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Lectures & Conversations
The Candidate: What it Takes to Win—and Hold—The White House
Collaborative Programs
Word for Word Non-Fiction at the Bryant Park Reading Room
Samuel L. Popkin
Wed, August 15th, 2012 | 8:00 pm


Due to the expected inclement weather, this program will be held at The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, 20 West 44th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues). Please note that not all rooms in The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen are handicapped accessible. We apologize for the inconvenience.



In collaboration with the New-York Historical Society and Oxford University Press, the Bryant Park Reading Room presents a series of lectures on popular topics to stimulate your mind, including Civil War history, politics, biography and the economy. Drawing on a lifetime of presidential campaign experience, Samuel L. Popkin examines the surprising mistakes and the predictable miscues to reveal what goes on inside a campaign and what makes one candidate succeed while another fails.

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Samuel L. Popkin, author of The Candidate: What it Takes to Win - and Hold - The White House, is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. He has been a consulting analyst in presidential campaigns, serving as consultant to the Clinton campaign on polling and strategy, to the CBS News election units from 1983 to 1990 on survey design and analysis, and more recently to the Gore campaign.



Free Admission. No advance reservation is required. First come, first served.


This program is produced in partnership with the Bryant Park Corporation and Oxford University Press.

Creative: Tronvig Group