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SLCL’s Westfall Series Presents Award-Winning Historian Simon Winchester

Press Release

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 10:00a.m.
The St. Louis County Library Foundation’s ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series is pleased to present acclaimed historian Simon Winchester for a discussion and signing of his book “The Men Who United the States: America’s Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics, and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible.”
The event will take place at Library Headquarters (1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.) on Wednesday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.
The event is sponsored by Maryville University. 
Simon Winchester, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of “Atlantic” and “The Professor and the Madman,” delivers his first book about America: a fascinating popular history that illuminates the men who toiled fearlessly to discover, connect, and bond the citizenry and geography of the U.S.A. from its beginnings.
How did America become “one nation, indivisible”? What unified the disparate states into the modern country we recognize today? To answer these questions, Winchester follows in the footsteps of America’s most essential explorers, thinkers, and innovators, such as Lewis and Clark, the builders of the first transcontinental telegraph, and the civil engineer behind the Interstate Highway System. He treks vast swaths of territory, from Pittsburgh to Portland, Seattle to Anchorage, introducing the fascinating people who played a pivotal role in creating today’s United States.
Throughout, he ponders whether the historic work of uniting the States has succeeded. “The Men Who United the States” is a fresh look at the way in which the most powerful nation on earth came together.
Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, including “The Professor and the Madman,” “Atlantic,” “The Man Who Loved China” and “Krakatoa,” all of which were New York Times bestsellers. In 2006 Mr. Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty the Queen.
The program with Simon Winchester is a St. Louis County Library ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series presentation. The Westfall series features authors of politics, current issues, history, and sports. The series is co-sponsored by Jack Dubinsky and Sons; McMahon Berger; Sachs Properties; Brown Smith Wallace LLC; Royal Banks of Missouri; St. Louis Business Journal; Midwest Library Service; The Booksource; Ivey-Selkirk Auctioneers; S.M. Wilson & Co.; and Stifel, Nicolaus.