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(Hybrid) Charles Trueheart presents Diplomats at War

Thu April 4 @ 19 h 30 - 20 h 30


The Library is delighted to welcome former American Library in Paris Director Charles Trueheart, who will present his new memoir, Diplomats at War.

For many in the American Library in Paris community, Charles Trueheart requires no introduction. Trueheart was the Director of the American Library from 2007 to 2017, during which time he oversaw remarkable growth and evolution at our beloved institution. He continues his service to the American Library as a member of the Board of Trustees. 

Trueheart has recently published a memoir about his family’s involvement in American political history, specifically the Vietnam War. His godfather was Frederick “Fritz” Nolting, the US ambassador to South Vietnam from 1961 to 1963, and his father was William Trueheart, Nolting’s second-in-command. Nolting and William Trueheart were close friends for many years, but their friendship was torn apart by the war that went on to traumatize the populations of both the US and Vietnam for generations. In Diplomats at War, Trueheart draws from personal memory, family records, and his decades of experience as a political reporter to contemplate the breakdown of a friendship alongside the story of the US’s involvement in Vietnam.

About the speaker:

Charles Trueheart was director of the American Library in Paris from 2007 to 2017. Most of his earlier career was in journalism, including fifteen years at the Washington Post, first covering book publishing and literary topics, then as a correspondent in Canada and France. Before joining the Post, Trueheart was associate director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University and director of the Kennedy School of Government’s Public Affairs Forum. His writing has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly and the American Scholar, where he is a contributing editor. His book on Vietnam during the Kennedy years, Diplomats at War, was released in February 2024. Trueheart was educated at Exeter and Amherst. He and his wife, Anne Swardson, live in Paris and Staunton, Virginia.

Learn more:

You can read excerpts from Diplomats at War here.

Trueheart is a contributing editor for the American Scholar. You can find his recent writing for the American Scholar here.

Important information: The discussion will be available both online and in person. While the conversation will happen in person (the speaker will appear in the Reading Room), the Library will stream the conversation on Zoom for a live viewing experience. Both in-person and online attendees will be able to pose questions.

Attendance at this event constitutes permission for your photograph or video to be taken at the event and used by the American Library in Paris for marketing, promotional, pedagogical, or other purposes.

Read along with the Library! If you want to prepare ahead of this event, copies of Diplomats at War will be on sale one week in advance, as well as after the event. Stop by Member Services to purchase your copy. Books are generously provided by Smith&Son.

Attendees will have the opportunity to have their copy signed following the conversation.

Evenings with an Author are free and open to the public (with a 10€ suggested donation)
thanks to the generous support of Gregory Annenberg Weingarten of GRoW @ Annenberg.


Thu April 4
19 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min
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(Hybrid) Charles Trueheart presents Diplomats at War
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