Blue Bicycle Books Charleston Author Series Luncheon with PAUL STAROBIN
Join us Friday, April 21 at noon for Blue Bicycle Books Charleston Author Series luncheon at High Cotton, welcome former Moscow bureau chief for Business Week PAUL STAROBIN, for a discussion of his latest book, "Madness Rules the Hour: Charleston, 1860 and the Mania for War."
Tickets for this event are:
-- Luncheon Only
$31 for the three-course luncheon and discussion
-- Luncheon Plus Signed Book
$58 includes the luncheon and a signed, hardcover copy of "Madness Rules the Hour"
-- Luncheon-For-Two Plus One Signed Book
$89 includes the luncheon for two plus one, signed, hardcover copy of "Madness Rules the Hour"
ABOUT THE BOOK:
In 1860, Charleston, South Carolina, embodied the combustible spirit of the South. No city was more fervently attached to slavery, and no city was seen by the North as a greater threat to the bonds barely holding together the Union. And so, with Abraham Lincoln's election looming, Charleston's leaders faced a climactic decision: they could submit to abolition--or they could drive South Carolina out of the Union and hope that the rest of the South would follow.
In "Madness Rules the Hour," Paul Starobin tells the story of how Charleston succumbed to a fever for war and charts the contagion's relentless progress and bizarre turns. In doing so, he examines the wily propagandists, the ambitious politicians, the gentlemen merchants and their wives and daughters, the compliant pastors, and the white workingmen who waged a violent and exuberant revolution in the name of slavery and Southern independence.
They devoured the Mercury, the incendiary newspaper run by a fanatical father and son; made holy the deceased John C. Calhoun; and adopted "Le Marseillaise" as a rebellious anthem. Madness Rules the Hour is a portrait of a culture in crisis and an insightful investigation into the folly that fractured the Union and started the Civil War.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Paul Starobin is a staff correspondent for the National Journal and a contributing editor to The Atlantic Monthly. He was Moscow bureau chief for Business Week from 1999 to 2003 and has also written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and National Geographic. He is the author of After America: Narratives for the Next Global Age.
Starobin has reported from Russia, India, Central Asia, the Caucasus, the Middle East, Europe and South America. Previous positions include reporter for Congressional Quarterly in Washington, business reporter for The Lowell Sun in Massachusetts, and public-policy case writer for the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
He grew up in Worcester, Mass. and graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. in 1979. Starobin received a Masters of Science degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1981. He was an international journalism fellow for the Knight Foundation journalism program in 1998. He lives with his wife and two children in Massachusetts.
Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is served promptly at noon. Limited seating provides an intimate experience with the author. There is a cash bar for your enjoyment.
High Cotton is located at 199 East Bay Street, where the luncheon and discussion will take place. Parking is available at the Cumberland Street Garage, other municipal lots or at meters on the street.
High Cotton (View)
199 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
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