Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Susan Medler
Truman Presidential Museum & Library
PH 816.268.8245 susan.medler@nara.gov

Wandra Brooks Green
University of Missouri-Kansas City
PH 816.235.1601 greenwb@umkc.edu


New York Times Columnist Frank Rich at Unity Temple Oct. 23

Lecture and book signing to focus on newest book, The Greatest Story Ever Sold

KANSAS CITY, MO (September 18, 2006)-Frank Rich, author and columnist for The New York Times, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, 2006, at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th St. The program is co-sponsored by the Truman Presidential Museum & Library and the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Carolyn Benton Cockefair Chair for Continuing Education. The event is free and open to the public; however, due to overwhelming demand for this series, reservations are required. For tickets, call Central Ticket Office at 816-235-6222.

Rich's lecture is titled after his newest book, The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth from 9/11 to Katrina, a hard-hitting indictment of the Bush administration and its manipulation of the media. In its review of the book, Kirkus praised Rich for his "savaging sermon" on the "White House's greatest hits, from the 2001 defense of gas-guzzling as essential to the American way of life to 'Huckuva job, Brownie' to the ongoing morass of Iraq."

Rich is an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times, with a weekly 1500-word essay on the intersection of culture and news in the Sunday Week in Review section, and is senior adviser to The Times' culture editor on the paper's overall cultural news report. In addition to his work at The Times, Rich has written about culture and politics for numerous publications. His childhood memoir, Ghost Light, was published in 2000 by Random House and as a Random House Trade Paperback in 2001. The film rights to Ghost Light have been acquired by Storyline Entertainment.

Before joining The Times, Rich was a film and television critic at Time magazine, film critic for the New York Post, and a film critic and senior editor of New Times magazine. He was a founding editor of the Richmond (Va.) Mercury, a weekly newspaper, in the early 1970s.

Born on June 2, 1949 in Washington, D.C., Rich is a graduate of its public schools. He earned a B.A. degree in American History and Literature, graduating magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1971. At Harvard, he was editorial chairman of The Harvard Crimson, an honorary Harvard College scholar, a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the recipient of a Henry Russell Shaw Traveling Fellowship.

Rich has two sons. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, the author and novelist Alex Witchel, who is a reporter for The New York Times.

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is one of eleven presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration and is supported, in part, by the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, the not-for-profit partner of the Truman Library. The Institute seeks to promote, through educational and community programs, a greater appreciation and understanding of American politics, history and culture, the process of governance, and the importance of public service, as exemplified by Harry S. Truman. To learn more about the Truman Presidential Museum & Library and the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, visit www.trumanlibrary.org.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses,
is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban affairs.

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