Doris Kearns Goodwin to Discuss New Book on 1960s at Kansas City Event

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will promote her new book, "An Unfinished Love Story," at Unity Temple in Kansas City on June 12. The book is a personal history of the 1960s, drawing from her late husband's archives and offering a unique perspective on the decade.

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Doris Kearns Goodwin to Discuss New Book on 1960s at Kansas City Event

Doris Kearns Goodwin to Discuss New Book on 1960s at Kansas City Event

Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin is set to promote her new book, "An Unfinished Love Story: A Personal History of the 1960s," at Unity Temple on the Plaza in Kansas City on June 12. The event marks Goodwin's seventh appearance at the venue over the past 25 years.

Goodwin's latest book, her eighth overall and most personal since 1997's "Wait Till Next Year," focuses on her late husband, Richard Goodwin, a political speechwriter and presidential adviser to John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. The book draws from Richard's extensive archive of over 300 boxes containing diaries, handwritten letters, White House memos, speech drafts, and other memorabilia.

"An Unfinished Love Story" offers a unique perspective on the transformative 1960s. Goodwin hopes to convey to young people that "even though things ended so sadly with that decade, and fate intervened during the best parts of the decade, young people really... had a sense of excitement about being young and being alive and having the conviction you could make a difference."

Goodwin has a strong connection to Unity Temple, having appeared there at least six times over the past 25 years to promote books or participate in panels. "It's been wonderful. I feel really connected," she said of her experiences at the venue. Goodwin has also been the keynote speaker at the Truman Library Institute's annual Wild About Harry fundraiser at the Downtown Marriott.

Throughout her career, Goodwin has written acclaimed biographies on several U.S. presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson, as well as a book on the Kennedy family. She met her husband Richard at Harvard University, and they married in 1975. Despite initial trepidation after Richard's death in 2018, Goodwin carried on with the book project.

Goodwin's visit is part of an impressive slate of author events in Kansas City over the next four months, which includes notable authors such as Tom Clavin, Tim Kaine, and Sarah Smarsh. Her appearance at Unity Temple on June 12 provides a unique opportunity for readers to hear directly from the renowned historian about her latest work and gain insight into a pivotal decade that continues to shape American society.

Key Takeaways

  • Doris Kearns Goodwin to promote new book "An Unfinished Love Story" at Unity Temple on June 12.
  • Book is Goodwin's 8th and most personal since 1997, focusing on her late husband Richard Goodwin.
  • The book draws from Richard's archive of 300+ boxes of diaries, letters, and memorabilia.
  • Goodwin has appeared at Unity Temple 6+ times in 25 years, praising the venue's connection.
  • The event is part of a slate of author events in Kansas City, featuring notable authors through October.