Author David Von Drehle autographs copies of Rise to Greatness.
By Scottie Taylor Iverson
David Von Drehle lives in Kansas City with his family, but he was raised in Aurora, attended Gateway High School and was the youngest sportswriter for The Denver Post at 17 years old. He graduated from the University of Denver with a double major in English and Philosophy. While at DU, he was editor of the Clarion student newspaper. He was the recipient of a Marshall Scholarship and spent two years at Oxford earning a master’s degree in Literature. He found journalism was a better fit in which to immerse himself.
Von Drehle wrote for the Miami Herald and received several distinguished journalism awards, including one for being in the youngest category – a Livingston Award. In 1991, Von Drehle became the New York bureau chief for The Washington Post. In 2006, he became editor-at large for TIME and contributes to National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. He has also written four books. Deadlock was a source book for the Emmy-award winning HBO movie Recount. His Triangle: The Fire That Changed America won several awards and was a New York Times Bestseller.
Donna Jackson, event chair, holds a stovepipe hat centerpiece with committee members Pat Fisher and Judy Steadman
He was back in town and appropriately at DU to share his latest – Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year. The humble Von Drehle has carved a rise to greatness with his numerous acknowledgements and achievements. He thanked his mentor Bob Richardson in the English Department at DU and remarked about the astonishing transformation of the physical plant at the university.
“A faculty that cares about its students, however, is unchanged,” he said.
Von Drehle’s presentation to the Women’s Library Association shared a glimpse of the electrifying story month-by-month of Abraham Lincoln in 1862 – America’s most perilous year. It is rumored that Steven Spielberg wished he had consulted with Von Drehle and his book before his movie Lincoln and that Von Drehle actually attended the premiere.
Sid and Renae Levin
Lois Jones, president of Women’s Library Association and NancyAllen, dean and director of University Libraries
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