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Stephen Fried

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Stephen Fried is an award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author who teaches at Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania.

His latest book is RUSH: Revolution, Madness and Benjamin Rush, the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father (Crown).

He has written six other acclaimed nonfiction books, including the biographies Appetite for America: Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West—One Meal at a Time and Thing of Beauty: The Tragedy of Supermodel Gia; and the mental health memoir A Common Struggle, co-authored with Congressman Patrick Kennedy. Fried also wrote the investigative books Bitter Pills: Inside the Hazardous World of Legal Drugs and The New Rabbi, as well as a collection of essays o
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Stephen Fried I haven't read it yet but would be curious to. I read a review of it that did not specifically mention Rush, so was interested. I also wondered if the…moreI haven't read it yet but would be curious to. I read a review of it that did not specifically mention Rush, so was interested. I also wondered if the author found the previously unpublished letter we used in RUSH, the one he wrote to his wife which has been in the collection of the Rosenbach Museum. That letter is probably his most disparaging of Washington. I do hope Lender kept in mind that Rush's main problem with the General at the time was over funding for the hospitals; also, Rush was at that time in a death match with his former mentor, Shippen, which caused him to resign from the military. Not excusing what he wrote, just explaining and exploring. by calling the book "the plot against" Lender is taking sides in a longstanding debate. It will be interesting to see if the historical community follows his lead. In the meantime, I'd love it if someone put the two of us on a panel together(less)
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RUSH on NPR Weekend Edition

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'Rush': The Other Founding Father From Philadelphia Named Benjamin

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Benjamin Rush, the medical doctor and Founding Father, took after the Renaissance-man civic participation of his mentor, Benjamin Franklin.
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Rush by Stephen Fried
"Good research, good writing, and at the end the author even indulges in a bit of historiography, good nerdy fun!
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Rush by Stephen Fried
"Oh, my goodness! Forget A. Ham, T. Jefferson and Mister Adams. If you read “Rush, you will meet our founding fathers as only their personal physician and fellow patriot could know them. Stephen Fried's biography of Benjamin Rush opens in the outskirt" Read more of this review »
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Even the terrible pains that have burn me & scarred my soul it was worth it for having been allowed to walked where I've walked. Which was to hell on earth Heaven on earth, back again, into, under far in between, through it, in it over it and above it.”
Stephen Fried, Thing of Beauty

“here we are, without our families, totally out of our heads, and we don’t know where on earth we are. That was the feeling of the early seventies—nobody knew where they were.”
Stephen Fried, Thing of Beauty

“Invoking the story of David, Davies implored his students to “imbibe and cherish a public spirit. Serve your generation. Live not for your selves, but the public. Be the servants of the Church; the servants of your Country; the servants of all.” He exhorted them to “esteem yourselves” not by how much “more happy, honourable and important” you can become but by how much “more useful you are!”
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