Upcoming Event

Steve Kornacki

presents

The Red and the Blue:
The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism

in conversation with JON KELLER

Pre-sale tickets (book included) on sale Aug 30
General entrance tickets on sale Sep 13 at
9am

This event includes a book signing

Date

Oct
11
Thursday
October 11, 2018
6:00 PM
(Doors at 5:30)

Location

Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

$32.00 (book included) - On Sale August 30, 2018 $6.00 (general entrance) - On Sale September 13, 2018

Harvard Book Store welcomes national political correspondent STEVE KORNACKI for a discussion of his debut book, The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism. He will be joined in conversation by JON KELLER, political analyst for WBZ-TV.

About The Red and the Blue

In The Red and the Blue, cable news star and acclaimed journalist Steve Kornacki follows the twin paths of Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich, two larger-than-life politicians who exploited the weakened structure of their respective parties to attain the highest offices. For Clinton, that meant contorting himself around the various factions of the Democratic party to win the presidency. Gingrich employed a scorched-earth strategy to upend the permanent Republican minority in the House, making him Speaker. 

The Clinton/Gingrich battles were bare-knuckled brawls that brought about massive policy shifts and high-stakes showdowns—their collisions had far-reaching political consequences. But the ’90s were not just about them.  Kornacki writes about Mario Cuomo’s stubborn presence around Clinton’s 1992 campaign; Hillary Clinton’s star turn during the 1998 midterms, seeding the idea for her own candidacy; Ross Perot’s wild run in 1992 that inspired him to launch the Reform Party, giving Donald Trump his first taste of electoral politics in 1999; and many others. 

With novelistic prose and a clear sense of history, Steve Kornacki masterfully weaves together the various elements of this rambunctious and hugely impactful era in American history, whose effects set the stage for our current political landscape.

Praise

“Steve Kornacki is America’s gift to election years. His new book, The Red and the Blue, is every political fan’s playbook about how we got here and where we’re going. I loved it.” —Tom Brokaw

“An insightful, learned, and thought-provoking theory that the political tribalism of the moment is rooted in the worlds of Gingrich and of the Clintons, and the first days of the political-entertainment complex. This is an illuminating argument from a master political journalist and analyst.” —Jon Meacham

“Steve Kornacki brings to The Red and the Blue the same intensity, rigorous reporting and incisive analysis that captivate his television audiences. This book sucked us right in and taught us something new about politics on every page.” —Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes

Jon Keller
Jon Keller

Jon Keller

Jon Keller is Political Analyst for WBZ-TV News. Previous credits include op-ed columnist for The Boston Globe, chief political reporter for The Boston Phoenix, and reporter, columnist, and editor for The Tab Newspapers. His freelance writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New Republic, the Chicago Tribune, and other publications. Jon has been honored with ten New England Emmy Awards for commentary and reporting and was named “Best TV Political Analyst” twice in Boston Magazine’s annual “Best of Boston” issue.

Steve Kornacki
Steve Kornacki

Steve Kornacki

Steve Kornacki is a national political correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. His work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Roll Call, and the New York Times, among others. The Red and the Blue is his first book.

Tickets are available online only at harvard.com and harvardbookstore.eventbrite.com. All tickets for this event include a $5 coupon for use in the bookstore. Pre-sale tickets include a copy of The Red and the Blue. Books bundled with pre-sale tickets may only be picked up at the venue the night of the event, and cannot be picked up in-store beforehand.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-returnable.

Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138

Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 10 minutes

As you exit the station, cross Mass. Ave. and proceed along Brattle St. Follow Brattle St. as it curves to the right in Brattle Square (follow the sidewalk on the right side of the street). The Brattle will be on the left-hand side of the street. The building is shared with Algiers Cafe and Alden & Harlow Restaurant, and the theatre entrance is on the left side of the building—look for the sidewalk poster case and marquee.

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