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Author Event: Unlikely Heroes: Franklin Roosevelt, His Four Lieutenants, and the World They Made

May 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Dorian Warren, Scott Wallace, and historian Derek Leebaert for a discussion of Leebaert’s new book: Unlikely Heroes: Franklin Roosevelt, His Four Lieutenants, and the World They Made.

Warren, Wallace, and Leebaert will discuss the book’s examination of the work of four of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s (FDR) closest advisors to create and institute some of the fundamental social programs of the New Deal that the public has benefitted from over the last 80 years. They will discuss the threats to these New Deal programs today as well as the progressive movements pushing for their defense and expansion.

Scott Wallace, Henry A. Wallace’s grandson and Co-Chair of the Wallace Global Fund, and FDR’s grandson Jim Roosevelt, have been working on a project with the descendants of these same four advisors, pushing for strong government action today and defending New Deal policies. Dorian Warren is Co-President of Community Change.

After just two short months of his book launch, Derek Leebaert’s storytelling has already received rave reviews and coverage from top-tier outlets like The Wall Street Journal, LitHub’s “Keen On” Podcast and others.

This program is the first in a series of book events by the Institute for Policy Studies (directed by Tope Folarin), the Wallace Global Fund, (directed by Ellen Dorsey), and Busboys & Poets (founded and owned by Andy Shallal) to engage authors and social movement leaders on the connections between their writings and social movement’s action and advocacy for peace, justice, and the environment. This event is also co-hosted by the Congressional Progressive Caucus Center.

A reception and book signing will follow the discussion.

This event will be livestreamed on Busboys & Poets facebook page. To attend live, please RSVP.


Busboys and Poets – Brookland
625 Monroe Street NE
Washington, DC 20017
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