Invitation: Book Discussion– The Last Great Senate: Courage and Statesmanship in Times of Crisis

The Program on America and the Global Economy Presents a Book Discussion:

 The Last Great Senate:

Courage and Statesmanship in Times of Crisis

 Thursday March 1, 2012  4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

5th Floor Conference Room, Woodrow Wilson Center


  Ira Shapiro, Greenberg Traurig and Author, The Last Great Senate


Janet Hook, Congress Reporter, Wall Street Journal


 In The Last Great Senate Ira Shapiro describes how Senators of the 1960s and ’70s overcame southern opposition to civil rights, passed Great Society legislation, and battled the executive branch on Vietnam, Watergate, and its abuses of power. The right’s sweep of the 1980 elections shattered that Senate, leaving a diminished institution in its wake.

Shapiro spent 12 years working for Senators Gaylord Nelson, Abraham Ribicoff, Thomas Eagleton, Robert Byrd, and Jay Rockefeller. The Last Great Senate is his vivid portrait of the statesmen who helped steer America during the crisis years of the late 1970s, transcending partisanship and overcoming procedural roadblocks that have all but strangled the Senate since their departure.


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