McKay Coppins at the Cambridge Public Library


Romney: A Reckoning

in conversation with JANE CLAYSON


October 30, 2023
6:00 PM ET


Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138


$0.00 (Free RSVP Required) $34.53 (book included)

Harvard Book Store welcomes MCKAY COPPINS—staff writer at The Atlantic—for a discussion of his new book Romney: A Reckoning. He will be joined in conversation by award-winning journalist JANE CLAYSON.


RSVP for free to this event or choose the "Book-Included" ticket to reserve a copy of the book and pick it up at the event. MCKAY COPPINS will sign copies of his new book at the event.


About Romney: A Reckoning

Few figures in American politics have seen more and said less than Mitt Romney. An outspoken dissident in Donald Trump’s GOP, he has made headlines in recent years for standing alone against the forces he believes are poisoning the party he once led. Romney was the first senator in history to vote to remove from office a president of his own party. When that president’s supporters went on to storm the US Capitol, Romney delivered a thundering speech from the Senate floor accusing his fellow Republicans of stoking insurrection. Despite these moments of public courage, Romney has shared very little about what he’s witnessed behind the scenes over his three decades in politics—in GOP cloakrooms and caucus lunches, in his private meetings with Donald Trump and his family, in his dealings with John McCain, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Mitch McConnell, Joe Manchin, and Kyrsten Sinema. Now, exclusively for this biography, Romney has provided a window to his most private thoughts.

Based on dozens of interviews with Romney, his family, and his inner circle as well as hundreds of pages of his personal journals and private emails, this in-depth portrait by award-winning journalist McKay Coppins shows a public servant authentically wrestling with the choices he has made over his career. In lively, revelatory detail, the book traces Romney’s early life and rise through the ranks of a fast-transforming Republican Party and exposes how a trail of seemingly small compromises by political leaders has led to a crisis in democracy. Ultimately, Romney: A Reckoning is a redemptive story about a flawed politician who summoned his moral courage just as fear and divisiveness were overtaking American life.

Praise for Romney: A Reckoning

“Remarkable. Tapping hours of interviews and access to Mitt Romney’s private journals—and revealing a captivating array of insider moments—author McKay Coppins compellingly portrays a man wrestling with his conscience as he tries to do what’s right.” —Susan Page, Washington Bureau chief at USA Today and author of Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power

“An extraordinary biography. Much of the fun comes from eavesdropping on the shameless things the political class is apt to say behind closed doors. The chance to inhabit those rooms is frequently as entertaining as it is depressing.” —Mark Leibovich, author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers This Town and Thank You for Your Servitude

“As the emerging Edward Gibbon of American conservatism, McKay Coppins has written an important, vivid, and memorable portrait of that rare Republican soul who has had the courage to choose the difficult over the easy path in our tumultuous age. Mitt Romney is not perfect, but he has put principle above the strictly partisan in hours when virtually no one else had the wherewithal to do so. This is an essential book for our times.” —Jon Meacham, author of the New York Times bestsellers And There Was Light and The Soul of America

“McKay Coppins is a superb reporter and a first-class thinker…With this book he comes forward as a first-class biographer, too.” —Peggy Noonan, Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary

Mask Policy

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Jane Clayson
Jane Clayson

Jane Clayson

Jane Clayson is an award-winning, veteran journalist with 30 years experience in network television news and public radio. She traveled the world as a correspondent at ABC News and hosted the network morning program at CBS News. For the last 18 years, she’s been a consistent and trusted radio host on WBUR. You can hear her regularly on Here & Now, nationally syndicated by NPR. Jane has authored two best-selling books. Her latest, Silent Souls Weeping, details her experience with clinical depression. She is a popular speaker and advocate for mental health education. Jane also advises non-profit organizations and is a new trustee at the United States Naval Institute Foundation.

McKay Coppins
McKay Coppins

McKay Coppins

McKay Coppins is a staff writer at The Atlantic where he covers national politics, religion, and the media. He is the author of The Wilderness, a book about the battle over the future of the Republican Party, and he has been a visiting fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics. In 2019, he won the Aldo Beckman Award from the White House Correspondents Association for his coverage of the Trump presidency; in 2021, he received the Wilbur Award for religion journalism. He lives near Washington, DC, with his wife and children.



Cambridge Public Library
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