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Center for American Progress

ADVISORY: The Last Great Senate Courage and Statesmanship in Times of Crisis
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ADVISORY: The Last Great Senate Courage and Statesmanship in Times of Crisis

Washington D.C.-  On Tuesday, February 14 the Center for American Progress will host aurthor Ira Shapiro to discuss his book The Last Great Senate which draws from historical documents, first-hand recollections, and interviews with dozens of former senators, staffers, and Carter administration officials. What emerges throughout the book is a portrait of a Senate that, for a short period of time, came as close to fulfilling the vision of the Founding Fathers as it ever has in our history.

Shapiro brings to life the main characters on the Senate’s stage—Robert Byrd, Howard Baker, Ted Kennedy, Jacob Javits, Henry Jackson, Ted Stevens, Ed Muskie, Richard Lugar, George McGovern, Bob Dole, and Russell Long. These men—whatever their human foibles—were all passionate and serious about their work and service to the country. Shapiro captures their conversations, debates, beliefs, and machinations, offering a fascinating and illuminating look into how work is really done on Capitol Hill.

Please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion on this new book.

Copies of The Last Great Senate will be available for purchase at the event.


Featured author:
Ira Shapiro, author, The Last Great Senate

Moderated by:
John Podesta, Chair, Center for American Progress


February 14, 2012,
12:00pm – 1:00pm
A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.


Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC 20005

Map & Directions
Nearest Metro: Blue/Orange Line to McPherson Square or Red Line to Metro Center


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For more information, contact Madeline Meth at [email protected] or 202.741.6277