National Press Club

James Srodes "On Dupont Circle: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the Progressives Who Shaped Our World"

James Srodes "On Dupont Circle: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the Progressives Who Shaped Our World"

August 16, 2012 6:30 PM

Location: Bloomberg Room

Prize-winning author & NPC Silver Owl James Srodes will discuss his new book "On Dupont Circle: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the Progressives Who Shaped Our World." A book signing will follow the discussion.

This event is a fundraiser for the National Press Club Journalism Institute. The author will only sign copies purchased through the Press Club.

"On Dupont Circle" offers a vivid portrait of the twelve young men and women who, on the eve of World War I, came together in Washington, D.C.’s tony Dupont Circle neighborhood. They were ambitious for personal and social advancement, and what bound them together was a sheer determination to remake America and the rest of the world in their progressive image.

At one residence lived Felix Frankfuter, a future Supreme Court Justice, and Walter Lippman, later the most important political writer of the twentieth century. Another house served as the base for three siblings: John Foster Dulles, future Secretary of State, Allen Dulles, one of the founders of the CIA, and sister Eleanor Lansing Dulles, one of the most important economists of the age.

Nearby lived young Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, who even then were rising political stars, William Bullitt, a charming and unscrupulous writer and future ambassador, and Herbert Hoover, already the most famous American in the world.

The group mixed cocktails and foreign policy as they set out to remake the world.

Srodes has covered the White House and Washington economics beat for the bureaus of United Press International, Forbes and Financial World magazines. He is one of the founders and a past president of Washington Independent Writers and is a member of the Authors Guild.

For More Information On This Event, Contact:

Nicole Hoffman
nhoffman@press.org

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