Events at the Nixon Library

The Nixon Library hosts a variety of special events, exhibits, lectures and concerts throughout the year.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Meet Robert O’Neill


Meet Robert O’Neill at the Nixon Library

Lecture and Book Signing

A stirringly evocative, thought-provoking, and often jaw-dropping account, The Operator ranges across SEAL Team Operator Robert O’Neill’s awe-inspiring four-hundred-mission career, which included his involvement in attempts to rescue “Lone Survivor” Marcus Luttrell and abducted-by-Somali-pirates Captain Richard Phillips and which culminated in those famous three shots that dispatched the world’s most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden.

In these pages, O’Neill describes his idyllic childhood in Butte, Montana; his impulsive decision to join the SEALs; the arduous evaluation and training process; and the even tougher gauntlet he had to run to join the SEALs’ most elite unit. After officially becoming a SEAL, O’Neill would spend more than a decade in the most intense counterterror effort in US history. For extended periods, not a night passed without him and his small team recording multiple enemy kills—and though he was lucky enough to survive, several of the SEALs he’d trained with and fought beside never made it home.

The Operator describes the nonstop action of O’Neill’s deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, evokes the black humor of years-long combat, brings to vivid life the lethal efficiency of the military’s most selective units, and reveals firsthand details of the most celebrated terrorist takedown in history.


If you cannot attend, but want autographed copies of the book click here to order and we’ll ship the day after his appearance.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Meet Captain Jerry Yellin


Meet Captain Jerry Yellin

Pilot Who Flew Last Mission of World War II

Subject of the book: The Last Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Final Combat Mission of World War II

Free Event Admission

Capt. Yellin will be in-conversation with Don Brown, author of The Last Fighter Pilot.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Meet Douglas Schoen


Meet Douglas Schoen

Author of America in the Age of Trump: Opportunities and Oppositions in an Unsettled World

Free Event Admission

Fox News contributor and influential pollster Doug Schoen will offer his unique assessment of the Trump presidency and the opportunities and challenges that face our nation.

Doug Schoen has been one of the most influential Democratic campaign consultants for more than 30 years. A founding partner and principal strategist for Penn, Schoen & Berland, he is widely recognized as one of the co-inventors of overnight polling.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Sven Kraemer, Author of “Inside the Cold War from Marx to Reagan”


Sven Kraemer, Author of Inside the Cold War from Marx to Reagan

Lecture and Book Signing

Free Event Admission

The author of Inside the Cold War from Marx to Reagan, an unprecedented new guide to the roots, history, strategies and key official documents of the Cold War, will discuss: Richard Nixon’s “Détente” Cold War Strategy in Historical Context and Lessons for Today.

Sven Kraemer brings a unique historical perspective to his understanding of Richard Nixon’s Cold War strategy of “détente.” Educated at Harvard and U.C. Berkeley, he served as a US civil servant in eight administrations with six presidents, including on the National Security Council staff in the White House with Presidents Johnson, Nixon, Ford, and Reagan and eight National Security Advisors. He also served in the Office Secretary of Defense in the Kennedy and GW Bush administrations and in senior staff positions in the U.S. Senate and House.

Books will be available for purchase from the Nixon Library Museum Store.

Moderated by Luke A. Nichter, Nixon tapes expert and professor of history at Texas A&M University.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Meet Mark Bowden

Mark Bowden


Author of Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam

Free Event Admission

The first battle thriller from Mark Bowden since his #1 bestseller Black Hawk Down, Hue 1968 is the story of the centerpiece of the Tet Offensive and a significant turning point in the Vietnam War.

In conversation with Dr. Gregory Daddis, Director of the M.A. Program in War and Society at Chapman University.


Monday, October 23, 2017

“Nixon and Europe,” A Lecture with Luke Nichter


Luke Nichter

Lecture and Book Signing

White House Tapes expert and author of Richard Nixon and Europe: The Reshaping of the Postwar Atlantic World

Free Event Admission

The U.S.-European relationship remains the closest and most important alliance in the world. Since 1945, successive American presidents each put their own touches on transatlantic relations, but the literature has reached only into the presidency of Lyndon Johnson (1963-9).

This first study of transatlantic relations during the era of Richard Nixon shows a complex, turbulent period during which the postwar period came to an end, and the modern era came to be on both sides of the Atlantic in terms of political, economic, and military relations.

Luke A. Nichter is an Associate Professor of History at Texas A&M University – Central Texas, and a noted expert on the Nixon tapes. His current book project is Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. and the Decline of the Eastern Establishment, to be published by Yale University Press. Luke is also the co-author, with Douglas Brinkley, of the New York Times bestseller The Nixon Tapes: 1971-1972 and sequel volume, entitled The Nixon Tapes: 1973.
Luke is a former founding Executive Producer of C-SPAN’s American History TV and his work has appeared in or has been reported on by the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, and the Associated Press. His website,, offers free access to all 3,000 hours of publicly released Nixon tapes as a public service.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Meet Lee Edwards

Lee Edwards (1)


Lecture and Book Signing

Author of Just Right: A Life in Pursuit of Liberty

Lee Edwards is the preeminent historian of the conservative movement. But as this riveting memoir makes clear, he has not simply observed conservatism as a detached scholar; he has been active on the national stage longer than any other conservative in America.
Since committing his life to pro-freedom and anticommunist efforts as a young man in 1956, he has been present at nearly every major event of the modern conservative movement. In his tireless pursuit of liberty, Dr. Edwards has combined politics, policy, and philosophy.
Lee Edwards’s memoir appears at a critical time in the history of American conservatism. In an inspiring final chapter aimed at the rising generation, Dr. Edwards shows how conservatives can remain a major political and philosophical force in America.

He is the distinguished fellow in conservative thought at The Heritage Foundation, is a leading historian of American conservatism and the author or editor of 25 books.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Panel Discussion: Emmett Till

Panel Discussion: Emmett Till


  • Devery Anderson, author of Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement
  • Wheeler Parker, cousin of Emmett Till and eyewitness to Till’s kidnapping
  • Alex Foster, executive producer of the upcoming mini series based on Anderson’s book
  • Frank Gannon (moderator), former White House Special Assistant to President Nixon

Devery Anderson offers the first truly comprehensive account of the 1955 murder and its aftermath.

It tells the story of Emmett Till, the fourteen-year-old African American boy from Chicago brutally lynched for a harmless flirtation at a country store in the Mississippi Delta. Anderson utilizes documents that had never been available to previous researchers, such as the trial transcript, long-hidden depositions by key players in the case, and interviews given by Carolyn Bryant to the FBI in 2004 (her first in fifty years), as well as other recently revealed FBI documents. Anderson also interviewed family members of the accused killers, most of whom agreed to talk for the first time, as well as several journalists who covered the murder trial in 1955.

This book will stand as the definitive work on Emmett Till for years to come.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Book Lecture: “Whiplash: JFK to Donald Trump: A Political Odyssey”

Steinberg (1)
Arnold Steinberg

Author of “Whiplash: JFK to Donald Trump: A Political Odyssey”

Free Event Admission

In this engaging and provocative political memoir, Arnold Steinberg provides an insider’s look into the often widely misunderstood history and nature of political conservatism in American politics, ever since its initial stirrings in the 1950s down to why today’s Generation X has begun to turn against big government and political correctness. His Nixon Library presentation will feature commentary about President Nixon’s political career including the opening to China, aide to Israel during the Yom Kippur War, the end of the military draft, and Civil Rights programs.

Steinberg, a strategist and analyst, wrote two classic graduate textbooks on politics and media. He is a veteran of hundreds of national, state, and local political campaigns, including U.S. Senator James L. Buckley of New York. Over several decades, he has been widely published in magazines, newspapers and online. Sternberg has been interviewed for many publications and has been a frequent guest on television and radio programs. He started in broadcasting as a student panelist for Fred Friendly’s Public Broadcasting Laboratory, the precursor for national public television.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Meet Brian Kilmeade

Meet Brian Kilmeade

Author of Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America’s Destiny


Fox News host and New York Times bestselling author, Brian Kilmeade, returns to the Nixon Library to talk his next American history page-turner on Andrew Jackson and one of the most pivotal–and surprising–battles in American history.

Kilmeade will sign copies of Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America’s Destiny following the lecture.