Individual Author Record
Name: Paul HendricksonPen Name: None Genre: Non-Fiction Born: 1944 in Fresno,California Sites:
Illinois ConnectionHendrickson was raised in Chicago.
Biographical and Professional InformationPaul Hendrickson was born in California but grew up in the Midwest and in a Catholic seminary in the Deep South, where he studied seven years for the missionary priesthood. This became the subject of his first book, published in 1983, Seminary: A Search. Since 1998 he has been on the faculty of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania. For two decades before that he was a staff writer at The Washington Post. He has been the recipient of writing fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lyndhurst Foundation, and the Alicia Patterson Foundation. In 2009 he was a joint visiting professor of documentary practice at Duke University and of American studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.Hendrickson has presented at the National Book Festival in Washington DC. A link to his webcast is below: [http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=5725 2012 Book Festival Webcast]He currently resides outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Seminary: A Search, Simon & Schuster, 1983
- Looking for the Light: The Hidden Life and Art of Marion Post Wolcott, Knopf, 1992
- The Living and the Dead: Robert McNamara and Five Lives of a Lost War, Knopf, 1996
- Sons of Mississippi, Knopf, 2003
- Bound for Glory, Abrams, 2004
- Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, Vintage, 2012
Titles At Your Library
Looking For The Light: The Hidden Life and Art of Marion Post Wolcott
ISBN: 0394577299 Knopf. 1992 A celebration of the life and work of the twentieth-century photographer discusses her studies in Europe, her free-lance career in the United States, her depiction of a Depression-ravaged America, and her decision to abandon her career to raise a family.
The Living and the Dead: Robert McNamara and Five Lives of a Lost War
ISBN: 067978117X Vintage. 1997 A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
Finalist for the Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism
"Meticulous in detail, epic in scope, psychologically sophisticated and spiritually rich, it ranks with The Best and the Brightest and All the President's Men."
--San Francisco Chronicle
More than the two presidents he served or the 58,000 soldiers who died for his policies, Robert McNamara was the official face of Vietnam, the technocrat with steel-rimmed glasses and an ironclad faith in numbers who kept insisting that the war was winnable long after he had ceased to believe it was. This brilliantly insightful, morally devastating book tells us why he believed, how he lost faith, and what his deceptions cost five of the war's witnesses and McNamara himself.
In The Living and the Dead, Paul Hendrickson juxtaposes McNamara's story with those of a wounded Marine, an Army nurse, a Vietnamese refugee, a Quaker who burned himself to death to protest the war, and an enraged artist who tried to kill the man he saw as the war's architect. The result is a book whose exhaustive research and imaginative power turn history into an act of reckoning, damning and profoundly sympathetic, impossible to put down and impossible to forget.
"A masterpiece. . . . [Hendrickson] has a gift with language that most writers can only dream about. "
"Approaches Shakespearian tragedy."
--The New York Times Book Review
Sons of Mississippi: A Story of Race and Its Legacy
ISBN: 0375704256 Vintage. 2004 They stand as unselfconscious as if the photograph were being taken at a church picnic and not during one of the pitched battles of the civil rights struggle. None of them knows that the image will appear in Life magazine or that it will become an icon of its era. The year is 1962, and these seven white Mississippi lawmen have gathered to stop James Meredith from integrating the University of Mississippi. One of them is swinging a billy club.
More than thirty years later, award-winning journalist and author Paul Hendrickson sets out to discover who these men were, what happened to them after the photograph was taken, and how racist attitudes shaped the way they lived their lives. But his ultimate focus is on their children and grandchildren, and how the prejudice bequeathed by the fathers was transformed, or remained untouched, in the sons. Sons of Mississippi is a scalding yet redemptive work of social history, a book of eloquence and subtlely that tracks the movement of racism across three generations and bears witness to its ravages among both black and white Americans.
Bound for Glory: America in Color 1939-43
ISBN: 0810943484 Harry N. Abrams. 2004 An array of 180 full-color photographs from the Library of Congress's Farm Security Administration collection, taken by FSA photographers from 1939 to 1943, creates a vivid portrait of America as it began to emerge from the Great Depression and prepared to fight World War II.
Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost
ISBN: 1400075351 Vintage. 2012
National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist