Several writers of historical nonfiction will be speaking at Falmouth’s Museums on the Green this month, beginning with local author Chip Bishop.
Mr. Bishop, a Mashpee resident and New York Times bestselling author, will discuss his book, “Quentin and Flora: A Roosevelt and a Vanderbilt in Love during the Great War” on Wednesday, September 10, at 7 PM.
In this book, for the first time, is the compelling tale of Quentin Roosevelt, President Theodore Roosevelt’s youngest son, and his secret fiancée, Flora Payne Whitney. The lives of Quentin and Flora intersect at the dawn of World War I in Europe after each has grown up in the public spotlight—he in the White House and she in the storied mansions of New York and Newport, Rhode Island. His childhood precociousness charms the nation and parallels Flora’s envelopment in her parents’ worlds of high art, luxury yachts and personal unfaithfulness. Quentin and Flora reach beyond their families’ orbits to begin a searching adolescent companionship that evolves inexorably into a fairy tale romance, challenged by the danger of war and a vast and perilous ocean. Through their actual letters, deeply unexplored for a hundred years, we share their youthful dreams and desires, and partake in the agony of their separation amid encircling, high-level political intrigue.
Mr. Bishop is a Boston University graduate and was a former campaign and administration aide to Jimmy Carter. He is a renowned scholar of Theodore Roosevelt.
On Friday, September 12, at 7 PM, Matthew Stewart will discuss his book, “Nature’s God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic.”
The book focuses on Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Ethan Allen, and Thomas Young (the forgotten founder who instigated the Boston Tea Party), the radicals who founded America and also set their sights on a revolution of the mind. Derided as “infidels” and “atheists” in their own time, they wanted liberation not just from one king but from the tyranny of supernatural religion.
From the true meaning of “nature’s God” and “self-evident” in the Declaration of Independence to the sources of the country’s success in science, medicine, the arts, religious toleration, and democratic governance, Mr.
Stewart’s investigation surprises, challenges, enlightens, and entertains as a philosophical detective story of the highest order.
Mr. Stewart is a graduate of Princeton University and is a philosopher and author who currently lives in the Boston area.
Author Hugh Howard discusses his book, “Mr. and Mrs. Madison’s War: America’s First Couple and the Second War of Independence” on Wednesday, September 17, at 7 PM.
The War of 1812 remains the least understood of America’s wars. To some it was a conflict that resolved nothing, but to others, it was America’s second war of independence, settling once and for all that America would never again submit to Britain. At its center was James Madison—our most meditative of presidents, yet the first one to declare war. At his side was the extraordinary Dolley, who defined the role of first lady for all to follow, and who would prove perhaps her husband’s most indispensable ally.
Mr. Howard is a graduate of Tufts University. He lives in Columbia County, New York, and has written several books. He is also the former vice president of the New York Times book company.