On April 13, 2021, join the LBJ Presidential Library, Humanities Texas, and the White House Historical Society for an evening with Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty, speaking on the release of her new book, The Triumph of Nancy Reagan, the definitive biography of the fiercely vigilant and politically astute First Lady who shaped one of the most consequential presidencies of the twentieth century. First Lady scholar Anita McBride will moderate the conversation.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
7:00 p.m. CT
This virtual event is free and open to the public.
Please register online to attend. A link to view will be emailed to registrants earlier on the day of the program.
NOTE: The moderator will not be taking live questions during the program, but you can submit your questions in advance as part of the registration process.
Karen Tumulty is a political columnist for The Washington Post. Before joining the Post, she wrote for Time magazine for over fifteen years. Tumulty—now based in Washington, DC—is a native of San Antonio, where she began her career at the now-defunct San Antonio Light. She holds a bachelor of journalism from The University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
The made-in-Hollywood marriage of Ronald and Nancy Reagan is more than a love story—it is the partnership that made him president. Of the pair, Nancy was the one with the sharper instincts about people, the superior radar for trouble, and the keen sense of how to secure Ronald Reagan's place in history. The only person to whom Ronald Reagan felt truly close, Nancy understood how to foster his strengths and compensate for his weaknesses. Neither timid nor apologetic about wielding her power, Nancy Reagan made herself a place in history.
Karen Tumulty spent four years interviewing the people who knew this couple best and draws on overlooked archives, letters, memoirs, and White House records, compiling the most extensive biography of Nancy Reagan yet. From the AIDS epidemic to tensions with the Soviets and the war on drugs, this book shows how Nancy Reagan became one of the most influential First Ladies of the century.
Anita McBride is executive-in-residence at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies in the School of Public Affairs at American University where she directs the Legacies of America’s First Ladies Initiative. McBride's White House service spans two decades and three presidential administrations including as Chief of Staff to First Lady Laura Bush.
Copies of The Triumph of Nancy Reagan with a signed bookplate are available for sale from The Store at LBJ. All proceeds from The Store at LBJ benefit the programming, education initiatives, and exhibits at the LBJ Presidential Library.
This program is presented in partnership with the LBJ Presidential Library. The Evening With speaker series is generously sponsored by St. David's HealthCare and the Moody Foundation.