Beverly Gage on J. Edgar Hoover

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

6:30 pm

Hybrid (see description for details)

Open to the Public

In conversation with Kai Bird; attend online or in-person in Elebash Recital Hall

Headshots of Beverly Gage and Kai Bird with the book cover for "C-Man"
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J. Edgar Hoover was a colossus who dominated half a century of American history and planted the seeds for much of today's conservative political landscape. Beverly Gage's monumental biography explores the full sweep of Hoover’s life and career, from his birth in 1895 to a modest Washington civil-service family through his death in 1972. In her nuanced and definitive portrait, Gage shows how Hoover was far more than a one-dimensional tyrant and schemer who strong-armed the rest of the country into submission.

Beverly Gage is professor of 20th-century American history at Yale. She is the author of The Day Wall Street Exploded, which examines the history of terrorism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She writes frequently for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker, among other publications.

Leon Levy Center Executive Director Kai Bird co-authored with Martin J. Sherwin the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Knopf, 2005). A major motion picture based on this biography is scheduled to appear in 2023. He has also written biographies of John J. McCloy and McGeorge Bundy—and a memoir, Crossing Mandelbaum Gate: Coming of Age Between the Arabs and Israelis (Scribner, 2010). His biography of President Jimmy Carter, The Outlier: the Unfinished Presidency of Jimmy Carter, was published in 2021 by Crown Books. 

This is a hybrid event. Attendees may choose to participate online via Zoom or in-person in Elebash Hall at the CUNY Graduate Center.

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