Hatfield Lecture: T.J. Stiles

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For nearly 20 years, the Oregon Historical Society has presented the Mark O. Hatfield Distinguished Historians Forum, bringing together the nation’s top scholars and award-winning authors for thought-provoking evenings of history.

T. J. Stiles is the Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author of The First Tycoon and Custer’s Trials. He has served as a historical adviser and on-screen expert for American Experience programs on PBS.

T. J. Stiles’s latest book, Custer's Trials, paints a portrait of Gen. George Armstrong Custer both deeply personal and sweeping in scope, proving how much of Custer’s legacy has been ignored. The book was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for History. Stiles previously won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the 2009 National Book Award for Nonfiction for his critically acclaimed book The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt. Stiles became interested in Vanderbilt while researching and writing his historical account of another legendary figure, Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War. James and Vanderbilt, he finds, led more significant and more dramatic lives than we have realized. With both subjects, Stiles combines compelling storytelling and personal detail with thoughtful explorations of their role in the making of modern America and the lasting impact of their lives and legends.

Stiles served as historical adviser and on-screen expert for Jesse James and Grand Central, two films in the PBS documentary series American Experience. He has written for The New York Times Book Review, Smithsonian, Salon, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. A native of Benton County, Minnesota, Stiles studied history at Carleton College and Columbia University and resided in New York City for twenty years. He now lives in San Francisco with his wife and son.
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By: Oregon Historical Society

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