Lecture, Audio Recording     Series: Hatfield Lecture Series

Richard Norton Smith on Nelson Rockefeller

Richard Norton Smith is a nationally recognized presidential historian and former head of six presidential libraries. In On His Own Terms, Smith draws on thousands of newly available documents to re-create Nelson Rockefeller's improbable rise to the governor's mansion, his politically disastrous divorce and remarriage, and his often surprising relationships with presidents and political leaders from FDR to Henry Kissinger. Smith once said, "There's no excuse for a dull book, a dull museum, or a dull speech. Especially when dealing with history—the most fascinating subject I know."

Event Type: Lecture, Audio Recording

About the Forum

Since 1998, the Oregon Historical Society has presented this annual lecture series, which brings together the nation’s top historians and authors for thought-provoking evenings of history. Each spring, award-winning scholars come to Portland to share broad perspectives on the many facets of United States history.