Join us for a conversation between history writer George Daughan and James Nelson about Daughan’s new book Lexington and Concord: The Battle Heard Round the World.
George C. Daughan’s magnificently detailed account of the Battle of Lexington and Concord challenges the prevailing narrative of the American War of Independence. It was, Daughan argues, based as much in economic concerns as political ones. When Massachusetts militiamen turned out in overwhelming numbers to fight the British, they believed they were fighting for their farms and livelihoods, as well as for liberty. Authoritative and immersive, Lexington and Concord gives us a new understanding of a battle that became a template for colonial uprisings in later centuries.
About the authors
George C. Daughan holds a PhD from Harvard University, where he studied under Henry Kissinger. One of his previous books, If By Sea, won the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature, and he has been honored with the Samuel Eliot Morison Award from the USS Constitution Museum for his work as a naval scholar. He lives in New Hampshire.
Jim Nelson was born and raised in Lewiston, Maine. He has always harbored a deep love of ships and the sea, though no one else in his family ever did,
which leads him to believe that it is a genetic disorder and not learned
behavior. While other boys his age obsessed on dinosaurs, he could be found
reading about whaling, or the Age of Fighting Sail. Growing up he built models
of ships, and in 9th Grade built his first real boat, a twelve foot skipjack,
which sailed poorly due to design flaws and Nelson's inability to sail a boat.
About the Series
Portland Public Library’s Literary Lunch series is held monthly and features authors from New England in conversation about new works. Authors are interviewed by literary friends, colleagues or critics.
All Literary Lunches are free to the public. Because they take place over the lunch hour, guests are encouraged to bring their lunch; coffee provided by Coffee By Design.