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Tuesday, November 14, 2017 7:00 PM
Mass Humanities and Harvard Book Store welcome author, historian, and journalist RUSSELL SHORTO—best-selling author of "The Island at the Center of the World"—for a discussion of his latest book. In his epic new book, Russell Shorto takes us back to the founding of the American nation, drawing on diaries, letters and autobiographies to flesh out six lives that cast the era in a fresh new light. They include an African man who freed himself and his family from slavery, a rebellious young woman who abandoned her abusive husband to chart her own course and a certain Mr. Washington, who was admired for his social graces but harshly criticized for his often-disastrous military strategy. A powerful narrative and a brilliant defense of American values, "Revolution Song" makes the compelling case that the American Revolution is still being fought today and that its ideals are worth defending.