Library friends explores military commanders this fall
The Citadel's Daniel Library Friends’ fall book and lecture series will feature American military commanders. The series kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 11.
The Daniel Library Friends’ book and lecture series was created in 1996. It is responsible for bringing many noted authors and lecturers to the college and tri-county community. All programs are free and open to the public. Refreshments are served and some events include book-signing opportunities.
Lectures begin at 6:30 p.m. in Bond Hall Room 165 unless otherwise noted.
Gen. George Washington
Tuesday, Sept. 11
John Ferling, author of “Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in The War for Independence,” will discuss Washington’s leadership as a diplomat and politician and ask the question “Fortunate to have had him or lucky to have survived him?” A book signing will follow.
Gen. Omar Bradley
Tuesday, Sept. 25
Professor Kyle Sinisi of The Citadel’s History Department will compare the historical Bradley with Bradley’s image of himself from his memoirs and Karl Malden’s portrayal of Bradley in the movie “Patton.”
Ike’s Bombardiers: Generals Ira Eaker and Jimmy Doolittle
Tuesday Oct. 9
Michael Barrett of The Citadel’s History Department will feature 8th U.S. Air Force commanders Eaker and Doolittle, pointing to the contrast in leadership in the skies over Germany in World War II.
Gen. Matthew Bunker Ridgway
Tuesday Oct. 23
Retired Army Col. John G. Lackey, formerly assistant commandant at The Citadel and adjunct professor in The Citadel’s Political Science Department, will show how Gen. Matt Ridgway of the U.S. Army was called on to save the day averting disaster for U.S. forces in World War II and the Korean Conflict.
Gen. Robert E. Lee
Tuesday, Nov. 13
Scholar and author Gordon Rhea will focus attention on Robert E. Lee as a military strategist. Rhea’s four books on the 1864 campaign in Virginia have dramatically captured the duel between Gen. Grant and Gen. Lee. Rhea’s new book, “In the Footsteps of Grant and Lee” will be available for signing.
Roosevelt as Commander in Chief in World War II
Tuesday Jan. 15
This is a new date for this event - will kick off the spring semester schedule.
Professor Warren Kimball, emeritus professor from the History Department at Rutgers University, will explore answers to this question: Franklin Roosevelt as commander-in-chief left his generals alone to plan and fight the World War II. Yes? No? Maybe?
For more information about The Citadel’s Daniel Library Friends, call 953-7691 or go online at http://citadel.edu/library/friends/.