Society Of Presidential Descendants Announces Biennial Book Award on Presidential Leadership


BROOKVILLE, New York, September 15, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The Society of Presidential Descendants at Long Island University today announced the finalists for the coveted Biennial Presidential Leadership Book Award, a prestigious award recognizing the best books published on the highest office of our country and the strategies that have shaped United States history and politics.

The Society will host a ceremonial dinner on 23 October 2021, chaired by Master of Ceremonies Douglas Brinkley. Dr Brinkley is the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and Professor of History at Rice University, and a nationally recognized CNN presidential historian and editor at Vanity Fair.

The three finalists for the award:

Susan berfield, The hour of destiny (Bloomsbury) on two of the most colossal figures in American history – Theodore Roosevelt and JP Morgan – striving for mastery in a time of endemic social upheaval and inequality.

Diana Preston, Eight days in Yalta (Atlantic Monthly Press) explains how Churchill, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Stalin – “The Big Three” – shaped the postwar world at an eight-day meeting in Yalta.

Ted widmer, doctorate, Lincoln on the edge (Simon & Schuster) tells the dramatic story of America’s greatest president discovering his own strength to save the Republic as a divided nation plunges into the deepest crisis in history.

The winner will be announced at 23 october having dinner.

“This prestigious book prize, judged by a jury of renowned historians and journalists, will highlight the importance of our common history and our presidential heritage,” said Tweed Roosevelt, great-grandson of Theodore Roosevelt, LIU professor, president of the Theodore Roosevelt Institute at Long Island University, and president of the Society of Presidential Descendants.

The Society of Presidential Descendants are all direct descendants of United States presidents who have come together to provide a contemporary educational platform that highlights the current relevance of historic presidential leadership. Their mission is to provide the public with a better understanding of the leaders who shaped the nation and to encourage all Americans to exercise their civil rights.

Clifton Truman Daniel, grandson of the 33rd American president Harry S. Truman and First Lady Bess truman, said that “Civics education is a driving force that moves this country forward. As my grandfather said, ‘Progress happens when courageous and skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better . ‘”

The partnership between the Society of Presidential Descendants and the Roosevelt School of Long Island University models how local institutions can advance civic-minded public policies in United States. Their educational programs will teach students, and all Americans, the importance of their roles and responsibilities in the democratic process.

Lynda Johnson Robb, the girl of 36e The american president Lyndon B. Johnson and his First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, commented: “In this time of polarization, I hope that this Society can encourage the study of the history of our country and how its Presidents have influenced it. We look forward to having an impact on the dialogue on what unites us as a country.

The Roosevelt School prepares students for careers in international relations, diplomacy, leadership, service and policy development in multinational corporations, foundations, think tanks, nonprofit organizations and government agencies around the world whole. The school presents the World Service Institute, which inspires community service by connecting volunteers with nonprofits around the world. It is also supported by the Steven S. Hornstein Center for Policy, Polling and Analysis, which conducts empirical research, independent polls and analysis to educate the public and policy makers on the critical issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world.

“This biennial book award reflects the best works published on the leaders of our country – from George washington To Joseph biden – and how our nation has progressed through their leadership, ”said Long Island University President Kimberly R. Cline. “The Society of Presidential Descendants influences education to develop future world leaders.”

On Long Island University
Long Island University, founded in 1926, continues to redefine higher education, with innovative and high quality programs and research. Recognized by Forbes for its emphasis on experiential learning and by the Brookings Institution for its “added value” to student outcomes, LIU offers nearly 250 degree programs, with a network of more than 280,000 alumni around the world. Visit for more information.

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