant, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mark Twain, Albion Tourgée—as well as by dozens of lesser-known men and women, black and white, Northern and Southern.

Brooks D. Simpson