Few figures in American political history have been as divisive as Richard Nixon – still able to stir passions 50 years after his astonishing comeback clinched the White House amid the chaos of 1968. Great Lives speaker John A. Farrell, in his acclaimed book Richard Nixon: The Life, succeeds at “humanizing” Nixon, said National Public Radio, without excusing his transgressions. The biography also offers gripping new looks at Nixon’s conduct of the Vietnam War, his undermining of the civil rights movement, the politics of polarization and the behavior that led to Watergate.

Farrell is a graduate of the University of Virginia and a prize-winning biographer and newspaperman who covered every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2012. The Washington Post called his book on Nixon “the best one-volume, cradle-to-grave biography” of the elusive 37th president.

Farrell’s talk, sponsored in part by Parrish Snead Franklin Simpson PLC, will be held in UMW’s Dodd Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., and is open to the public free of charge.


George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium

1301 College Ave
Fredericksburg, VA 22401


Ali Hieber