James Reston, Jr.

"Frost/Nixon" opened in London August 21, 2006. James Reston, Jr. is a character in the play.In London it is an instant hit and moves to the West End for a sold-out three month run. Then it moves to Broadway in New York where it opens on April 22, 2007 for a limited 20 week run. Film rights are purchased by Ron Howard, director of "A Beautiful Mind" and "Da Vinci Code." The movie was released in the fall of 2008. The Jim Reston character is played by actor, Sam Rockwell. The movie garners five Academy Award nominations including best picture and best screenplay.

Ad in The New Yorker, October 31, 2005


Author Events:

Events for Accidental Victim:

Sept. 9, 2013: Publication Day
Sept. 10: Lecture at Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dallas, Texas
Sept. 12: The Today Show
Sept. 12: Reddit IAmA Web Event 11AM
Sept. 13: Lecture at Washington, Va. Library, Washington, Va.
Sept. 25: Presentation at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
October 4: Hour-long interview on KDKA, Pittsburgh
October 13: CNN interview
October 19: Politics & Prose Bookstore, Washington, D.C.
October 27: BlogTalk Radio interview
November 6: Halli-Casser radio interview
November 20: Pen/​Faulkner lunch presentation
November 21: Sulgrave Club, Washington, D.C.
November 22: Presentation at Aspen Institute, Washington, D.C.
November 24: Miami Book Fair


August 20, 2010: Reston spoke at memorial for the late Secretary of the Interior, Stewart L. Udall, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

October 27, 2010: National Geographic book, Eyewitness to History: From Ancient Times to the Modern Era, was published. Forward by Reston.

Media events for Defenders of the Faith, 2009:

May 24, 2009: Interview, "Credo", Washington Examiner
May 27: Book signing, Politics & Prose, Washington D.C.
July 9: Lecture to the Smithsonian Associates
July 17: National radio interview, "Culture Shocks" with Barry Lynn
August 2: Travel article in Washington Post, "Going His Way: Retracing Martin Luther's Steps to the Reformation."
.Vineyard Book Festival, Chilmark, Massachusetts
August 10: WETA TV interview, Washington, Book Studio
September 9: Lecture at the Library of Congress
September 17: Inaugural lecture, History Series, Des Moines, Iowa
September 19: Book signing, Prairie Lights Books Store, Iowa City
November 7: Kentucky Book Fair
November 15: Miami Book Fair
November 17: National Press Club Book Festival
March: Bethesda Magazine, profile by Steven V. Roberts
May 15, 2010: Gaithersburg Book Fair, Gaithersburg, Maryland
July 27: paperback published.

Review of God's Crucible by David Levering Lewis,
Washington Post Book World, January 6, 2008

"Iraq, Anyone?" Op Ed piece, USA Today,
January 15, 2008

Featured blog, Pen International Center, on Balkan trip including Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, and Austria, February 20-March 13.

Review of The Kingmakers by Karl E. Meyer and Shareen Brysac, Washington Post Book World, July 6.


May: The American paperback edition of THE CONVICTION OF RICHARD NIXON published.

May: The Australian edition of the book published in May as well. Reston attends Australian Writers Festival, Sydney, Australia, May 20-25.

September 28: Reston helps inaugurate the national tour of the play, Frost/​Nixon, starring Stacey Keach as Nixon, in Des Moines, Iowa.

October 14: Reston lectures at the premiere of a Canadian production of Frost/​Nixon, in Toronto, starring Len Cariou as Nixon. Canadian Stage.

October 28: Reston lectures in Rochester, New York, at the Geva Theatre and at neighboring colleges, in connection with another independent production of the play.

November 14: Kentucky Book Fair, Frankfort, Ky.

November 18: National Press Club Book Fair, Washington, D.C.

November 18: NBC documentary on 30th anniversary of Jonestown. Reston interviewed.

December: "Frost/​Nixon", the movie, featuring the stars of the hit Broadway play, directed by Ron Howard, and produced by Universal Pictures, premiers nationwide in December. Sam Rockwell (Matchstick Men, The Green Mile, Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward, Robert Ford) plays 'Jim Reston.'

Russian, Hungarian, and Indonesian editions of Warriors of God published in 2008.

Portuguese and Brazilian editions of Dogs of God published in 2008.

Author Events: 2007

June 26: Constitution Center, Philadelphia,
Program with Robert Dallek
July 2: WHYY interview, Philadelphia
July 6: Bunch of Grapes Bookstore,
Martha's Vineyard, Mass.
July 12:Marc Steiner Show, Baltimore
.National Press Club, Washington, D.C.
July 18: Leonard Lopate Show, New York City
July 26: Politics & Prose Bookstore, Washington
September 27: lecture in History Series, Salisbury House, Des Moines, Iowa.
Title: "History and Drama with Frost and Nixon: A Participant's Tale"
November 1: National Press Club Book Fair,
Washington, D.C.
November 10: Kentucky Book Fair, Frankfort, Ky.
November 11: Miami Book Fair

Author Events: 2008

May: Three Rivers Press publishes American paperback.

May: Sydney Writers Festival, to mark the Australian publication of the book, Sydney, Australia.

May: Essay in GQ Australia
Op Ed in The Age, Melbourne, Australia

September 30: Reston helps inaugurate the national tour of Frost/​Nixon in Des Moines with three lectures.

October 15: Italian publication of The Conviction of Richard Nixon. Title: Niete e Illegale.

October 17: Reston in Toronto for premiere of Canadian Stage Company production of Frost/​Nixon

October 28: Reston in Rochester for appearances around premiere of independent production of Frost/​Nixon at the Geva Theatre Center.

November 14: Kennedy Center, Washington, opening night for touring production of Frost/​Nixon.

November 15: Kentucky Book Fair

December 1: special invitation only screening of Ron Howard's movie of Frost/​Nixon, Washington, National Geographic Society. Panel follows with Frank Langella, Peter Morgan, Ron Howard, and Reston, to be moderated by historian Robert Dallek.

Dec. 5: Frost/​Nixon premiers in New York. Reston attends event.

Dec. 12: Movie opens in Washington and other selected cities.

December 25: Movie opens in 600 theatres nation-wide.


.Frost/​Nixon, after becoming a hit play at the Donmar Warehouse, moved to the Gielgud Theatre in London's West End. Broadway production opened in May 2007 and had a 4 month, sold-out run. Ron Howard acquired film rights for Hollywood movie based on the play.

.In Malaga, Spain, Reston delivered the Bernard Ackerman Lecture, "Crusade and Inquisition, Then and Now" to the International Society of Dermatopathology on November 11, 2006

.Reston spoke to the University of Miami Medical School about Fragile Innocence, Miami, Florida, November 20, 2006

PUBLICATION DATE: February 28, 2006

.February 21, 2006: publication day.
.March 2: Village of Friendship Heights, Chevy Chase, Md.
.March 3: television interview on CNN Live.
.March 5: Washington Post Book World lead review
.March 7: Washington Post Book World online chat
.March 9: Borders Book Store, Tyson's Corner, Va.
.March 16: taped interview on Metro Network "Eye on Books"
.March 21: Signing at Stephen Knolls School, Silver Spring, Maryland
.March 22: Lecture at St. Bartholomew's Church, New York City
.March 23: Lecture to Smithsonian Associates, Washington, D.C.
.March 26: Lecture to medical community at University of Iowa.
.March 27: appearance at Prairie Lights Bookstore, Iowa City, Iowa.
.March 30: Barnes & Noble, Bethesda, Maryland
.March 31: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C. Introduction by Dr. Walter Reich.
.April 17: "The American Inquisition", op ed piece in USA Today.
.April 27: lecture to University of Massachusetts Law School, Andover, Mass.
.May 16: "Evening with James Reston, Jr." St. Albans School, Washington, D.C.
.May 18: Reading and signing, Barnes and Noble, Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, Maryland.
.June 1: a lecture, "On Writing an Intimate Memoir", Cleveland Park Library, Washington, D.C.
.June 7: luncheon talk to Metropolitan Club, Washington, D.C.
.June 8: Talk to CNS Foundation, Carmel, California
.June 10: address to Stem Cell Advocacy Conference, Stanford, California
.June 11: Keynote address to Association of Chinese-American Physicians, Flushing, N.Y.
.June 17: Reading & signing, Borders, Warrenton, Va.
.July 1: Signing at Edgartown Books, Edgartown, Mass.
.July 22: Commentary, "Stem Cells: the Ticking Clock", NPR Morning Edition
.September 30: National Book Festival, National Mall, Washington, D.C.
.October 23: Law of the Body Conference,Florence, Italy.
.October 25-November 8: Visiting Scholar, American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy.
.November 10: Address to Medical Conference, Malaga, Spain
.November 18-19: Miami Book Fair
.November 20: speech to Medical School, University of Miami.


.October 11, 2005: Book launch, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C.
.October 21: Politics & Prose Bookstore, Washington,DC
.October 24: Barnes & Noble, Bethesda, Maryland
.October 26: Lecture at St. Bartholomew Church, New York City
.November 6: Interview as introduction to four-hour History Channel series on the Crusades
.November 12: Kentucky Book Fair, Frankfort, Ky.
.November 27: 'Face the Nation' with Bob Shiefer
.November 28: interview on the Marc Steiner Show
.December 4: Lecture at Muslim Community Center, Silver Spring, Maryland.
.December 15: interview on KTIS.
.January 4, 2006: "Califate as a Slur": Commentary on NPR's Morning Edition.
.March 23, 2006: Lecture to the Smithsonian Associates, Washington, D.C.


."Against Pity", a review of Too Late to Die Young by Harriet McBryde Johnson, Washington Post Book World, July 24, 2005

."Behind the Damask Curtain," an essay for Amazon Shorts, published August 2005. Go to www.amazon.com

.On March 23-24, 2005 Reston was the guest of honor in Doho, Qatar at the Grand Annual Cultural Festival. He lectured on "The Novel and History"

."That Damned Girdle: The Hidden Factor that Might have Killed John F. Kennedy", Op Ed page, Los Angeles Times, November 22, 2004, the 41st anniversary of the Dallas assassination.

.A review of "Lucretia Borgia" by Sarah Bradford, Washington Post Book World, November 14, 2004.

.Speaker at BioAgenda Summit Conference, Palm Springs, California, December 4-7, 2004. Spoke on topic: "What would Galileo think (about the biotechnical revolution)?

.Inaugural lecture in History Series at the Salisbury House, Des Moines, Iowa, September 29, 2004. Topic: "Crusades Then and Now"

.On May 27, 2004, the New York State Opera gave a performance of the opera, "The Reverend Jim Jones," by John Eaton, for which Reston wrote the libretto.


.In England, a play by Peter Morgan, "Frost/​Nixon", is be about the Frost-Nixon Interviews in 1977, in which Reston, the Watergate adviser to Frost for the project, is a character, premiers in London in August 2006.

.Reston's play, "Sherman the Peacemaker", received an intensive reading with actors at the Theatre of the First Amendment, Fairfax, Virginia, in April 2005.

.Reston featured in NPR series on Crusades, hosted by Mike Shuster.

.Reston featured in ESPN documentary on Pete Rose, September 25, 2004.

2003-2004 EVENTS:

.Reston lectured at Prologue Society chapters in L.A. and San Francisco, October 2003.

.He was a featured commentator on a Discovery Channel special called "The Crusades", fall 2003.

.He was interviewed on CBS Evening News, ESPN Sports Center, WGN in Chicago, and KMOX in St. Louis in January 2004 on Pete Rose's confession about gambling on baseball.

Reston was a commentator in the History Channel production, "The Barbarians are Coming", which premiered on January 19,2004.

Prologue Society, Palm Beach, January, 2004. Four lectures on "Crusades Then and Now."

Selected Works

History, Crusades
"Remarkably intimate and engagingly detailed."
--Kirkus Reviews
"Splendid and thrilling....a wonderfully told story."
--The New York Times Book Review
"It is the triumph of the book that Reston himself is able to offer a convincing imitation of a Renaissance man-stepping beyond the Arts/Science dichotomy of the 20th century to tell the story of a society where not only were science and religion regarded as the same side of the coin, but in which their union made sense....a brilliant biography."
--The Washington Post Book World
"Sifting through court poems, Norse sagas, Hungarian folk takes,....Reston constructs a colorful and dramatic story."
--The New York Times Book Review
History of Sport
A dual biography of the great, but flawed hit leader in major league baseball and the former Yale President and Baseball Commissioner who banned Rose from baseball for betting