Past Programs
Dangerous Ambition: Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson
Susan Hertog
Wed, November 16th, 2011 | 6:30 pm
(Members $12)

Event details

Dorothy Thompson was the first female head of a European news bureau, and a columnist and commentator whom Time magazine once ranked alongside Eleanor Roosevelt as the most influential woman in America. Rebecca West blazed a trail for herself as a journalist, literary critic, novelist and historian. In a pre-feminist era when speaking truth to power could get anyone— of either gender—ostracized, blacklisted or worse, these two smart, self-made women lived strikingly parallel lives that placed them at the center of the social and historical upheavals of the 20th century.

Join us for a special Stephen Starr restaurant tasting following the program.

Speakers Bio(s)

Susan Hertog is the author of the new book Dangerous Ambition: Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson, New Women in Search of Love and Power.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

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