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Philip G. Grose Book Signing Reception "Looking for Utopia: The Life and Times of John C. West"

Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library
Jun 16, 2011 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Author Philip G. Grose will talk about his latest book, Looking for Utopia: The Life and Times of John C. West at the Hollings Library at the University of South Carolina on June 16, 2011.  A reception will begin at 5 p.m. and Grose will speak at 6 p.m.  Afterwards, he will sign copies of the book which will be available for sale.  The event is free and open to the public. 

An exhibit of the University’s John C. West Collection will be mounted for the occasion in the South Carolina Political Collections (SCPC) Gallery of the Hollings Library. This collection documents West’s entire life and is highlighted by the.  A highlight of the remarkable diary West maintained while he served as governor from 1971 to 1975 and as President Jimmy Carter’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, from 1977 to 1981.

John C. West’s life and impact are analyzed in Looking for Utopia, published by the University of South Carolina Press.  The work is based on careful research in other primary material, and Grose’s personal knowledge gained as a West staffer and associate.