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National Archives Hosts an -American Conversation- with The War: An Intimate History Author Geoffrey Ward
Press Release · Friday, August 10, 2007

Press Release
August 10, 2007

National Archives Hosts an “American Conversation” with The War: An Intimate History Author Geoffrey Ward

Washington, DC…On Tuesday, September 11, at 7 p.m., Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein will host an “American Conversation” with award-winning historian and biographer Geoffrey Ward. They will discuss Ward’s book The War: An Intimate History, a companion to the PBS documentary by Ken Burns. A book signing will follow the discussion.The book will be released nationwide by Alfred A. Knopf Publishers on September 11.

The War: An Intimate History, 1941-1945, is the companion volume to the Fall 2007 PBS series. Focusing on the citizens of four towns, The War: An Intimate History follows more than 40 people from 1941 to 1945. Woven largely from their memories, this compelling, unflinching narrative unfolds as the war unfolded-month by month, with the outcome always in doubt. Enriched by maps and 450 photographs, including many never seen before, this is an intimate, profoundly moving chronicle of the war that shaped our world.

The National Archives “American Conversations” series focuses on American history and identity. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Lynne Cheney, award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, and historian John Hope Franklin were among those featured in previous programs, which may be viewed on the National Archives web site.

Events in this series are held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, located on the National Mall at Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW and fully accessible. All programs in the “American Conversations” series are free and open to the public. Seating for this program is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program, please e-mail