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Mission Viejo Writers Present: Stephen Fried’s Rush

Writers Present: Stephen Fried’s “Rush”


Join New York Times bestselling author and journalist Stephen Fried as he discusses his book, Rush, a 2019 George Washington Book Prize Finalist and American Library Association Notable Book of the Year.

One of the grandest stories of America’s founding has, for more than two centuries, been hiding in plain sight. In RUSH: Revolution, Madness & the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father, author and journalist Stephen Fried brings to light the life of Dr. Benjamin Rush, one of our nation’s most provocative, broadly influential, and shockingly overlooked Founding Fathers.

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Event Date: 
Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 3:00pm
Norman P. Murray Community Center
24932 Veterans Way
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
Rush: Revolution, Madness, and Benjamin Rush, the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804140089
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Published: Broadway Books - September 3rd, 2019

The remarkable story of Benjamin Rush, medical pioneer and one of our nation's most provocative and unsung Founding Fathers ... One of the youngest signatories [of the Declaration of Independence] ... he was also, among stiff competition, one of the most visionary. A brilliant physician and writer, Rush was known as the "American Hippocrates" for pioneering national healthcare and revolutionizing treatment of mental illness and addiction. Yet medicine is only part of his legacy. Dr. Rush was both a progressive thorn in the side of the American political establishment--a vocal opponent of slavery, capital punishment, and prejudice by race, religion or gender--and close friends with its most prominent leaders. He was the protâegâe of Franklin, the editor of Common Sense, Washington's surgeon general, and the broker of peace between Adams and Jefferson, yet his stubborn convictions more than once threatened his career and his place in the narrative of America's founding. Drawing on a trove of previously unpublished letters and images, the voluminous correspondence between Rush and his better-known counterparts, and his candid and incisive personal writings ... Stephen Fried ... finally installs Dr. Rush in the pantheon of great American leaders