Newt Gingrich is a man of ideas. And one of his best ideas was to team up with Bill Forstchen to co-author what they call "active history." The two idea men have developed the best historical novels I've ever read. The literary quality of their work is outstanding. It would be hard, for example, to top the dramatic story of Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain at Little Round Top on the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg. But Gingrich and Forstchen's fictionial treatment of this story is even more compelling! What Gingrich and Forstchen are trying to do is exactly what Bill Bennett wants to do with his non-fiction histories of the U.S.--to re-ignite a love for America's past and to share the story with millions of the young who will inherit this last best hope of earth. Bill Bennett calls America's story "the second greatest story ever told." I agree.

And Gingrich and Forstchen have made a great contribution to stimulating interest in America. FRC is honored to have Dr. Bill Forstchen as our guest lecturer next week.

Please take a mid-summer break from spiking gas prices and nutty reverends and join us for Dr. Forstchen's Witherspoon Lecture: Lincoln, Lee, and Leadership: Lessons for Today. It will delivered be at noon on Wednesday, July 16th, in FRC's Media Center, 801 G St. NW, across from the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro. Lunch will be provided.