Pulitzer Prize winning author Hedrick Smith will discuss his new book Who Stole the American Dream, a revealing portrait of the past 40 years of U.S. political and economic history, at UMass Dartmouth’s Woodland Commons, 3:30 pm, on Thursday, November 12. The talk titled Can we reclaim the American Dream will be followed by a Q&A session and book signing. The UMass Dartmouth community and general public are invited to attend.
Who Stole the American Dream is an eye-opening account of how the American Dream has been dismantled and society has become two Americas over the past four decades according to the author. Mr. Smith knits together political and economic developments and significant shifts in American capitalism under the last six presidents. He combines penetrating profiles of corporate and political leaders, with close-up reporting on the experience of middle-class Americans in an interdisciplinary work.
Hedrick Smith’s career began in print journalism in the 1950s. After graduating from Williams College, doing graduate work as a Fulbright Scholar at Oxford University, and serving three years in the U.S. Air Force, he joined United Press International in Memphis, Nashville and Atlanta from 1959-1962.
As a reporter and editor of The New York Times for more than 26 years, Smith served in Saigon, Cairo, Paris, the American South, and as bureau chief in Moscow and Washington. In 1971, he was a member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team for the Pentagon Papers series. In 1974, he won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting from Russia and Eastern Europe.
Smith has written five other best-selling novels, including The Russians, a No.1 American best-seller translated into 16 languages, and The Power Game: How Washington Works.