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Author Eric Burns To Discuss Roosevelt Book At Westport Library

Eric Burns
Eric Burns Photo Credit: Westport Public Library

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Local author Eric Burns will discuss his new book, "The Golden Lad: The Haunting Story of Quentin and Theodore Roosevelt" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 in the Westport Public Library’s McManus Room.

Books will be available for purchase at the free event.

More than a century has passed since Theodore Roosevelt was in the White House, but he continues to fascinate. He became a war hero, reformed the New York Police Department, busted the largest railroad and oil trusts, passed the Pure Food and Drug Act, created national parks and forests, won the Nobel Peace Prize and built the Panama Canal — to name just a few.

Yet, it was the cause he championed the hardest — America's entry in to World War I — that ultimately would cause his downfall. During the war, his youngest son, Quentin, would die in an air fight.

How does looking at Roosevelt 's relationship with his son, and understanding him as a father, tell us something new about this larger-than-life-man?

Burns is a former correspondent for NBC News and the Today Show. For 10 years, he was the host of the top-rated Fox News Watch, and he won an Emmy for media criticism. He also is the author of "1920: The Year that Made the Decade Roar," "Infamous Scribblers," "The Spirits of America" and "The Smoke of the Gods." The latter two were named “Best of the Best” by the American Library Association.

For more information on the book discussion, phone 203-291-4800 or go here .

The Westport Public Library is at 20 Jesup Road.

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