Lecture, Audio Recording     Series: Hatfield Historians Forum

T.J. Stiles

Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America

T. J. Stiles is the Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author of The First Tycoon and Custer’s Trials. He has served as a historical adviser and on-screen expert for American Experience programs on PBS.

Event Type: Lecture, Audio RecordingLocation: Portland

T. J. Stiles’s latest book, Custer's Trials, paints a portrait of Gen. George Armstrong Custer both deeply personal and sweeping in scope, proving how much of Custer’s legacy has been ignored. The book was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for History. Stiles previously won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the 2009 National Book Award for Nonfiction for his critically acclaimed book The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt. Stiles became interested in Vanderbilt while researching and writing his historical account of another legendary figure, Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War. James and Vanderbilt, he finds, led more significant and more dramatic lives than we have realized. With both subjects, Stiles combines compelling storytelling and personal detail with thoughtful explorations of their role in the making of modern America and the lasting impact of their lives and legends.

Stiles served as historical adviser and on-screen expert for Jesse James and Grand Central, two films in the PBS documentary series American Experience. He has written for The New York Times Book ReviewSmithsonianSalon, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. A native of Benton County, Minnesota, Stiles studied history at Carleton College and Columbia University and resided in New York City for twenty years. He now lives in San Francisco with his wife and son.

 

Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America 

 

Associates

  • Anonymous (2)
  • Arleen Barnett
  • Gerry & Meredith Brodsky
  • John & Nancy Dennis
  • William H. Kilkenny
  • Paul W. Leavens
  • Richard & Shannon Leonetti
  • Neil Kelly
  • Perkins Coie
  • Charles & Ruth Poindexter
  • John Russell & Mary Fellows
  • Leonard & Jeannie Santos
  • William & Helen Jo Whitsell

2016 Speakers

H.W. Brands

H.W. Brands

The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War

Henry William Brands was born in Oregon, went to college in California, sold cutlery across the American West, and earned graduate degrees in mathematics and history in Oregon and Texas. Currently the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at the University of Texas at Austin, he writes on American history and politics, with books including his newest work, "The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman on the Brink of Nuclear War."

Jeff Greenfield

Jeff Greenfield

If Kennedy Lived: The First and Second Terms of President John F. Kennedy: An Alternate History


One of America’s most respected political analysts, Jeff Greenfield has spent more than 30 years on network television, including CNN, ABC News, CBS, and as an anchor on PBS’ Need to Know. His latest book,“If Kennedy Lived: The First and Second Terms of President John F. Kennedy: An Alternate History,” was released in October 2013.