delighted to welcome one of America's premiere
political analysts and historians to the Athenaeum.
Michael Barone, co-editor of The Almanac of American
Politics (1972) and author of Our Country: The Shaping of America
from Roosevelt to Reagan (1990), will speak as the second
participant in the centers' series on "The Common
Good: Unifying Elements in the American Experience."
Formerly an editorial writer and columnist at The
Washington Post and currently a senior writer at U.S.
News and World Report, Barone has been a close observer
of American political life in and out of Washington.
Indeed, he is expert at relating goings-on within the
Beltway to the broader political culture of American
hometowns and local communities. His vast appreciation of this link is displayed biannually in editions of The
Almanac of American Politics, perhaps the best-selling and
most useful guide to who's who in our national
Barone's new book, Our Country, argues that ethnicity-not class or other factors-has been the key to
the course of American politics from Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal to the Reagan Revolution. The book is a
mine of political information, telling anecdotes, and
acute interpretations. Please take this chance to become
better acquainted with "our country" by joining us for
what is sure to be a masterly talk at 7:00 p.m., preceded
by a reception at 5:30 and dinner at 6:00.