Award-winning historian, journalist Marc Wortman to discuss narrative histories in Coe presentation

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
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2016-10-05 13:04:42 - General

Award-winning historian and journalist Marc Wortman will read from and discuss his latest critically acclaimed work, "1941: Fighting the Shadow War: A Divided America in a World at War," in an upcoming presentation at Coe College. The event will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Perrine Gallery in Stewart Memorial Library. It is free and open to the public.

To research his book, Wortman used the William L. Shirer papers housed in the George T. Henry Archives in Stewart Memorial Library. The Wall Street Journal describes Wortman's latest work as "Engrossing...(1941 is) an absorbing world-wide epic set in that pivotal year. …Mr. Wortman's brisk narrative takes us across nations and oceans with a propulsive vigor that speeds the book along like a good thriller."

The author's other works include "The Millionaires' Unit: The Aristocratic Flyboys Who Fought the Great War and Invented American Air Power" and "The Bonfire: The Siege and Burning of Atlanta." "The Millionaires' Unit" inspired the award-winning feature-length documentary of the same name. Both books have received critical praise.

Wortman's articles have appeared in many publications, including Vanity Fair, the Smithsonian and Time. He is a frequent contributor to The Daily Beast on American military and political history, as well as other subjects.

For more information, call 319-399-8605.