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Book Launch: THE LAST AMERICAN HERO by Alice L. George
November 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Join historian Alice L. George who will talk about her biography of astronaut John Glenn.
On February 20, 1962, John Glenn became a national star. That morning at Cape Canaveral, a small-town boy from Ohio took his place atop a rocket and soared into orbit to score a victory in the heavily contested Cold War. As the first American to orbit the Earth, Glenn restively wore the hero label.
The Last American Hero examines the many layers that formed the man and unravels the reasons for his singular role. At a time when increasingly cynical Americans need heroes, his aura burns brightly in American memory.
“Today, it seems, we cherish our cinema superheroes, forgetting that people like John Glenn used to walk among us — and probably still do.” —Neil deGrasse Tyson
Alice L. George is a historian with a special interest in America during the 1960s. She was a senior editor at the Charlotte (NC) News, the Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader, the Detroit Free Press, and the Philadelphia Daily News. She serves as vice-chair of the board at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and is a member of the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the National Air and Space Museum, the National Space Club and Foundation, and the Planetary Society. She has authored or coauthored seven books, including The Cuban Missile Crisis and The Assassination of John F. Kennedy. She lives in Philadelphia.