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In 1946, 6-year-old Patrick Leahy got his first taste of politics after riding his tricycle into the Vermont governor’s office. Twenty-eight years later he became the first Democrat and youngest person ever elected to the United States Senate from Vermont. Today, he is the Senate’s most-senior member and president pro tempore.
Drawing on his new memoir, The Road Taken, Leahy recalls pivotal moments in our nation’s history, from the post-Watergate reform era to ground-breaking Supreme Court confirmations and stress tests like 9/11, the war in Iraq, January 6, and Donald Trump’s impeachment trials. He evokes characters who would shape American politics, including every president since Gerald Ford, a young Ted Kennedy, a thirty-three-year-old son of Scranton named Joe Biden, a scrappy newcomer named Bernie Sanders, and a gym mate named Barack Obama. Leahy describes the rise, gradual decline, and push for redemption of a United States Senate that he learned at an early age can be the “nation’s conscience.”
The Road Taken (Simon & Schuster) is available for purchase.
Book Sale Information
- Purchase your copy of The Road Taken by Patrick Leahy here.
- SPECIAL NOTE: Politics and Prose is offering a 10% discount to Smithsonian Associates ticket-holders. To claim your discount, enter the code SPECIAL10 (no space between letters and numbers) in the “Coupon discount” section on Politics and Prose's check-out page.
- For In-Person Program Patrons: The featured book will be available to purchase at the program.