mary mcneil centurys witness

Saturday, February 04 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Join us for an afternoon with Mary Llewellyn McNeil in conversation with Caroline Preston.

Join us for a book talk with author Mary Llewellyn McNeil, who will speak about her recent book, Century’s Witness: The Extraordinary Life of Journalist Wallace Carroll. A conversation with author Caroline Preston will follow. This in-person event will be free and open to the public. We recommend arriving early for the best seating.

About the Book: Wallace Carroll was one of the most influential—yet unsung—journalistic heroes of the twentieth century. He was a mentor to a generation of reporters and editors, and his life story is especially relevant today given the crisis in local reporting and ethical challenges in journalism. Carroll covered the most significant events of his time, from the London Blitz to the Vietnam War, and left the national stage to advance the cause of desegregation in the South. Century’s Witness gives fascinating eyewitness accounts of these events. As one review remarked, it is “the best roadmap there is if we aim to restore journalism’s power to inform and persuade.”

About the Author: Mary Llewellyn McNeil is a former writer and editor for the Congressional Quarterly and the principal author of Environment and Health, Reagan’s First Year, and The Nuclear Age. During a twenty-eight-year career at the World Bank, she launched and edited two global magazines, The Urban Age and Development Outreach, and led projects aimed at civil society strengthening and government accountability. A graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government and Wake Forest University, she lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and three daughters. This is her first full-length biography.

About the Moderator: Caroline Preston is the author of two graphic novels, The Warbride’s Scrapbook and The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt (both from Ecco), and three novels, Jackie by Josie (a New York Times Notable Book), Lucy Crocker 2.0, and Gatsby’s Girl. She lives in Charlottesville with her husband, the writer Christopher Tilghman. You can find her online at and on Instagram at @carolineprestonauthor and @prestonvintagedogs.

To order Century’s Witness, please see below for the New Dominion Bookshop book order form or call the shop at 434-295-2552.

"This perceptive biography shows how one self-effacing editor set the standard for quality coverage in WWII—and through the 1950s and 1960s. The Wallace Carroll playbook, with its insistence on thoroughness and fairness, continues to inform generations of journalists."

—Norman Pearlstine

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