RAPID CITY, S.D. (Dec. 12, 2016) – Best-selling
author and journalist Amity Shlaes, who will deliver the South Dakota School of
Mines & Technology commencement address Saturday morning, will host a book
signing from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Mitzi’s Books. Shlaes’ books, The Forgotten Man: A New History of the
Great Depression and Coolidge, will
be available for signing at the bookstore, located at 510 Main
St. in downtown Rapid City.
The New York Times best-selling
book “Coolidge,” is a full-length biography of the 30th United
States president, Calvin Coolidge, who had a strong connection to the Black
Hills. The book details the summer
of 1927 when President Coolidge and First Lady Grace Coolidge spent three
months in the Black Hills. President Coolidge dedicated Mount Rushmore on Aug.
Shlaes chairs the board of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation, a
national foundation based in his birthplace of Plymouth Notch, Vt.
The Coolidge Foundation gives the Coolidge, a full-ride merit scholarship to
any American college.
Shlaes graduated magna cum laude from
Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in English. She has written for Bloomberg, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal
and National Review and is the author
of three other New York Times best-sellers,
The Forgotten Man: A New History of the
Great Depression; The Forgotten Man:
Graphic, a full-length illustrated version of the same book drawn by Paul
Rivoche; and The Greedy Hand: How Taxes
Drive Americans Crazy. National
Review called the Forgotten Man “the
finest history of the Great Depression ever written.”
She is winner of the Hayek Prize and currently chairs the jury for the
prize. She has twice been a finalist for the Loeb Prize in commentary. In 2002,
she was co-winner of the Frederic Bastiat Prize, an international prize for
writing on political economy, and later chaired the jury for that prize. In
2003, she was the JP Morgan Fellow for finance and economy at the American
Academy in Berlin. Over the years she has served at the Council on Foreign
Relations as a senior fellow in economic history and the George W. Bush
Presidential Center, where she was one of four directors working on an economic
Shlaes currently serves as Presidential Scholar at the King’s College,
where she teaches about President Coolidge.
She will be awarded an honorary doctorate at SD Mines’ commencement ceremony,
which will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
Theatre. An expected 169 Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science, Bachelor of
Science and Associate of Arts degrees will be awarded.