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History professor explores impact of senator, Vietnam War critic George McGovern in new biography

SMU News

Originally Posted: February 12, 2016

DALLAS (SMU)For Americans who came of age in the turbulent 60s and 70s, George McGovern is largely remembered as a failed Democratic presidential hopeful whose 1972 candidacy was pegged to his opposition to the Vietnam War.  In the first major biography of McGovern, one of two planned volumes, SMU History Professor Thomas Knock fills in the early story about a man whose life and career he calls “as compelling as any Cold War president.”

Knock will discuss The Rise of a Prairie Statesman: The Life and Times of George McGovern (Princeton University Press) at 6 p.m.  Wednesday, Feb. 17, in SMU’s McCord Auditorium in room 306 of Dallas Hall, 3225 University Blvd. The event is free, open to the public, and is sponsored by SMU’s Center for Presidential History and the George W. Bush Library and Museum. Registration is requested at READ MORE