Members of the Western District of Missouri Bar:


The Historical Society for the Western District of Missouri, in partnership with the Truman Library Institute, is pleased to announce that Ken Gormley, author of the highly-acclaimed book, The Death of American Virtue, will discuss his work at 6:30 p.m. on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 at the Plaza Library Auditorium.

Gormley’s book is viewed as the definitive history of those events that led up to the impeachment and trial of William Jefferson Clinton.  What sets it apart from other books on that era and those events is its “scrupulous even-handedness” and its exhaustive research.  Years in the writing, Gormley succeeded in obtaining interviews with the three primary characters:  President Clinton, Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr and Monica Lewinsky.  But along the way, his narrative is also enriched by what one reviewer described as “a Dickensian cast of characters” that includes Paula Corbin Jones, Judge Susan Webber Wright, Henry Hyde and a handful of highly competent trial lawyers who represented the various entities involved in the saga.

Gormley’s book is engrossing.  The Washington Post named it as one of that newspaper’s Top Ten Books of 2010.  So too did Janet Maslin, the book reviewer for the New York Times.  Attached is the electronic notice that the publisher released at the time the book was initially published.  

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a brief film.  Mr. Gormley will then discuss the book for 40 to 50 minutes.  That will be followed by a period for questions from the audience.

For those of you who have not been there, the Plaza Library is located at 4801 Main Street, just south of the Plaza.  The Auditorium, on the ground floor, is a perfect venue for such an event.  Naturally, there is no admission charge.  The book will be available for sale.

Please RSVP electronically by clicking in the link below:

The Officers of The Federal Historical Society
Western District of Missouri





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