October 15, 2017 - 5:00pm
Prairie Lights

Iowa City Book Festival Event 

Journalist Kenneth Whyte will read from his new biography of Herbert Hoover, Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times. This is a definitive biography of one of our least understood presidents–a poor orphan who built a fortune, a great humanitarian, a president elected in a landslide and then routed in the next election, arguably the father of both New Deal liberalism and modern conservatism. Hoover is a revisionist account that will forever change the way Americans understand the man, his presidency, and his battle against the Great Depression.

Kenneth Whyte is the author of The Uncrowned King: The Sensational Rise of William Randolph Hearst, a Washington Post and Toronto Globe & Mail Book of the Year, and a nominee for four major Canadian book awards. He is a publishing and telecommunications executive and chairman of the Donner Canada Foundation. He was formerly editor in chief of Maclean's magazine, editor of the monthly Saturday Night magazine, and founding editor of the National Post. He lives in Toronto.