Meet John Lawrence
- May 24, 2018
The author of The Class of '74: Congress after Watergate and the Roots of Partisanship comes to DC on Tues., May 29th, at 6:30PM.
Join us for a book talk and discussion with John Lawrence, author of The Class of '74: Congress After Watergate and The Roots of Partisanship. In November 1974, following the historic Watergate scandal, Americans went to the polls determined to cleanse American politics. Instead of producing the Republican majority foreshadowed by Richard Nixon’s 1972 landslide, dozens of GOP legislators were swept out of the House, replaced by 76 reforming Democratic freshmen. In The Class of '74, Lawrence examines how these newly elected representatives bucked the status quo in Washington, helping to effectuate unprecedented reforms. Lawrence’s long-standing work in Congress afforded him unique access to former members, staff, House officers, journalists, and others, enabling him to challenge the time-honored reputation of the Class as idealistic, narcissistic, and naïve "Watergate Babies." Their observations help reshape our understanding of the Class and of a changing Congress through frank, humorous, and insightful opinions.
At East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, Washington, DC. Click here for info.