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John Lawrence, Arc of Power: Inside Nancy Pelosi's Speakership, 2005-2010
John Lawrence, Arc of Power: Inside Nancy Pelosi's Speakership, 2005-2010

Tue, Jan 10


Collected Works Bookstore

John Lawrence, Arc of Power: Inside Nancy Pelosi's Speakership, 2005-2010

Nancy Pelosi is both the first woman Speaker & longest-serving House leader in either party. Drawing from his thousands of pages of notes written while serving as chief of staff to Speaker of House Pelosi, Lawrence has written a narrative documenting his insider perspective from 2005-2010.

Date, Time & Location

Jan 10, 2023, 6:00 PM MST

Collected Works Bookstore, 202 Galisteo St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA

About the Event

This event is co-sponsored by Global Santa Fe. John Lawrence will be in conversation with Global Santa Fe's Program Chair, Jim Falk.

This will be an in-store presentation and we will also live stream the evening on Zoom, please register to watch here.

Purchase Arc of Power online here or call the store to order.

The momentous years between 2005 and 2010 included furious political and legislative battles over the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the economic recession, the 2008 presidential election, the productive first two years of Barack Obama’s presidency, as well as many key legislative products, such as the Troubled Assets Relief Program, the Affordable Care Act, and Wall Street reform.

Lawrence’s unique observations provide an unparalleled look at the interpersonal relationships of major political leaders and institutions and give readers a first-hand perspective of this significant period in political history. Utilizing more than 9,000 pages of transcribed notes from hundreds of conversations between top congressional and administration officials, readers can enter the room and experience the discussions of the key participants in real time.

Arc of Power provides a valuable account of the strategies, machinations, and challenges of congressional leaders as they gain, exercise, and lose power. Utilizing the voices of the men and women involved in the often—but not always—partisan clashes, this book examines the role of personalities, factions, parties, and political institutions in the formulation of national policy on key issues. Lawrence artfully demonstrates the challenges presented by intraparty factional disagreements when writing complex legislation and illustrates the institutional tensions between the House and Senate, and Congress and the White House, when the government is unified under one party or divided.

Lawrence offers valuable insights into the differing and often conflicting role played by the House and Senate given their design and composition, and shows how even a House led by powerful individuals is frequently undercut by the Senate, and how that weakness especially impacts the political power of minority populations.

About the Author

John A. Lawrence is visiting professor at the University of California, Washington Center.

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