Alumnus to sign copies of his new book during Reunion Weekend
Fairfield University alumnus Logan Beirne ’03 will greet customers and sign copies of his latest historical non-fiction book, Blood of Tyrants: George Washington & the Forging of the Presidency, from 12 to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 18, 2013, at Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Road, Fairfield. Beirne, a former Bellarmine Medal winner whose family tree includes “father of the Constitution” James Madison, will also be celebrating his 10-year reunion with Fairfield University.
The event is free and open to the public.
Blood of Tyrants reveals the surprising details of our Founding Fathers’ approach to government and this history’s impact on modern times. Delving into the forgotten – and often lurid – facts of the Revolutionary War, Beirne focuses on the nation’s first commander in chief, George Washington, as he shaped the very meaning of the United States Constitution in the heat of battle.
Key episodes illustrate how the Founders dealt with thorny wartime issues: Who decides war strategy? When should we use military tribunals over civilian trials? Should we inflict harsh treatment on enemy captives if it means saving American lives? How do we protect citizens’ rights when the nation is struggling to defend itself? Beirne finds evidence in previously unexplored documents such as General Washington’s letters debating torture, an eyewitness account of the military tribunal that executed a British prisoner, Founders’ letters warning against government debt, and communications pointing to a power struggle between Washington and the Continental Congress.
Vivid stories from the Revolution frame Washington’s pivotal role in the drafting of the Constitution. The Founders saw the first American commander in chief as the template for all future presidents: a leader who would fiercely defend Americans’ rights and liberties against all forms of aggression.
Blood of Tyrants pulls the reader directly into the scenes, filling the void in understanding of the presidency and the Founders’ pragmatic approach to issues still facing the country today.
Beirne is an Olin Scholar at Yale Law School. Prior to this appointment, he practiced as an attorney with the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City and was a Fulbright Scholar at Queen’s University. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School. His writings have appeared in USA Today, the New York Post, and many other publications. Beirn has served on the boards of directors for multiple charities and is admitted to the New York and Connecticut Bars.
Beirne’s passion for the Revolution is in his blood: He is directly descended from Revolutionary War patriots and his family tree includes James Madison. Some of Washington’s papers were discovered in an ancestor’s storage chest.