Coward Lecture: Nigel Hamilton on "12 American Caesars"

Nigel Hamilton


Distinguished biographer Nigel Hamilton will discuss “Twelve American Caesars - And What the Next President Can Learn from Them” as Suffolk University’s Center for International Education presents the 2008 Derek W.F. Coward Lecture at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008, in the rooftop ballroom at the Omni Parker House, 60 School St., Boston. A reception will follow.

Hamilton is an award-winning author and a senior fellow in the McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is working on American Caesars, a modern version of the Roman classic, The Twelve Caesars, this time recording the lives of the last 12 American presidents, from Franklin D. Roosevelt to George W. Bush.

Learning from American leaders

He explores the questions of empire, greatness and decline by examining the leaders who have made American history, from the triumph of World War II to the current conflict in Iraq.

Among Hamilton’s biographies are The Brothers Mann, a chronicle of the German novelists Heinrich and Thomas Mann; Monty, the three-volume life story of World War II Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, who commanded the British and American armies at D-Day; JFK: Reckless Youth, the best-selling biography of the young John F. Kennedy that was made into an ABC Television mini-series starring Patrick Dempsey; and Bill Clinton: An American Journey and Bill Clinton: Mastering the Presidency, the first two volumes of a trilogy recording the life of President Bill Clinton.

International award-winner

His works have been translated into 16 languages, and he has won the prestigious Whitbread Prize for Biography and the Templer Medal for Military History in Britain. He received the 1998 New York Blue Ribbon Award for the BBC documentary based on the Monty biography.

The Derek. W.F. Coward Lecture Series was established in 1997 through the generosity of Derek W.F. Coward, a former vice president of marketing for Gillette’s safety razor division and executive-in-residence and associate professor of marketing for the Sawyer Business School. Coward now serves on the University’s International Board of Advisers.

To RSVP or for more information, please contact R. Scott Reedy at 617-994-4221

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