Upcoming events

    • 10 Oct 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Riviera Country Club Ballroom, 1155 Blue Road, Coral Gables
    • 90

    The Allies Strike Back,1941-1943: The War in the West, Volume Two

    James Holland’s The Rise of Germany, the first volume in his War in the West trilogy, was widely praised for Holland’s impeccable research and narrative skills. With a wealth of characters from across the western theatre of World War II, Holland told a captivating story while calling on new research to challenge our assumptions and reframe our understanding of this momentous conflict. As The Rise of Germany ended, the Nazi war machine looked to be unstoppable. Germany had taken Poland and France with shocking speed. London was bombed, and U-boats harried shipping on the Atlantic. But Germany hadn’t actually won the Battle of Britain or the Battle of the Atlantic, and was not producing airplanes or submarines fast enough. And what looked like victory in Greece and Crete had expended crucial resources in short supply. In The Allies Strike Back, while Germany’s invasion of Russia unfolds in the east, in the west, the Americans formally enter the war. In North Africa, following major setbacks at the hands of Rommel, the Allies storm to victory. Meanwhile, the bombing of Germany escalates, aiming to destroy the Nazi military, industrial, and economic system, and relentlessly crush civilian morale. A captivating book by a supremely skilled historian, The Allies Strike Back is a perfect successor to The Rise of Germany. 

    James Holland is the author of the bestselling Fortress Malta, Battle of Britain, and Dam Busters, as well as numerous works of historical fiction. Holland regularly appears on television and radio and has written and presented the BAFTA-shortlisted documentaries Battle of Britain and Dam Busters for the BBC, among others. A fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he has his own collection at the Imperial War Museum.

     Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press

    Photo credit: WiLKY Photography

    DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: Tuesday, October 3, 2017.

    • 17 Nov 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Palmeiras Beach Club at Grove Isle, 4 Grove Isle Drive, Miami, FL 33133
    • 160

    Leonardo Da Vinci

    The author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography.

    Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy.

    He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history’s most creative genius.

    Leonardo’s delight at combining diverse passions remains the ultimate recipe for creativity. So, too, does his ease at being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted, and at times heretical. His life should remind us of the importance of instilling, both in ourselves and our children, not just received knowledge but a willingness to question it—to be imaginative and, like talented misfits and rebels in any era, to think different.

    WALTER ISAACSON, University Professor of History at Tulane, has been CEO of the Aspen Institute, chairman of CNN, and editor of Time magazine. He is the author of The Innovators; Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made.

     Publisher: Simon & Schuster 

    Photo credit: The Aspen Institute 

    DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: Monday, November 13, 2017.

    *** NOTE that this luncheon takes place at Palmeiras Beach Club at Grove Isle. ***

    • 05 Dec 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Riviera Country Club Ballroom, 1155 Blue Road, Coral Gables
    • 99

    The Jews of Key West: Smugglers, Cigar Makers, and Revolutionaries (1823-1969)

    Long before Miami was on the map, Key West had Florida’s largest economy and an influential Jewish community. Jews who settled here as peddlers in the nineteenth century joined a bilingual and progressive city that became the launching pad for the revolution that toppled the Spanish Empire in Cuba. As dozens of local Jews collaborated with José Martí’s rebels, they built relationships that supported thriving Jewish communities in Key West and Havana at the turn of the twentieth century. During the 1920s, when anti-immigration hysteria swept the United States, Key West’s Jews resisted the immigration quotas and established “the southernmost terminal of the Jewish underground,” smuggling Jewish aliens in small boats across the Florida Straits to safety in Key West. But these and other Jewish exploits were kept secret as Ku Klux Klan leaders infiltrated local law enforcement and government. Many Jews left Key West during the 1930s and their stories were ignored or forgotten by the mythmakers that reinvented Key West as a tourist mecca.

    The Jews of Key West is an entertaining and authoritative account of Key West’s Jewish community from 1823-1969. Illustrated with over 100 images, it brings to life a history that had long been forgotten.

    ARLO HASKELL is executive director of the Key West Literary Seminar. He is also the author of the poetry collection, Joker, and the editor of poetry volumes by Harry Mathews and Héctor Viel Temperley. Born and raised in the Florida Keys, he lives with his family in Key West.

     Publisher: Sand Paper Press

    Photo credit: Nick Doll 

    DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: Wednesday, November 29, 2017.

    • 01 Jan 2018
    • 30 Apr 2018
    • Coral Gables, FL

    Please save the following spring mini-season dates (they will open for registration later in the fall):

    • Wednesday, January 17 | Simon Sebag Montefiore, Red Sky at Noon

    • Thursday, February 22 | Bijan Omrani, Caesar’s Footprints
    • March | To Be Announced
    • April | To Be Announced

    Be sure to contact us to get on our mailing list if you're not already receiving our newsletters, and we will keep you informed.

    Updated September 1, 2017

Sponsored by:

The Prologue Society, Inc. is a tax-exempt organization under IRS code 501(c)(3).

Contributions to The Prologue Society are tax deductible as permitted by law.

We do not sell, share or disclose any information to any third parties.

Copyright 2017 The Prologue Society, Inc.

Miami, Florida USA

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software