The New Hampshire Institute of Politics is pleased to offer a special President’s Day program featuring author James B. (Jim) Conroy. Conroy will join the Institute to discuss his new book, The Devils Will Get No Rest: FDR, Churchill, and the Plan that Won the War, published by Simon & Schuster.
The Devils Will Get No Rest is a character-driven account of the Casablanca Conference of 1943, where Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and their military chiefs planned a winning strategy at the turning point of World War II. Until now, it has never been explored in a full-length book.
“Conroy adds personality and background to the official account of the crucial Casablanca Conference.” - Kirkus Reviews
Conroy was elected a Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society in 2014 in recognition of his first book, Our One Common Country: Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads Peace Conference of 1865, the only book ever devoted to Lincoln’s little-known peace negotiations with Confederate leaders on a riverboat in Virginia near the end of the Civil War. Our One Common Country was a finalist for the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, awarded to the author of the best book of the year on Lincoln, a Civil War soldier, or the Civil War era. Conroy’s second book, Lincoln’s White House: The People’s House in Wartime, was a co-winner of the Lincoln Prize and won the Abraham Lincoln Institute’s annual book award. Leading Jefferson historians have applauded Conroy’s third book, Jefferson's White House: Monticello on the Potomac.
About the author:
Conroy is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and served for six years in the United States Naval Air Reserve. While working on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. as a speechwriter, a press secretary, and a chief of staff in the 1970’s and early 1980’s, he earned a master’s degree in international relations at George Washington University and a law degree, magna cum laude, at the Georgetown University Law Center. A co-founder of Donnelly, Conroy & Gelhaar, LLP, one of Boston’s leading litigation firms, he practiced law for 38 years, until May of 2020. He enjoys following national politics as well as the Boston Celtics and the New England Patriots, sometimes but not always a more relaxing source of recreation.
Books may be purchased in advance at your local bookseller or ONLINE. https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Devils-Will-Get-No-Rest/James-B-Conroy/9781982168681
Free and open to the public
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We invite you to visit the pop-up exhibit, "An Enduring Presence: The Old Man of the Mountain," curated by the Museum of the White Mountains. On loan from the museum, this exhibit commemorates the 20th anniversary of the iconic symbol's fall in May 2003.
Discover the profound impact of the "Old Man" profile, its identity as a New Hampshire state symbol, and its role in political and commercial materials. At the 150th “Birthday Party” for the Old Man, President Eisenhower asked, “What does the Old Man think of us?” What would he think of us today?
Located in the Institute's lobby, this exhibit is a visual timeline, exploring the cultural significance of the Old Man of the Mountain. On display through February 2024. View the Online Exhibit Here.
Funding provided by New Hampshire Humanities.
New Hampshire author and journalist Joe McQuaid will join the Institute to present a true New Hampshire story about his parents and World War II, with War Fronts Home Fires: A WWII correspondent's remarkable coverage, his wife's indomitable spirit.
As a World War II newspaper correspondent, B.J. McQuaid covered American and British front lines from the frozen Aleutian Islands of Alaska, to the steaming jungles and seas of the South Pacific, at Tarawa and Guadalcanal and then to Europe from D-Day forward in France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany.
B.J. interviewed Sir Bernard Law Montgomery during the Battle of the Bulge and went toe-to-toe with U.S. Third Army General George S. Patton. He interviewed and got the names of frontline soldiers and sailors, providing a link to their families back home in towns and cities across the United States. His stories ran in more than 80 American newspapers through the Chicago Daily News Service.
He was separated from his wife, Peg McQuaid, and two small children for three years. Peg kept the Home Fires burning back in New Hampshire, providing for herself and their two small children. She dealt with food, oil, and gasoline rationing while writing faithfully and regularly to her husband overseas.
Theirs is a story of love, of sacrifice, and of hope. Even 80 years after D-Day in Europe, it will still resonate with many Americans.
Books may be purchased in advance at your local bookseller or online.
Free and open to the public.
The New Hampshire Institute of Politics and the Politics Department will host a panel discussion on women’s role in political and civic engagement.