Launched My New Book at BookCourt Last Night

Now watch it shoot like comet across the night sky!

(Hm.)

That was fun  — thanks to Zack and Christien of BookCourt and to the the big and lively group I was hoping for.

Tuesday night in Boston, I gave a (comparatively) tight lecture at the Old State House to a room filled mainly with strangers, who stayed right with me, helped me out, occasionally did laugh at my jokes, and asked great questions. Some youngish, well-dressed people in attendance make me think that Nat Sheidley, historian of the Bostonian Society, managed to market the event to Boston’s financial district — very satisfying mix of people for my subjects. Finance people are into this stuff! One very smart guy asked, basically, “why the note of negativity about Robert Morris?” Without some negativity — it’s not only about Morris! — there’s no way to get the distance I need. Clearing ground can look violent.  More to consider on that question.

Then last night, a loose ramble for familiar Brooklyn faces, family members from the five boroughs and the exurbs — plus a few people I’ve actually never seen before who made great comments. Some mild hilarity. Got to talk about what it’s really like, for me, to write a book like this one. I think at one point I suggested we stop talking about the Boston Tea Party for all time, and for that matter stop talking about England. Sold out the copies. Killed both the wine and the whiskey. Thanks to all who came and to all who helped promote.

[UPDATE: Also, in Boston I finally got to meet J.L. Bell of Boston 1775; at BookCourt finally got to meet Alex Shephard of Full Stop.]

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4 thoughts on “Launched My New Book at BookCourt Last Night

  1. Greetings from a fan in Louisville, KY. I don’t think I have previously initiated a communication with you. Wanted you to know, if you didn’t already, that you are a hero of Woody Holton. I have the email support from him and will be glad to share.

    John Wilborn

  2. Found the book in the public library.

    Finished reading reading it yesterday.

    Ordered the book today for my own library.

    The photos in the center pages really tell the story of a suppressed narrative.

    Mark Crispin Miller, series editor, is quoted in this month’s Harper’s about voting machines, talking about an examination of the facts being suppressed by both the right and the left.

    I love the way you challenge both the left and right understanding in this book. It deserves to be widely read.

    This book builds beautifully on your Whiskey Rebellion and Declaration, but stands alone perfectly well.

    Highly recommended.

  3. Bought the book from Amazon recently, hope to get time to read it soon.

    Happy selling! I expect that isn’t as much fun as the research and writing, but maybe your experience isn’t the same as other authors I’ve heard from on that subject.

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