Brinkley to discuss presidency at temple

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The fifth season of Stephen C. Widom Cultural Arts at Emanuel continues on Sunday, April 30 at 3 p.m., with a talk by presidential historian Douglas Brinkley entitled: “The Evolution of the American Presidency.”

Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University and a CNN presidential historian.

His most recent book, “The Nixon Tapes,” offers a selection of scenes including the year Nixon opened relations with China, negotiated the SALT I Arms Agreement with the Soviet Union, and won a landslide re-election victory — providing a never-before-seen glimpse into a flawed president’s hubris, paranoia and political genius.

Brinkley is a sought-after commentator on U.S. presidential history and has written books on Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.

CNN has declared Brinkley to be “a man who knows more about the presidency than any human being alive.”

Following Brinkley’s remarks, there will be a Q&A, book signing and refreshments.

Tickets are $20 or two for $35.

For further information about subscription discounts and to purchase tickets, call 516-482-5701.

Temple Emanuel of Great Neck is located at 150 Hicks Lane in Great Neck.

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