Author and historian Candice Hooper will read from and discuss her recent book, Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives, at the Blue Hill Public Library on Wednesday, July 18th at 5:00 PM.
The story of the American Civil War is not complete without examining the extraordinary and influential lives of Jessie Frémont, Nelly McClellan, Ellen Sherman, and Julia Grant, the wives of Abraham Lincoln’s top generals. They were their husbands’ closest confidantes and had a profound impact on the generals’ ambitions and actions. The book covers the early lives of the subjects, as well as their families, education, political attitudes, and personal beliefs.
Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives is the recipient of the 2018 Gold Medal in Nonfiction from the Sarton Women’s Book Awards, the 2017 Silver Benjamin Franklin Book Prize in History from the Independent Book Publishers Association, and the 2017 Bronze Medal in History from the Independent Publisher Book Awards.
With an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Illinois and a law degree from Georgetown University, it was only after a career on Capitol Hill as an aide to the late Congressman Charlie Wilson and as a lobbyist that Candace Hooper “discovered” her true intellectual passion. Returning to school in 2006, she earned an MA in history, with a concentration in military history, from George Washington University. Hooper’s work has appeared in the New York Times, The Journal of Military History, and The Michigan War Studies Review.
Books will be available for sale and signing. This event is sponsored by the library, there is no charge, and everyone is welcome. For more information, call the library at 374-5515.