Library Programs

History and Biography Book Group – The Unruly City by Mike Rapport


Program Details

  • Date/Time: Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
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Second Tuesdays of the Month at 7:30 pm
co-sponsored by the NS Recreation Department

We have copies of the book for those who need one; this group is open to all on a drop-in basis. There is no registration.

 The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the year Martin Luther made his 95 Theses known to the world, thus changing the history of the church and in many ways the world.
January 9th – Martin Luther by Martin Marty. Marty, professor emeritus at the University of Chicago, examines the life of Martin Luther in this succinct biography, part of the Penguin Lives series. 

February 13th – Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick
This somewhat controversial book focuses on characters, the tragic events around Arnold and the weakness of the patriots’ forces.

March 6th – The History of the Hudson Valley: From Wilderness to Civil War by Vernon Benjamin. Guest visit by the author.

Vernon Benjamin will join the book group on March 6th to discuss his book. All are welcome and there is no registration. We have copies of the book for you to check out. This is jointly sponsored by the NS Town Historian.

April 10th – Lenin on the Train by Catherine Merridale
This has been called a gripping meticulously researched account of Lenin’s fateful 1917 rail journey from Zurich to Petrograd.

May 8th – The Last 100 Days: FDR at War and Peace by David Woolner
The first hundred days of FDR’s presidency are justly famous, often viewed as a period of political action without equal. Yet as historian Woolner reveals, the last hundred days may surpass them.

June 19th – The Unruly City: Paris, London and New York in the Age of Revolution by Mike Rapport
Rappaport offers a vivid history of three cities toward the end of the 18th century. NOTE DATE CHANGE TO JUNE 19TH

July 10th – Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson
Larson recounts the destruction of the city of Galveston in September 1900 by the deadliest hurricane in history.

August 14th – Countdown to Pearl Harbor by Steve Twomey
This account of the days before the attack has been called riveting.

September 11th – The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World by Bart Ehrman
This is the sixth NY Times best seller by Chapel Hill professor Ehrman.

October 9th – Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder and on Man’s Fight for Justice by  Bill Browder
Browder who has been on many news shows, has written a book that is part thriller and part business and political memoir.