We’re happy to announce that the Statesman Selects pick for September is Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David by Lawrence Wright. Delving into the historic meeting at Camp David, Lawrence Wright shows us again the insight and journalistic instincts which has made him one of the nation’s best nonfiction writers. We’re proud to partner with the Austin American-Statesman to bring Lawrence Wright to BookPeople Tuesday, September 23 at 7pm.
Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David takes us through each of the thirteen days of the Camp David conference, delving deeply into the issues and enmities between the two nations, explaining the relevant background to the conflict and to all the major participants at the conference, from the three heads of state to their mostly well-known seconds working furiously behind the scenes. What emerges is not what we’ve come to think of as an unprecedented yet “simple” peace. Rather, Wright reveals the full extent of Carter’s persistence in pushing peace forward, the extraordinary way in which the participants at the conference–many of them lifelong enemies–attained it, and the profound difficulties inherent in the process and its outcome, not the least of which has been the still unsettled struggle between the Israelis and the Palestinians. In Thirteen Days in September, Wright gives us a gripping work of history and reportage that provides an inside view of how peace is made.
Lawrence Wright is a staff writer for The New Yorker, and the author of one novel, God’s Favorite, and six previous books of nonfiction, including In the New World; Saints and Sinners; Remembering Satan; The Looming Tower, which was the recipient of many honors; and Going Clear. He is also a screenwriter and a playwright. He and his wife are longtime residents of Austin, Texas.
We’re can’t wait to have Lawrence Wright at the store for this signing. On Sunday, be sure to check out the Statesman’s full review of Thirteen Days in September. We hope you can join us on Tuesday!