Event — Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington

Bonus Ford Evening Book Talk: John Avlon

Where: David M. Rubenstein Leadership Hall, Fred W. Smith National Libraryavlon-book-cover

3600 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy. Mount Vernon, VA 22121

When: Wednesday, February 1, 2017 | 7:00 pm

Mount Vernon welcomes author John Avlon to the David M. Rubenstein Leadership Hall to discuss his book Washington’s Farewell: The Founding Father’s Warning to Future Generations.

Details: George Washington’s Farewell Address was a prophetic letter from a “parting friend” to his fellow citizens about the forces he feared could destroy our democracy: hyper-partisanship, excessive debt, and foreign wars. Once celebrated as civic scripture, more widely reprinted than the Declaration of Independence, the Farewell Address is now almost forgotten. Its message remains starkly relevant. In Washington’s Farewell, John Avlon offers a stunning portrait of our first president and his battle to save America from self-destruction.

John Avlon is the Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Beast and a CNN political analyst. He is the author of Independent Nation and Wingnuts as well as an editor of the anthology Deadline Artists: America’s Greatest Newspaper Columns. He was chief speechwriter for New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and won the National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ award for Best Online Column in 2012. He lives with his wife, Margaret Hoover, and their two children in New York City.

Cost: Free

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