The American Story – A Book Review by Jim Scott

  

The American Story, Conversations with Master Historians, by David M. Rubenstein

Recognized by award winning documentarian Ken Burns as “one of the best interviewers he knows,” David Rubenstein has written this book “to share with readers some of the wealth of historical knowledge that members of Congress have learned between 2013-2019,” i.e., during the running series of learning at the Library of Congress, Rubenstein’s Congressional Dialogues.  His purpose in creating the 38-session series was to increase for our national legislators their personal level of historical knowledge, that it may inform them better of future challenges and perhaps “help reduce the partisan rancor” in Washington.

Having generated prodigious, personal wealth on Wall Street, becoming a philanthropist of extraordinary dimensions, and long time host on PBS of The David Rubenstein Show (Peer to Peer Conversations), he is a critical thinker: aware of interrelatedness of critical questions, able to ask key questions at the right times, and being an active listener.  Fascinated lifelong with the power of books, he has structured here in his first book a dialogue series with authors who spent typically five to ten years, often longer, researching their published subjects, from the Founding Era to the late 20th century.  Himself educated in history and law, he has been a lifelong book collector, with a visceral understanding of the magnetic power between book-and-author and the radiant potential of that power waiting for release to the critical reader.  

Those who knew him as the master of detail and tireless deputy chief for domestic policy in Jimmy Carter’s presidency, attribute to Rubenstein the rigid rule for guest meetings in the stirringly historical Roosevelt Room: displaying conspicuously those books that may have been written by the specific guests or other books that were assumed logically to have been part of their personal libraries.  Effect: discussions were always more passionate and engaging, with a palpably positive impact on substance and productivity.

Thirty-plus years later, the Congressional Dialogues proceeded under the expert panning for gold by Rubenstein, interacting with the likes of David McCullough on ADAMS, Jon Meacham on JEFFERSON, Jack Warren on WASHINGTON, Ron Chernow on HAMILTON, Taylor Branch on MLK JR, Bob Woodward on NIXON, and many others.  The sessions were well attended and the proceedings effectively edited and reproduced in book-form.  

The book is eminently readable and enlightening.  Most readers will likely agree that Rubenstein’s educational objectives shall have been fulfilled, just as they may agree disappointedly that the “rancor in Washington” continues unabated, though not Rubenstein’s fault.

 

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This Week In The Bookshop – R.I.P. Robin’s Books

We are sad to see the closing of another independent bookstore, Robin’s Bookstore

After 76 years in business Philadelphia’s oldest independent bookstore will be closing its doors forever. 

It begs the question:  What’s it worth to your community, to your common culture, to have an independent bookstore?

We are so grateful to those of you who shop in our store.  We love when you bring your children and grandchildren to read books and play.  We love when you get a cup of coffee or tea and sit in the back and read.  We love it when you come to Open Mic Night and play a song or read a poem.  We especially love when you buy books and tell us how much you love us!

We want to continue to offer you a great selection of books and gifts in a warm and cozy atmosphere.  Our staff loves helping you find just the right book or gift for yourself or your loved one so don’t hesitate to ask for recommendations. 

Please continue your patronage and tell all your friends about us.  We are always open to suggestions as well so if there is anything you would recommend we would love to hear from you.

We will be opening our Holiday Shoppe next month so stop by and see all of the great, hand picked items we will be carrying for the holiday season.

Sincerely,

Wellington Square Bookshop

This Week in the Bookshop – Local Authors

Were you aware of how many authors we have in this area or are from this area?  Some of them are pretty famous and others are just starting out.  Stop by the Bookshop and check out our special case and support the locals!

A few of the local authors we are featuring are:

Jen Bryant – children’s author of Call Me Maryanne, A River of Words, and more

Christopher McDougall – author ofBorn to Run

Philip Freeman – author ofOh My Gods

Jerry Spinelli – author of Stargirl, Jake and Lily, and many more

Susan Weidener – author ofMornings at Wellingtonher memoir of leading a writing group at our own Wellington Square Bookshop!  Susan will be doing a signing her on September 22.

Josh Berk – author ofThe Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin

There are many more so stop by and check them out!

Meet the Author – January 28 from 11am – 1pm

Invitation to Book Signing at Wellington Square Bookshop

Special Invitation to a Book Signing

Saturday, January 28th, 2012 11:00 am ~ 1:00 pm

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be first among equals in a tight job market? Are you pondering what you need to do to get the next promotion, or whether you should even stay at your current job?

The answers to questions like these may be simpler than you think once you understand your power style. Join us on January 28th, when executive coach and author Maggie Craddock will be discussing the research behind her latest book, Power Genes: Understanding Your Power Persona – and How to Wield it at Work (Harvard Business Press, June 2011).

Bring your friends and enjoy an interactive presentation by Maggie Craddock.

Delight in the old world treasure and eclectic selection of books and unique gift items at the Wellington Square Bookshop
~ Light refreshments will be served ~
Wellington Square Bookshop Eagleview Town Center 541 Wellington Square ~ Exton, PA 19341

Genes: — and How to Wield It at Work

history and professional performance.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Maggie Craddock is an executive coach and author of the authentic Career: Following the Path of self-discovery to Professional Fulfillment. Prior to coaching, she received two Lipper Awards for managing the top mutual fund in its class nationwide. She is an Ackerman-certified family therapist.
“ Regardless of where you fit on the Power Grid , understanding Maggie Craddock’s insight that who you are and where you come from impact how you are perceived by others is critical to becomeing a more effective leader.”

—Brian P. Hull I Group Managing Director, USB Wealth Management Americas