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National Book Festival

The Arthur M. Schlesinger professor of history at City University of New York, David Nasaw excels at writing both scholarly and popular books. His scholarly works include “Schooled to Order: A Social History of Public Schooling in the United States” and “Children of the City: At Work and at Play.” He has also written best-selling and highly regarded biographies of some of America’s most fascinating characters: “The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst,” “Andrew Carnegie” and his most recent, “The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy” (Penguin). The New York Times heaped praise on the book, calling it “riveting history … a book hard to put down, a garland not lightly bestowed on a cinder block numbering 787 pages of text.”

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

David Nasaw

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