Fergus M. Bordewich

Fergus M. Bordewich is the author of several books, among them Washington: The Making of the American Capital; Bound for Canaan, a national history of the Underground Railroad; and America’s Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise That Preserved the Union, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in history. His articles have appeared in many magazines and newspapers. He lives in San Francisco. Visit him at FergusBordewich.com.

Books by this Author

The First Congress
America's Great Debate

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The First Congress: A Group of Extraordinary Men

Historian Fergus Bordewich discusses the most productive Congress in US history in his book 'The First Congress.'

Author Appearances

LANCASTER HISTORICAL SOCIETY
talk, Q&A, signing
talk, Q&A, signing
230 N President Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17603
FEB 18
POLITICS & PROSE
talk, Q&A, signing
talk, Q&A, signing
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008
FEB 19
WASHINGTON CROSSING HISTORIC PARK
talk, Q&A, signing
talk, Q&A, signing
1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977
FEB 20
WASHINGTON CROSSING PARK ASSOCIATION
Talk, Q&A, signing
Talk, Q&A, Signing
The Pennington School, 112 W Delaware Ave
Pennington, NJ 08534
FEB 21

Author Revealed

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. "The Years that Were Fat," by George Kates

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. William Faulkner
Thomas Mann
V.S. Naipaul
W.G. Sebald

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Rewrite, then rewrite, the rewrite.

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. "The Magic Mountain," by Thomas Mann
"The Power Broker," by Robert Caro
"The Past Is a Foreign Country," by David Lowenthal
"For Cause and Comrades," by James McPherson
Bruce Catton's three-volume history of the Army of the Potomac

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