Making Sense of the Mad Men Era: Norman Mailer and William F. Buckley, Jr.

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Making Sense of the Mad Men Era: Norman Mailer and William F. Buckley, Jr.

Kevin Schultz, Univ. of Illinios-Chicago, examines the intertwined lives of right-wing firebrand William F. Buckley, Jr. and left-wing radical Norman Mailer during the Sixties.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Carson L02
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Lectures & Seminars

Associate Professor of History, Kevin Schultz, teaches twentieth-century American history with special interest in religion, ethno-racial history, and American intellectual and cultural life.  Most recently, his work has focused on the 1960s culminating in the publication of his new book, Buckley and Mailer: The Difficult Friendship that Shaped the Sixties.

"(This) is the entertaining and deeply American story of what Mailer himself called a "difficult friendship": from their debate before the Floyd Patterson–Sonny Liston heavyweight fight in 1962 to their failed mayoral campaigns, to their confrontation at Truman Capote’s Black-and-White Ball, to their starring roles in the central events of the ’60s, including the giant antiwar rally in Berkeley, the March on the Pentagon, and the national political conventions in Miami and Chicago. Through it all, Schultz charts their friendship, whether sailing together off the coast of Connecticut, celebrating rave reviews and grousing about lousy ones, or defending each other's decisions privately even as they attack each other’s positions publicly." -Amazon

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