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The Ivy is thrilled to welcome Susan Page for a reading and conversation about her new book Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power. Susan will be joined by host of WYPR's On the Record, Sheilah Kast. This event will take place on Zoom.
The definitive biography of Nancy Pelosi, the most powerful woman in American political history, written by New York Times bestselling author and USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page.
Featuring more than 150 exclusive interviews with those who know her best—and a series of in-depth, news-making interviews with Pelosi herself—MADAM SPEAKER is unprecedented in the scope of its exploration of Nancy Pelosi’s remarkable life and of her indelible impact on American politics.
Before she was Nancy Pelosi, she was Nancy D’Alesandro. Her father was a big-city mayor and her mother his political organizer; when she encouraged her young daughter to become a nun, Nancy told her mother that being a priest sounded more appealing. She didn’t begin running for office until she was forty-six years old, her five children mostly out of the nest. With that, she found her calling.
Nancy Pelosi has lived on the cutting edge of the revolution in both women’s roles and in the nation’s movement to a fiercer and more polarized politics. She has established herself as a crucial friend or formidable foe to U.S. presidents, a master legislator, and an indefatigable political warrior. She took on the Democratic establishment to become the first female Speaker of the House, then battled rivals on the left and right to consolidate her power. She has soared in the sharp-edged inside game of politics, though she has struggled in the outside game—demonized by conservatives, second-guessed by progressives, and routinely underestimated by nearly everyone.
All of this was preparation for the most historic challenge she would ever face, at a time she had been privately planning her retirement. When Donald Trump was elected to the White House, Nancy Pelosi became the Democratic counterpart best able to stand up to the disruptive president and to get under his skin. The battle between Trump and Pelosi, chronicled in this book with behind-the-scenes details and revelations, stands to be the titanic political struggle of our time.
Susan Page is the award-winning Washington Bureau chief of USA Today, where she writes about politics and the White House. Susan has covered seven White House administrations and eleven presidential elections. She has interviewed the past ten presidents and reported from six continents and dozens of foreign countries. In 2020, she moderated the vice presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris. Her first book, The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty, was an instant New York Times bestseller. She lives in Washington, D.C.
As host of On the Record, her daily show on WYPR 88.1 FM public radio, Sheilah Kast asks community leaders, authors, artists, politicians and other interesting people why they do what they do, and what it means for her listeners. Her entire career has been asking people questions—first as a reporter at The Washington Star, and then at ABC News, where she covered the White House, the Congress and the economy. She was the ABC News correspondent on the ground in Moscow in August 1991 in the first hours of the coup that signaled the end of the Soviet empire. She has also reported for NPR and CNN. Ms. Kast has launched and hosted two interview shows on public television–one in association with BusinessWeek, one with AARP. She serves on the boards of the Mental Health Association of Maryland, the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and the American News Women’s Club in Washington.
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Thursday, July 22, 2021 - 7:00pm