May 31, 2023
66 Leavitt Street
Hingham, MA 02043
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Evening With the Author: James Conroy presents The Devils Will Get No Rest
Wednesday, May 31, 2023
In January 1943, FDR and Churchill secretly met in Morocco to plan the defeat of Germany, Italy, and Japan. The Devils Will Get No Rest recounts the Casablanca Conference and its colorful participants’ fraught debates as they planned to pivot from a defensive to an offensive war. For ten grueling days, Roosevelt, Churchill, de Gaulle, George C. Marshall, Eisenhower, and Patton, questioned each other’s competence, doubted each other’s vision, and argued their way through choices that could win or lose the war. In the end, Churchill called the Casablanca Conference the most important Allied conclave of the war.
This is a master class in military strategy, foreign policy, and high stakes negotiation. Conroy uses fresh research and neglected reminiscences to tell the behind-the-scenes story of how the Allies stared into the face of evil and forged a winning plan.
James B. Conroy is an award-winning author and an Honorary Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society. He worked on Capitol Hill as a Senate press secretary, a congressman’s chief of staff, and served for six years in the Naval Air Reserve. Conroy graduated magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center and practiced law in Boston until 2020. His first book, Our One Common Country, was a finalist for the prestigious Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize. His second, Lincoln’s White House, shared the Lincoln Prize and won the Abraham Lincoln Institute’s annual book award. He and his wife, Lynn, divide their time between Hingham, Massachusetts, and Martha’s Vineyard.
This program is presented in partnership with Buttonwood Books & Toys, Cohasset. Books will be available for sale and signing.