Ronald C. White

On Great Fields

The Life and Unlikely Heroism of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

Published October 31, 2023

Book Tour Events

Chamberlain on Tour: Talk & Book Signing with Biographer Ron White

Monday, August 12, 4:30PM
Chamberlain Museum Parlor
On Great Fields: The Life and Unlikely Heroism of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, published by Lincoln and Grant biographer, Ronald C. White, in October 2023, has leapt onto bestseller lists thanks to his fresh retelling of Chamberlain’s story. In numerous talks about the book around the country and online, Ron has heard again and again from audience members about how Chamberlain has inspired them or factored into their lives. He’ll share several surprising stories from these interactions, and sign books at this informal gathering. Light refreshments provided. Free, but as seating is limited, RSVP required.

RSVP to, or by calling 207 729 6606

Aug 6 – South Portland, Maine 5 p.m.
Barnes & Noble @ Maine Crossing
200 Running Hill Rd 04106

Aug 12 – Brunswick, Maine, 4:30 p.m.
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Museum

Aug 13 – Belfast, Maine
Left Bank Books 6:30 pm.

Sept 14 – Manchester, VT
Hildene – the Lincoln Family Home
Dedication of Lincoln Hall

Sept 17 – New York 6 p.m.
Civil War Round Table of New York
Villa Mosconi Restaurant, 69 Macdougal St

Ronald C. White

Ronald C. White is available for select readings and lectures.

To inquire about a possible appearance with Ronald C. White, please contact Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau. Emily Lawrence: or phone: 212-782-9208.

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In Praise of

Ron captured the complexity of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain through masterful biography and storytelling. Too often, this iconic figure’s achievements are restricted to success on the battlefield in the Civil War, but Ron’s engaging lecture traced the long arc of the American nineteenth century through Chamberlain’s life and times. Ron humanized Chamberlain and his unlikely heroics in a captivating style, painting a picture of an ordinary American who, through extraordinary circumstances, played a vital role in a war for the preservation of the United States.”

– Jamie O. Bosket, President & CEO, Virginia Museum of History & Culture, Richmond

Over the last 30 years, the Civil War Round Table of the Union League Legacy Foundation has hosted hundreds of speakers on a great variety of topics. Ron White has become one of our most frequent and favorite speakers. He combines the intellectual skills of the trained historian while conveying the narrative of his subject with the ease of a born storyteller.”

– John Meko, Executive Director, The Union League, Philadelphia

Ron is a master storyteller and excellent conversationalist. It is always a pleasure to host him for our “Four Score” Speaker Series. Our audience was deeply engaged in the discussion on his latest book, On Great Fields, and appreciated his thoughtful responses to their questions.”

-Erin Carlson Mast, Lincoln Presidential Foundation


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