A Very Private Public Citizen: The Life of Grenville Clark (Hardback)


Behind Batman stood Alfred. Behind James Bond stood Q. And behind some of the most influential men of the past century, presidents and diplomats alike, stood Grenville Clarke. Nancy Peterson Hill's A Very Private Public Citizen spotlights the crusader who fought for justice and peace behind the curtain. Clarke's legacy lives on in the work he accomplished, often unheard of, often uncelebrated.



A Very Private Public Citizen: The Life of Grenville Clark by Nancy Peterson Hill is now available through Diastole’s website for $37.00 plus shipping and handling.

Grenville Clark was born to wealth and privilege in Manhattan, where his maternal grandfather, LeGrand Bouton Cannon, was an industry titan, retired Civil War colonel, and personal friend of Abraham Lincoln. Clark grew up on a first-name basis with both Presidents Roosevelt, and his close friends included Supreme Court justices. He was well known and respected in the inner circles of business, government, and education. In A Very Private Public Citizen: The Life of Grenville Clark, Nancy Peterson Hill gives life to the unsung account of this great and largely anonymous American hero and reveals how the scope of Clark’s life and career reflected his selfless passion for progress, equality, and peace.

About the Author

Nancy Peterson Hill is a writer and Administrator of Diastole Scholars’ Center, a nonprofit conference center, art gallery, and event space affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She also serves on the board of the Edgar Snow Memorial Foundation, a U.S./China friendship group and is active in cross-cultural activities in Kansas City and China. She lives with her husband, Larry, and her enthusiastic Giant Schnauzer, Hu-Too, in the Diastole complex.