March 30, 2016

Scottsdale Civil War Round Table presents S.C. “Sam” Gwynne April 19

“Stonewall Jackson: One of The Civil War’s Great Transformations” will be presented by S.C. “SAM” Gwynne at 6:40 p.m. on April 19 in the Scottsdale Civic Center Library Auditorium.

S.C. “Sam” Gwynne is the author of two acclaimed books on American history: Empire of the Summer Moon,” which spent 82 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson, which was published in September 2014.  It was also a New York Times Bestseller and was named a finalist for the prestigious National Book Critics Circle Award.  

Sam has written extensively for Texas Monthly, where he was Executive Editor from 2000-2008.  His work included cover stories on White House advisor Karl Rove, NASA, the King Ranch, football player Johnny Manziel, the University of Texas, and Southwest Airlines.  His 2005 story on lethal Houston surgeon Eric Scheffey was published in “The Best American Crime Writing, 2006” by Harper Perennial Press.  In 2008 he won the National City and Regional Magazine Award for “Writer of the Year.” He also writes for Outside magazine.  His articles include a 2011 story about a canoe trip down the Pecos River in Texas, and a 2012 piece about Bikini Atoll in the South Pacific, where the Americans tested atomic weapons.

Prior to joining Texas Monthly, Sam worked for Time Magazine as Correspondent, Bureau Chief, National Correspondent and Senior Editor.  He won a number of awards for his work at Time, including a National Headliners Award for his work on the Columbine High School shootings.  He also won the Gerald Loeb Award, the country’s most prestigious award for business writing, the Jack Anderson Award as the best investigative reporter, and the John Hancock Award for Distinguished Financial Writing.  He has also written for the New York Times, Dallas Morning News, Harper’s, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, California Magazine, The Boston Globe and other publications.  

Sam has a bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton University and a master’s degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University, where he studied under the acclaimed novelist John Barth. 

Scottsdale Civil War Round Table meets the third Tuesday of every month (except June, July, & August), at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library (Auditorium), 3839 N Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale.  Speakers are comprised of well known Civil War experts from around the country. Everyone is welcome. No admission charge.  For more information: or 480-699-5844.