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Walter Stahr Author Event

Walter Stahr
Walter Stahr
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Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man

The Partners of the UCI Libraries and

Lorelei Tanji, University Librarian


Walter Stahr

Author of Seward, Lincoln’s Indispensable Man

in a Program and Book Signing

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

5:30 pm
Langson Library, UC Irvine 

Book signing and reception to follow immediately
Reservations requested by October 23

The UCI Libraries is pleased to present author Walter Stahr in a program and book signing event to celebrate his new book, Seward, Lincoln’s Indispensable Man. Stahr, a former international lawyer and author of John Jay: Founding Father, will discuss his latest biography and the research involved in writing the book. Books will be available for purchase.

William Henry Seward was one of the most important Americans of the nineteenth century: progressive governor of New York, outspoken federal senator, secretary of state during the Civil War, Lincoln’s closest adviser, target of the assassins who killed Lincoln, purchaser of Alaska, and early architect of America’s empire. Seward was not only important, he was fascinating. He gathered around his table an eclectic assortment of diplomats, soldiers, politicians, actors and others.  Drawing on hundreds of sources, many of them neglected by previous biographers, Seward sheds new light on this complex and central figure, as well as on pivotal events of the Civil War and its aftermath. 

“This magnificent biography finally provides what William Henry Seward so justly deserves – a full, terrific and complex portrait of his endlessly fascinating life.” Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer prize-winning author of Team of Rivals.

“This biography stands as a valuable addition to the rich literature of American politics in the mid-nineteenth century.” Ron Chernow, Pulitzer prize-winning author of Washington: A Life.

Walter Stahr grew up in Southern California, and did some of his Seward research at the UCI Libraries while visiting with his family here.  He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University and cum laude from Harvard Law School.  He practiced law full-time for twenty-five years, including seven years in Hong Kong, but now devotes his time to research and writing. 

This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited; reservations are first come, first served. Please go to http://partners.lib.uci.edu/Stahr to make an online reservation. For further information please call 949.824.4651 or email partners@uci.edu.  Campus Map.

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