Thursday, November 5, 2009
The Boston Red Sox & The Great Fenway Park Writers Series Proudly Present:
William M. Bulger – Former President, Massachusetts State Senate and the University of Massachusetts
Author of and Speaking on: “James Michael Curley: A Short Biography With Personal Reminisces”
6:30 PM Reception – 7:00 PM Dinner
Commonwealth Room – Hotel Commonwealth
500 Commonwealth Avenue (above the Kenmore Square “T” Stop)
Friends of the Writers Series, BoSox Members & Red Sox Season Ticket Holders – $50 (price includes an autographed copy of President Bulger’s book); all others, $60
Biographical Brief – William M. Bulger
Two of the most intriguing political figures in Boston history come together in this new book from Commonwealth Editions, a leading publisher of books of regional interest, based in Beverly, Massachusetts.
Author William M. Bulger, who served as president of both the Massachusetts Senate and the University of Massachusetts, was inspired to enter politics by his subject. James Michael Curley, who died two years before Bulger’s first run for office in 1960, dominated the political scene for over half a century as Boston councilor, alderman, and mayor, and Massachusetts governor and congressman. Eloquent, passionate, ever loyal to his constituents, Curley was a lightning rod for controversy throughout a political career extending from his first run for office in 1897 to his last in 1955.
How did Curley keep such a grip on the public imagination? Who better to ask than Bulger, an eloquent, passionate, loyal, and controversial Boston politician of his own day? Bulger proudly takes on the myth and the man, explaining just why the “rascal” Curley was such an inspiration to the generation who followed him on the hustings.
“We do not look as favorably on politicians of our own day as on those who have braved the political tumult of their own day,” writes Bulger. “And none did so more boldly, daringly, and colorfully than James Michael Curley. His life affirms the idea that the political struggle is a worthy undertaking.”