Time Columnist Joe Klein Talks Politics Nov. 27

Posted: November 2, 2006

Joe Klein, one of America's best political journalists, known for his provocative and probing analysis of events in our nation's capital and abroad, will speak on "Inside Washington: American Politics and the Politicians" at 7:30 pm, Monday, November 27, at Mount Holyoke.

The talk will take place at Hooker Auditorium in Clapp Laboratory. It is free, open to the public, and accessible to all. Priscilla Painton '80, executive editor at Time, will introduce her colleague. Painton is teaching a journalism course on campus this fall.

A former Washington correspondent for the New Yorker--where he wrote penetrating profiles of such political luminaries as John McCain, John Kerry, and Tony Blair--Klein is a senior writer at Time. His weekly column, "In the Arena," covers national and international affairs, from Washington to Europe and the Middle East. A self-described "political junkie" with a passion for public policy, Klein shares his views as America and its leaders face crucial decisions that will affect our lives and the course of international relations. In 2004 he won the National Headliner Award for best magazine column.

Klein appears frequently on Meet the Press and The Chris Matthews Show. He was a regular contributor to Paula Zahn Now on CNN, providing political analysis during the last presidential campaign. A veteran of eight presidential campaigns, he has been praised for his "dogged reporting, a thorough, subtle grasp of issues, and a clear-eyed, compelling style."

As "Anonymous," Klein wrote the number one bestseller, Primary Colors, inspired by the 1992 presidential race. The New York Times Book Review called it "one of the best political novels to appear in the latter half of the twentieth century." With three million copies in print, Primary Colors was on the New York Times bestsellers list for 25 consecutive weeks. It was adapted into a major motion picture starring John Travolta and Emma Thompson.

His follow-up novel, The Running Mate, was an entertaining, behind-the-scenes look at contemporary politics and, as Klein put it, "the difficulties of being a politician and a human being at the same time." Klein's nonfiction books are The Natural: The Misunderstood Presidency of Bill Clinton (a New York Times bestseller), Payback: Five Marines After Vietnam, and Woody Guthrie: A Life.

Klein's latest book, Politics Lost: How American Politics Was Trivialized By People Who Think You're Stupid, is a brilliant dissection of American politics. The Washington Post called it "a highly entertaining tour of how political consultants progressively hijacked the presidential campaigns of the last 40 years."

Klein won a National Headliner Award for his Newsweek column, "Public Lives." He has been a consultant for CBS News, a Washington bureau chief at Rolling Stone, and a political columnist for New York Magazine, where he won a Washington Monthly Journalism Award for a cover story on race. His articles have appeared in the New Republic, the New York Times, Life, and the Washington Post. He is a former Guggenheim Fellow and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

The event is sponsored by the English department and the Office of the President.

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