Tuesday, September 21, 2010
The Denver Forum Proudly Presents:
Gary Hart – Former U.S. Senator and Co-Chairman of the U.S. Commission on National Security, and Scholar in Residence, Colorado University
Speaking about His Life and His Book of Memoirs: ”The Thunder and the Sunshine: Four Acts in a Burnished Life”
Oxford Hotel -- Sage Room
1600 17th Street
Members: $30, Non-Members, $45
Phone Reservations: 303-832-9030
Gary Hart – Biographical Brief
“Souls that have toil’d, and wrought,
and thought with me—
That ever with a frolic welcome took
The thunder and the sunshine…”
—Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “Ulysses”
For almost four decades, from his role in the 1972 McGovern campaign to his years as a visionary senator, from his leadership on national security matters before and after 9/11 to his contributions as a respected statesman on various issues, Gary Hart has been and continues to be one of America’s great public servants.
In this insightful, humble, and often humorous account of his political and public life, Hart shares his journey through the sometimes rough seas of American politics.
Through this journey, Hart conveys the lessons he has learned along the way, including the importance of public service, the continued relevance of the ideals of our nation’s founders, and the role of the American republic in the world.
More than a personal memoir, The Thunder and the Sunshine is an important contribution to understanding the history of our nation since the 1960s, including firsthand accounts of the end of the Cold War, the presidential elections of 1984 and beyond, America’s initial forays into alternative energy, and the landmark work of the Church Committee.
Drawing on the same keen intellect and foresight that shaped his political achievements and prolific writings, Hart provides a lucid critique of our past, present, and future.
At a time when political leadership is often questioned and civil discourse is on the decline, this book provides insight to where we have been as a country, and where we must go in the twenty-first century.