Richard N. Goodwin

Richard N. Goodwin served as assistant special counsel to President John. F. Kennedy and as special assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson. After resigning from the White House, he joined the anti-war movement and directed Eugene McCarthy’s 1968 Presidential campaign in New Hampshire and Wisconsin; thereafter, he was campaign adviser to Senator Robert F. Kennedy until Kennedy’s death. He has authored a number of the most memorable speeches of the last decades, including John F. Kennedy’s Latin American speeches; Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society and civil rights speeches (including the “We Shall Overcome” speech and the Howard University speech); Robert Kennedy’s South African speech; and Al Gore’s concession speech in 2000. Mr. Goodwin has written several books and essays including The Sower’s Seed: A Tribute to Adlai Stevenson; Triumph or Tragedy: Reflections on Vietnam; The American Condition; Remembering America: A Voice from the Sixties; and Promises to Keep. He is also a contributor to The New Yorker magazine. His play The Hinge of the World (now titled Two Men of Florence) was published by Farrar Strauss and Giroux and received its world premiere at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in England in 2003.