LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Filson Historical Society will host the Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series on Tuesday, November 29 at 6:00 p.m. at the Brown Theatre, featuring Newy York Times bestselling author Garrett M. Graff. Graff will discuss his latest book, “Watergate: A New History,” the first definitive narrative history of Watergate, and what Kirkus Reviews heralds as “the best and fullest account of the crisis, one unlikely to be surpassed anytime soon.” “Watergate” explores the full scope of the scandal through the politicians, investigators, journalists, and informants who made it the most influential political event of the modern era.
In the early hours of June 17, 1972, a security guard named Frank Wills enters six words into the log book of the Watergate office complex that will change the course of history: “1:47 AM Found tape on doors; call police.”
The subsequent arrests of five men seeking to bug and burgle the Democratic National Committee offices—three of them Cuban exiles, two of them former intelligence operatives—quickly unravels a web of scandal that ultimately ends a presidency and forever alters views of moral authority and leadership. Watergate, as the event is called, becomes a shorthand for corruption, deceit, and unanswered questions.
Now, award-winning journalist and bestselling author Garrett M. Graff explores the full scope of this unprecedented moment from start to finish, in the first comprehensive, single-volume account in decades.
Grippingly told and meticulously researched, “Watergate” is the defining account of the moment that has haunted our nation’s past—and still holds the power to shape its present and future.
Garrett M. Graff, a distinguished journalist and bestselling historian, has spent more than a dozen years covering politics, technology, and national security. Today, he serves as the director of cyber initiatives for The Aspen Institute and is a contributor to “Wired”, CNN, and “Politico”. He’s written for publications from “Esquire” to ‘Rolling Stone” to “The New York Times”, and edited two of Washington’s most prestigious magazines, “Washingtonian” and “Politico”. Graff is the author of multiple books, including “The Threat Matrix”, the national bestseller “Raven Rock”, and the “New York Times” bestseller “The Only Plane in the Sky.”
The Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series will be held on Tuesday, November 29 at 6:00 p.m. at the Brown Theatre, 315 W. Broadway, Louisville. Tickets are free for Filson members and $27.20 for non-members (taxes and fees included). Tickets for this event must be purchased from The Kentucky Center Ticket Service. Please call (502) 584-7777 or visit kentuckyperformingarts.org for tickets
Initiated in 1993 as a memorial to the life of Gertrude Polk Brown and made possible by the generous support of her children, Dace Brown Stubbs and G. Garvin Brown III. The Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series has brought both nationally and internationally recognized historians and journalists to Louisville, many of them Pulitzer Prize winners. Speakers are selected based on their overall excellence in research, writing, and speaking and are not restricted to historians. The Filson hosts up to five lectures per year in this series.