In 1968, two American icons were assassinated only sixty-two days apart. David Margolick, in his latest book, The Promise and the Dream: The Untold Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, explores the complex relationship between these two American icons. David will be in conversation with NYU's own Dr. Miriam Nyhan Grey.
David Margolick is a long-time contributing editor at Vanity Fair. Previously he was a legal affairs reporter and columnist at The New York Times, for which he covered, among other stories, the trial of O.J. Simpson. His prior books include Dreadful: The Short Life and Gay Times of John Horne Burns; Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock, a study of the principal figures in the iconic photograph from the 1957 school desegregation crisis; Beyond Glory: Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling, and a World on the Brink; and Strange Fruit: The Biography of a Song. He has written for the New York Times Book Review, the New York Review of Books, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Guardian, and Kindle Singles, and been an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University.
On The Promise and the Dream:
“To have any hope of making sense of it all, we need a discerning… work that not only identifies the most important events of 1968 but also puts them in historical context. This is what David Margolick’s “The Promise and the Dream” give us in large measure, an engaging work of popular history that revisits the interconnected lives of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy.” — The New York Times Review