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politics | Mar 13th, 2018

“A clear-eyed take on how liberal democracy fell.” Rave Reviews for Yascha Mounk’s The People vs. Democracy Are Already Rolling In

It’s only been out for a week, but already The Guardian, The New Yorker, Kirkus, and more are lauding Yascha Mounk’s The People vs. Democracy—an incisive analysis on why and how liberal democracy has broken, and what can be done to fix it— as one of the most important reads of the year. And even... Continue Reading →
politics | Feb 16th, 2017

“He’s Created His Own Ecosystem.” The Lavin Interview with Mark Leibovich: On Trump and Political Disruption

Mark Leibovich’s trenchant take on the elite world of Washington politics—the major and minor players, the whole gilded institution—has earned him the #1 spot on the bestseller list (for This Town) and won him praise as “the reigning master of the political profile” (Washingtonian magazine). One of... Continue Reading →
politics | Dec 16th, 2016

The Definitive Book on the Islamic State: Graeme Wood’s The Way of the Strangers Arrives Next Week

Graeme Wood’s The Way of the Strangers—a gripping and myth-busting study of ISIS—hits shelves next week. Wood’s full-length expose follows his electrifying Atlantic article “What ISIS Really Wants”: a key text to understanding the theology, psychology, and strategy of the Islamic State. Wood’s... Continue Reading →
politics | Dec 6th, 2016

What Does ISIS Really Want? Ask Our Newest Speaker, The Atlantic’s Graeme Wood

Graeme Wood’s Atlantic cover story “What ISIS Really Wants” was the most-read article on the Internet—the entire Internet—in 2015. In it, he delves deep into a group few of us truly understand. And in his keynotes, he asks—and answers—vital questions. What does ISIS actually want? Who are they? And... Continue Reading →
politics | Aug 2nd, 2016

Trump Roundup: Ali, Fallows, & Francis

The Donald Trump-Ghazala Khan saga has evolved once again. Khan, the mother of slain U.S. military captain Humayun Khan, came under fire from Trump after remaining silent while her husband spoke at last week’s Democratic National Convention. “If you look at his wife, she was standing there,” Trump... Continue Reading →
politics | Jun 22nd, 2016

Mark Leibovich’s NYT Magazine Cover Story on the GOP Identity Crisis

What does Donald Trump’s campaign—both highly public and decidedly unconventional—mean for the party he represents? Will the GOP become inextricably tied to Trump’s manner and viewpoints, win or lose? Two Lavin speakers have recently written high-profile pieces on Trump and the fate of the... Continue Reading →
politics | Apr 27th, 2016

Clinton, Trump Winning Same States for Different Reasons: Derek Thompson in The Atlantic

In this morning’s Atlantic, senior editor Derek Thompson reveals a curious trend in the presidential primaries: where Hillary Clinton is winning, so is Donald Trump. Despite heavy losses west of the Mississippi, both candidates have won a stretch of 15 contiguous states—from Louisiana along the Gulf... Continue Reading →
politics | Nov 1st, 2015

#AskASpeaker #3: Twitter Q&A with John Ibbitson

Last Thursday, October 29th saw our third #AskASpeaker Twitter Q&A! Our guest this week was political expert John Ibbitson: author of Stephen Harper: A Biography (2015), the bestselling The Big Shift (2013), and other essential books on the Canadian political landscape. As The Globe and Mail’s... Continue Reading →
politics | Aug 18th, 2015

Understanding the PM: John Ibbitson’s Stephen Harper Reviewed & Profiled

Political authority John Ibbitson’s latest book, Stephen Harper: A Biography, has rocketed to the centre of the Canadian political conversation. A high-profile review in The Globe and Mail and an interview with CBC’s The Current shed some light on a book that captures our 22nd Prime Minister in ways... Continue Reading →
politics | Aug 4th, 2015

Mark Leibovich Profiles Hillary Clinton in The New York Times Magazine

In the NYT Mag’s “Re-Re-Re-Introducing Hillary Clinton,” bestselling author Mark Leibovich has written an intimate portrait of the Democratic presidential nominee. The piece is not only a candid snapshot of a veteran politician wading into the media spotlight, but one attempting to banish her... Continue Reading →
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