Tuesday, March 13, 2012 • 4:00 pm
Student Union • Cape Cod Lounge
UMass Amherst Campus
Handicap access available
Directions & Parking
Contact: History Department, firstname.lastname@example.org, (413) 515-1330
Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Horwitz gives a public talk and holds a book signing. Horwitz, the author of Confederates in the Attic and Midnight Rising: The Raid That Sparked the Civil War, is the History Department’s 2012 Writer-in-Residence.
I attended this talk last night, Horowitz was quite good, he tells a good story. He patiently, and thoroughly, answered questions for more than a half hour after the talk. His take on Brown’s sanity is that Brown was indeed sane, but had some extreme and crazy aspects of his personality, perhaps he was “manic depressive.” Horowitz stated that many historical figures may have had aspects of mental illness, he identified Lincoln and Churchill as examples, and that this may be a useful part of character that contributes to achievement.
Did anyone else out there attend the talk? If so, what did you think?