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Author Donald J. Green kicks off Four Seasons Author Series
Author Donald J. Green kicks off Four Seasons Author Series

Tampa, FL -- The Friends of the Library of Tampa-Hillsborough County will celebrate Part 1 of the lunch and lecture Four Seasons Author Series with Donald J. Green.

Green is the author of Third Party Matters: Politics, Presidents and Third Parties in American History, and drew an overflow crowd at the 2010 Festival of Reading in St. Petersburg.

The lunch and lecture Four Seasons Author Series kicks off Friday, Feb. 4 at noon at the University Club, 38th Floor, One Tampa City Center in downtown Tampa.

Tickets are $30 for a onetime event, and $100 for a subscription to the four part series.

Reservations were required by calling the Friends office at (813) 273-3616 before Friday, Jan. 28.

Donald J. Green is a New York native and has been Tampa resident for more than 20 years. Green graduated from Bucknell University then the Baruch School, City College of New York, with a master's in Marketing. After a career in advertising, Green turned to his lifelong interest in American history.

After studying at the University of London's Institute of United States Studies and the London School of Economics, Green returned to Tampa where he completed an advanced degree at the University of South Florida. Green teaches at Hillsborough Community College.

His article in The Historian about the Constitutional Unionists, a third party in the critical election of 1860, lead to an in-depth study of third parties, culminating in Third Party Matters: Politics, Presidents and Third Parties in American History. Green's publisher describes Third Party Matters in this way:"

Third parties have been a fixture in the American political landscape since the beginning of the modern two-party system. More than 100 of these groups have surfaced, but only a handful has made a real difference. Third-Party Matters: Politics, Presidents, and Third Parties in American History tells the intriguing stories of those 11 parties, starting with the antislavery Liberty Party of 1841.

This investigation reveals the background behind each party's rise, what it stood for, who its leaders were---including larger-than-life personalities like Teddy Roosevelt, George Wallace, and Ross Perot---and the ultimate outcome of the election(s) in which each party participated. An awareness and understanding of this aspect of our past can suggest how party politics may evolve in the future."

A book signing will follow the lunch and lecture's questions and answer session.

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