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Kai Bird in Conversation With T. J. Stiles

June 23 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Free
Online, N/A, Portland, OR 97207

The Outlier: The Unfinished Presidency of Jimmy Carter (Crown) is an essential reevaluation of the complex triumphs and tragedies of Jimmy Carter’s presidential legacy — from the expert biographer and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Prometheus. Four decades after Ronald Reagan’s landslide win in 1980, Jimmy Carter’s one-term presidency is often labeled a failure; indeed, many Americans view Carter as the only ex-president to have used the White House as a stepping-stone to greater achievements. But in retrospect the Carter political odyssey is a rich and human story, marked by both formidable accomplishments and painful political adversity. Forty years before today’s broad public reckoning with the vast gulf between America’s creed and its actions, Carter looked out over a nation torn by race, crippled by stagflation, and demoralized by both Watergate and Vietnam and prescribed a radical self-examination from which voters ultimately recoiled. The cost of Carter’s unshakeable belief in doing the right thing would be a second term — and the ascendance of Reagan. Drawing on interviews with members of Carter’s administration as well as recently unclassified documents from his presidential library, Bird delivers a profoundly thorough, clear-eyed evaluation of a president whose legacy has been debated, dismissed, and misunderstood. The Outlier is this generation’s definitive account of an enigmatic presidency — both as it really happened and as it is remembered in the American consciousness. Bird will be joined in conversation by T. J. Stiles, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America and The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt.

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Venue

Online
N/A
Portland, OR 97207

Organizer

Phone:
503-228-4651
Website:
powells.com/calendar