Acclaimed author, historian and Lafayette College Professor Donald L. Miller will read from and sign copies of his new book Supreme City: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America at the Barnes & Noble in Southmont Center (off Rt. 33 at the Freemansburg interchange) in Easton from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22.
Copies of Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany (2007), will also be available for purchase. HBO is currently developing a miniseries based upon the book, produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. Miller previously worked with Spielberg and Hanks as a historical consultant for the ten-part HBO series The Pacific, which was based upon his 2004 book D-Days in the Pacific.
Supreme City (Simon & Schuster) is a monumental portrait of the monumental 1920s, when men and women with monumental ambition made Midtown Manhattan the capital of everything from clothes to cosmetics, skyscrapers to sports. Miller peoples his tectonic-shifting, shimmering story with immigrant builders and Native American construction workers, gangsters and nightclub entertainers, athletes and promoters, tabloid journalists, and book publishers like Richard Simon and Max Schuster, who created the crossword-puzzle craze. Among the stranger-than-fiction, capital-C characters are automobile mogul Walter Chrysler, whose Chrysler Building has gargoyles shaped like car radiator caps, and Prohibition mogul Owney Madden, who said of running an illegal brewery: “It’s better than killing somebody.”
The book has received favorable feature reviews in many major national media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, The Washington Post,The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Daily Beast. Miller was interviewed about the book on the Leonard Lopate Show on New York Public Radio.
Miller is the New York Times best-selling author of nine books, the John Henry MacCracken Professor of History at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, and one of the most respected authorities on World War II and US History.
In addition to Supreme City, his books include Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany (2007), D-Days in the Pacific (2004), The Story of World War II (2001), City of the Century: The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America (1996), The Kingdom of Coal: Work, Enterprise, and Ethnic Communities in the Mine Fields (with Richard E. Sharpless, 1999), and Lewis Mumford: A Life (1989). City of the Century won the 1997 Great Lakes Book Award for Outstanding Work of Nonfiction and Lewis Mumford was a New York Times Notable Book.
Miller has also served as a writer and historical consultant for many film and TV productions, including the History Channel’s WWII in HD (winner of three Emmys) and The Air War, which was inspired by his book Masters of the Air, and The Night of the Long Knives. His contributions to PBS’s “American Experience” series include The Bombing of Germany, Victory in the Pacific (nominated for three Emmys), Ulysses S. Grant, and Abe and Mary. His PBS program America, 1900 won a Peabody Award for excellence in programming. Miller also co-produced, wrote, and hosted “A Biography of America,” a twenty-six-part series for PBS.
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