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JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century 1917-1956

October 27, 2020 7:00 PM — 8:00 PM


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As part of the 2020 Concord Festival of Authors, the Concord Museum is pleased to present Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, Fred Logevall, discussing his new biography, JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956 with Tom Putnam, Concord Museum’s Edward W. Kane Executive Director. Logevall’s Harvard colleague, Jill Lepore, describes the book as “an utterly incandescent study of one of the most consequential figures of the twentieth century.”

Fredrik Logevall is the Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School and Professor of History at Harvard University. A specialist on U.S. foreign relations history and 20th century international history, he was previously a Professor of History at Cornell University and the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he co-founded the Center for Cold War Studies.

He is the author or editor of nine books, including Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam (Random House, 2012), which won the Pulitzer Prize. Logevall’s essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Politico, Daily Beast, and Foreign Affairs, among other publications. A native of Stockholm, Sweden, he is a past president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

Professor Logevall’s new book JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956  can be ordered through the Concord Bookshop.

This program is part of the Concord Festival of Authors.

Please note that this forum is virtual.  Participants will be emailed a link to watch the program live on Tuesday, October 27.

This is a free event.  Donations are encouraged to support the Concord Museum’s Education initiatives.

This program is supported in part by the Sally Lanagan Fund.



October 27, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm