University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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March 11-12, 2017 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

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March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Evan Thomas

Mr. Thomas is sponsored by Cushman & Wakefield / PICOR

Evan Thomas is the author of nine books: "The Wise Men" (with Walter Isaacson), "The Man to See," The Very Best Men," Robert Kennedy," John Paul Jones," Sea of Thunder," The War Lovers," Ike’s Bluff," and "Being Nixon: A Man Divided." "John Paul Jones" and "Sea of Thunder" were New York Times bestsellers. He is currently writing an authorized biography of Sandra Day O'Connor.

Thomas was a writer, correspondent, and editor for thirty-three years at Time and Newsweek, including ten years (1986–96) as Washington bureau chief at Newsweek, where, at the time of his retirement in 2010, he was editor-at-large. He wrote more than one hundred cover stories and in 1999 won a National Magazine Award. He wrote Newsweek’s fifty-thousand-word election specials in 1996, 2000, 2004 (winner of a National Magazine Award), and 2008.

He has appeared on many TV and radio talk shows, including Meet the Press and The Colbert Report, and has been a guest on PBS’s Charlie Rose more than forty times. The author of dozens of book reviews for The New York Times and The Washington Post, Thomas has taught writing and journalism at Harvard and Princeton, where, from 2007 to 2014, he was Ferris Professor of Journalism.

Scheduled events:
U.S. Presidents: Jefferson, Madison, Nixon & Eisenhower
How does history judge a president's accomplishments? Award-winning authors discuss the personalities, lives, and times of four of our nation's leaders.

Koffler Room 204 (Seats 304, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
History / Biography
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Koffler Patio (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Andrew Burstein, Nancy Isenberg, Evan Thomas
Moderator: Andrei Cherny
Freedom of the Press
The national media has taken a pummeling in the current political climate, a time when a free and unfettered press has never been more critical to American democracy. Three distinguished journalists discuss the future of the Fourth Estate and what unbiased and fact-based reporting will look like going forward.

Student Union Gallagher Theater (Seats 340)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Joe Conason, Maureen Dowd, Evan Thomas
Moderator: Jim Nintzel

Being Nixon: A Man Divided
History / Biography
Random House Trade Paper - PRH-R
March 2016
ISBN 9780812985412
Paperback, 640 pages
$18.00, INSTORE
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"What drove a painfully shy introvert so self-conscious he preferred telephone calls to meetings to pursue public office, and how did these same qualities presage his infamous downfall? Beginning with Nixon's painful and awkward stage debut, the narrative is fast-paced and colorful not another heavy and ponderous presidential biography but a detailed, dramatic, and perceptive character study that carefully examines both the good and bad sides of Richard Nixon. More/less

Ike's Bluff: President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World
History / Biography
Back Bay
September 2013
ISBN 9780316091039
Paperback, 496 pages
$18.00, INSTOCK
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Evan Thomas's startling account of how the underrated Dwight Eisenhower saved the world from nuclear holocaust. More/less

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friend of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management

Key Sponsors

Brucker Trust
Marshall Foundation
Monark Premium Appliance Company
William & Mary Ross Foundation
Western National Parks Association

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