We are planning a series of events around the country to mark the publication of The Unwanted. Please join me at one of the following locations. Other venues will be announced shortly.
News and Reviews
Great reviews for The Unwanted from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and the book blogs. A selection:
"A heartbreaking and timely read"--The Washington Post
"Echoes our politics today..provides a glimpse of how we may be judged by future generations"--The New York Times
"A devastating tapestry of too many hopes wrecked and too few lives saved"--The Wall Street Journal
"A narrative of survival, compassion, and perseverance."--Booklist
"More than the history of one town: Kippenheim stands in for the thousands of other villages, shtetls and neighborhoods that disappeared during the Holocaust."--Bookpage
For more quotes, go here.
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum interviewed me and former Kippenheim resident Kurt Maier as part of a public program to mark publication of The Unwanted. Kurt was a 10-year-old boy when he was deported from Kippenheim to Gurs in France in October 1940, together with his family. The Maier family was fortunate to receive the "piece of paper with a stamp" that enabled them to travel to the United States in August 1941, following a roundabout odyssey via Marseille and Casablanca. See the YouTube video below for the interview.
The Free Library in Philadelphia invited me to talk about The Unwanted as part of their author Podcast series. It is a wonderful venue that has played host to Robert Caro, Rick Atkinson, Dave Barry, and many excellent authors. A recording of the podcast is available here.
The New York Times interviewed me, along with other experts, on the reasons for the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. "Spoiler alert: it was not because of terrorism, as claimed...by President Trump, who said the Soviets were right to invade."
Yahoo News interviewed me on the decision-making style of John F. Kennedy. It was part of a 13-part series on modern-day presidents from Franklin Roosevelt to George W. Bush, entitled "When Presidents Lead." Other speakers included Doris Kearns Goodwin on FDR, Evan Thomas on Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon, Lou Cannon on Ronald Reagan, Jon Meacham on George H.W. Bush, David Maraniss on Bill Clinton, Peter Baker on George W. Bush, and Peter Bergen on Barack Obama. You can see my contribution here, and the entire series over at Yahoo News.
C-Span invited me to discuss parallels between JFK's handling of the Cuban missile crisis and President Trump's nuclear showdown with North Korea. See also my article for The Washington Post on this subject.
"Out-crazying Kim Jong Un is a scary proposition. Game theory teaches us that, if neither driver swerves, everybody goes up in flames."