Tony Horwitz - Spying on the South

Tony Horwitz - Spying on the South

Monday, May 20, 2019 7:00 PM

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library
441 John Lewis Freedom Parkway NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

A Cappella Books and the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tony Horwitz, author of "Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide."

All members of our A Cappella Choir are invited, along with a guest, to our meet & greet with Tony Horwitz at Manuel's Tavern from 5:30-6:30 PM. In addition, you will enjoy preferred seating at the Carter Library event.

Not a member? If you join the A Cappella Choir, at any level, between now and May 20, you and a guest are invited to attend this reception. Members will have a chance to meet Tony Horwitz, have their copy of “Spying on the South” signed and personalized, and take a photo with the him ahead of the book discussion at 7 p.m. "Spying on the South" will be the first purchase out of your new Choir account, and we will have your book at the reception.

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About the Book

The best-selling author of "Confederates in the Attic" returns to the South and the Civil War era for an epic adventure on the trail of America’s greatest landscape architect.

In the 1850s, the young Frederick Law Olmsted was adrift, a restless farmer and dreamer in search of a mission. He found it during an extraordinary journey, as an undercover correspondent in the South for the up-and-coming New York Times.

For the Connecticut Yankee, pen name “Yeoman,” the South was alien, often hostile territory. Yet Olmsted traveled for 14 months, by horseback, steamboat, and stagecoach, seeking dialogue and common ground. His vivid dispatches about the lives and beliefs of southerners were revelatory for readers of his day, and Yeoman’s remarkable trek also reshaped the American landscape, as Olmsted sought to reform his own society by creating democratic spaces for the uplift of all. The result: Central Park and Olmsted’s career as America’s first and foremost landscape architect.

In "Spying on the South," Tony Horwitz rediscovers Yeoman Olmsted amidst the discord and polarization of our own time. Is America still one country? In search of answers and his own adventures, Horwitz follows Olmsted’s tracks and often his mode of transport (including muleback): through Appalachia, down the Mississippi River, into bayou Louisiana, and across Texas to the contested Mexican borderland. Venturing far off beaten paths, Horwitz uncovers bracing vestiges and strange new mutations of the Cotton Kingdom. Horwitz’s intrepid and often hilarious journey through an outsized American landscape is a masterpiece in the tradition of "Great Plains, Bad Land," and the author’s own classic, "Confederates in the Attic."

If you are unable to attend this event, you may pre-order a signed copy below.

About the Author

Tony Horwitz is a native of Washington, D.C., and a graduate of Brown University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. As a foreign correspondent, he covered wars and conflict in the Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe, mainly for the Wall Street Journal. Returning to the U.S., he won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting and wrote for the New Yorker. He has also been a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and president of the Society of American Historians. Tony’s books include the national bestsellers "Confederates in the Attic," "Blue Latitudes," "Baghdad Without a Map," and "A Voyage Long and Strange." He and his wife, novelist Geraldine Brooks, have two sons and live in Massachusetts.