Caro visits Grand Rapids on Presidents' Day

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Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert A. Caro will be in Grand Rapids on President's Day to discuss his forthcoming book, The Presidency: The Years of Lyndon Johnson. It's the final volume in his four part biography of LBJ.

The event is co-hosted by Grand Valley State University's Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, the Gerald R. Ford Foundation and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum.

Caro will speak Tuesday, February 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Auditorium in downtown Grand Rapids.

"Robert Caro is one of the greatest biographers of our time," noted Gleaves Whitney, director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies. "He has delved deep into the fascinating, often paradoxical presidency of Lyndon Johnson. If you are interested in the 1960s -- in Vietnam, civil rights, the Great Society, and student protests -- this lecture will prove meaningful, for Caro will give us a sneak preview of his new manuscript on the challenges our 36th president faced."

For his works on Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson, Caro has twice won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography and twice won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Best Nonfiction Book of the Year. He has also won virtually every other major literary honor: the National Book Award, the Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute, and the Francis Parkman Prize, awarded by the Society of American Historians.

Caro's first book, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, was chosen by the Modern Library as one of the 100 greatest nonfiction books of the 20th century.

Caro graduated from Princeton University and later became a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He lives in New York City with his wife, Ina, a historian and writer.

For more information, contact the Hauenstein Center at (616) 331-2770 or visit www.allpresidents.org.

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