Dinner in Camelot: The Night America's Greatest Scientists, Writers, and Scholars Partied at the Kennedy White House

Dinner in Camelot: The Night America's Greatest Scientists, Writers, and Scholars Partied at the Kennedy White House

by Joseph A. Esposito, Rose Styron (Other)


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781512600124
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Pages: 252
Sales rank: 143,921
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

JOSEPH A. ESPOSITO has had a long career in the fields of public service, education, communications, and nonprofit work. He served in three presidential administrations, most recently as deputy undersecretary for international affairs at the U.S. Department of Education. He is currently an adjunct professor at Northern Virginia Community College. He blogs about history at www.josephaesposito.com.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Camelot
Key Attendees to Dinner at the White House, April 29, 1962
Prologue: Heading to Dinner
America in Transition
Camelot at Midpoint
Poetry, Prose, and Politics
America’s Queen and America’s Hero
Redemption and Promise
Is That Linus Pauling?
“The Fire Next Time”
A Galaxy of Geniuses
An After-Party
Lives Connected
Epilogue: Nothing Like It Since

What People are Saying About This

Jay Parini

“This is a remarkable study of a moment in time that may have passed unnoticed by most Americans: a gathering of great minds at the White House in 1962. It took a man of John Kennedy’s aplomb, self-confidence, and intellectual grace to play host to such a gathering. Joseph A. Esposito explores the meaning of this event, placing before us the sublime possibilities that the United States does indeed represent. In doing so, he reminds us how far we have to go simply to return to what we once, almost, possessed.”

Douglas Brinkley

“Dinner in Camelot is a wonderful recounting of the greatest party of the 1960s. A real page-turner. Highly recommended!”

Eugene L. Meyer

“A stunning snapshot of a shining moment in time in mid-century America. Joe Esposito uses this unique dinner to spotlight the era’s’ best and brightest remarkably assembled in one place by a president and first lady who, all too briefly, thrilled and inspired a hopeful nation.”

Chris Whipple

“Read it and weep: A fascinating reconstruction of a once-in-a-century event in presidential history, and how it still resonates today. Joseph Esposito vividly evokes a time when science, intellect and civility trumped disruption, ignorance and rage.”

David O. Stewart

“Re-creating a magical White House evening in 1962 when President and Mrs. Kennedy outshone dozens of Nobel laureates, Dinner in Camelot uses that event as a hinge of American culture in the twentieth century, tracing the paths that led to the dinner and those that sprawled away from it.”

Larry Tye

“Everyone who mattered was there at the White House that night in April 1962. Now, thanks to Joseph Esposito’sDinner in Camelot,we can be there too,feeling the glamour and sharing the hope. It’s difficult to imagine a more thrilling trip back at a moment when we all need not just a distraction but a reason to hope again.”

Evan Thomas

“Joseph Esposito takes us back to a golden moment in time and makes it a fascinating metaphor for an age sadly lost. With deft strokes, he vividly portrays the glamour and grandeur, the vaulting ambition and brilliance (and, yes the pettiness and snobbery) of an evening when America reached its apogee of power and greatness.”

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