Allegany Museum is proud to host Russell Shorto reading and signing his latest book, “Revolution Song: A story of American Freedom” 2pm, Saturday December 9.
“Revolution Song” has been praised as “first-rate intellectual history” (Wall Street Journal), “literary alchemy” (Chicago Tribune) and simply “astonishing” (New York Times).
The book takes us back to the founding of the American nation, drawing on diaries, letters and autobiographies to flesh out six lives. 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.
Russell Shorto’s books have been published in fourteen languages and have won numerous awards. He is a senior scholar at the New Netherland Institute and a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine.
Mr. Shorto was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and after spending time living overseas, has now made his home in Cumberland.
You can hear Mr. Shorto interviewed about “Revolution Song” on the Federalist Radio Hour and the NYTBR Podcast. Links to these may be found at www.alleganymuseum.org. For more information, visit our website, or call (301) 777-7200.
Entrance to the Museum and to the reading and signing is free. Books will be available for purchase at the event, or you may purchase the book at the Book Center, 15 N Centre St Cumberland.
Refreshments will be provided by the Allegany Arts Council.