American Presidents & Politics Lecture Series
Community Center Auditorium
The American Presidents & Politics Lecture Series has brought many renowned authors and historians to the Boca Grande Community Center, including Akhil Reed Amar and Candice Millard just this past season. This series shows us how past political eras and America’s most influential presidential leaders have shaped the nation into what it is today.
|General Admission||$35/lecture||All four lectures $125|
|Reserved Seating||$60/lecture||All four lectures $200|
|Sponsorship||$150/lecture||All four lectures $500|
Larry Kudlow, Author and Nationally Syndicated Columnist
JFK and the Reagan Revolution: A Secret History of American Prosperity
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 | 4:30pm
Larry Kudlow is an influential supply-side economist, CNBC’s Senior Contributor and a nationally syndicated radio host, as well as an unapologetic supporter of capitalism and free markets. Kudlow offers insights into the remarkable triumph of American capitalism and how its continued success has unleashed an unprecedented global economic boom. In his book, JFK and the Reagan Revolution, Kudlow and Brian Domitrovic reveal the secret history of American prosperity by exploring the little-known battles within the Kennedy administration. John F. Kennedy was the first president since the 1920s to slash tax rates across the board, becoming one of the earliest supply-siders. One person who followed JFK’s tax-cut growth model was Ronald Reagan. This is the never-before-told story of the link between JFK and Ronald Reagan. This is the secret history of American prosperity. As an added bonus, attendees of this lecture will receive a copy of JFK and The Reagan Revolution, personally signed by author Larry Kudlow (gift applies to one book per couple).Buy Tickets
Jon Meacham, Presidential Historian and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author
American Lion: The Complex Legacy of Andrew Jackson
Saturday, January 13, 2018 | 4:30pm
Jon Meacham is one of America’s most prominent public intellectuals. A regular guest on Morning Joe, he is known as a skilled raconteur with a depth of knowledge about politics, religion and current affairs. He understands and analyzes how issues and events impact our lives. Andrew Jackson, his intimate circle of friends and his tumultuous times are at the heart of American Lion, Jon Meacham’s remarkable book about the man who rose from nothing to create the modern presidency. Beloved and hated, venerated and reviled, Andrew Jackson was an orphan who fought his way to the pinnacle of power, bending the nation to his will in the cause of democracy. Jackson’s election in 1828 ushered in a new and lasting era in which the people, not distant elites, were the guiding force in American politics. Democracy made its stand in the Jackson years, and he gave voice to the hopes and fears of a restless, changing nation facing challenging times at home and threats abroad. To tell the saga of Jackson’s presidency, acclaimed author Jon Meacham goes inside the Jackson White House. Drawing on newly discovered family letters and papers, he details the human drama – the family, the women and the inner circle of advisers – that shaped Jackson’s private world through years of storm and victory.
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A.J. Baime, New York Times Bestselling author *Replacing Michael Gardner*
The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and The Four Months That Changed The World
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 | 4:30pm
The Accidental President is a dramatic, pulse-pounding story of Harry Truman’s first four months in office, when this unlikely president had to take on Germany, Japan, Stalin, and the atomic bomb, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Chosen as FDR’s fourth term Vice President for his well-praised work ethic, good judgment, and lack of enemies, Harry S. Truman – a Midwesterner who had no college degree and had never had the money to buy his own home – was the prototypical ordinary man. That is, until he was shockingly thrust in over his head after FDR’s sudden death. No other president had ever faced so much in such a short period of time.
A.J. Baime is a New York Times Bestselling author, an award-winning journalist, a public speaker, and occasional on-screen personality. In addition to The Accidental President, his books include The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War (2014, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans (2009, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Both these latter books are in development as major motion pictures, and both won the Ken Purdy Award as best piece of writing of the year, from the International Motor Press Association. A.J. is also a weekly columnist for the Wall Street Journal.Buy Tickets
Lynne Cheney, Scholar and New York Times Best-Selling Author
James Madison: A Life Reconsidered
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | 4:30pm
Lynne Cheney has spent much of her professional life writing and speaking about the importance of knowing American history. She has reached out to children with illustrated books about America–all of them bestsellers–and to adults, most recently with James Madison: A Life Reconsidered, another New York Times bestseller. In this book she brings to life a man whose impact on our nation is unparalleled. He was the intellectual force behind the U.S. Constitution, the chief author of the Bill of Rights, and the first president to take the nation to war under the constitution. In a time in which intellectual freedom was often regarded with suspicion, Madison and his great friend Thomas Jefferson championed the idea that citizens should be free to express themselves, and thus they set our republic on its turbulent and noisy way.Buy Tickets