On behalf of our whole team, I'm excited to welcome my brother Carl. M. Cannon, acclaimed journalist and presidential historian, to The Hawthorne to celebrate the release of his book, On This Date, From the Pilgrims to Today, Discovering America One Day at a Time.
This unique collection of American stories is culled from Carl's popular RealClearPolitics' "Morning Note," ON THIS DATE is focused on fascinating — and sometimes unknown — stories behind specific dates in U.S. history: What inspired Abraham Lincoln to grow his famous beard, what Dwight Eisenhower really thought about playing football against the great Jim Thorpe, the legal grounds for the first American divorce, who wrote "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" — and who profited from it.
In this the age of the screed, with so much shouting form both ends of the political spectrum dominating our national discourse, Carl's writing reminds us that, as a nation, we have been through eras not unlike this one. By connecting our current challenges to the ones that we've faced, these stories champion truly the best of American ideals: sacrifice, innovation, exploration and devotion to one's community. He is equanimous in his praise of citizen soldiers and immigrants striving to contribute to our national identity.
Please join us for cocktails and sips of Johnny Walker Whisky and a chance to meet the author. Books will be available for purchase.
Please email email@example.com to reserve your copy of the book and for more information and availability.
Author will be in attendance
6PM - Toast & Remarks
6:30PM - Book signing with Carl
Reception to follow
"[ON THIS DATE] is rich in forgotten facts about celebrated patriots and unearthed tales of the daring and genius of ordinary Americans. Popular history at its very best, as entertaining as it is instructive, and a moving appreciation of the restless upstarts who carved a nation from the wilderness and made it the most successful enterprise in human history."—Senator John McCain
"ON THIS DATE shows the country as it really has been. It is also a love letter to America. [It] will give those who have been deprived of the experience the opportunity to fall in love with their country. For those who have been more fortunate, it will provide a chance to fall in love all over again."—RealClearPolitics.com
"A terrific book! America's rich history told as a daily heartbeat, not a dry list of dates. Everyone is here: the great and the forgotten, the heroic and the hilarious, artists, activists, inventors, adventurers, and more. A patriotic pageant, and a joy to read."— David Von Drehle, author of Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year