Timothy McNulty and Brendan McNulty - The Meanest Man in Congress

Timothy McNulty and Brendan McNulty - The Meanest Man in Congress

Monday, Nov 04, 2019 7:00 PM

Location:
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library
441 John Lewis Freedom Parkway NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

One of the most influential congressmen you've never heard of finally gets his due in this biography. Co-authors Timothy McNulty and Brendan McNulty will discuss and sign copies of "The Meanest Man in Congress: Jack Brooks and the Making of an American Century." They will be in conversation with former White House speechwriter Hendrik Herzberg at this Carter Library event.

About the Book

A native of Beaumont, Texas, and a World War II veteran, Jack Brooks represented Texas's Ninth District for forty-two years in the U.S. Congress. One of the most influential congressmen you've never heard of, the indefatigable Brooks is finally getting his due in this first full biography. "The Meanest Man in Congress" chronicles in fascinating detail not only a remarkable lawmaker's career—spanning the tenures of ten U.S. presidents—but also the epic sweep of American history in the latter half of the twentieth century, from the Kennedy assassination to the Iran-Contra affair. Packed with anecdotes based on Brooks's personal correspondence, interviews with his peers and family members, and more, this meticulously researched biography traces the incredible life and times of a true public servant, a man who applied his tenacious will to practical, across-the-aisle governance for the good of his constituents and his country. At a time when Brooks's brand of selfless service is in short supply and American politics has become a zero-sum game, distinguished authors Timothy McNulty and Brendan McNulty bring into high relief the character of a man who knew how to compromise and bargain, negotiate and cooperate to get things done.

About the Authors

Timothy McNulty's long career in journalism includes stints as a national, foreign and White House correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. He later became the newspaper's associate managing editor and public editor. Before retiring, he taught at the University of Chicago and at Northwestern University's Medill School, where he co-directed the National Security Journalism Initiative. He holds degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He currently lives in Durham, N.C.

Brendan McNulty's interest in politics began during a Capitol Hill internship with Representative Robert Matsui and writing for the Democratic National Committee during the 2004 presidential campaign. With degrees from IE Business School in Madrid and the University of Virginia, he has written papers and journal articles on topics from street crime in Chicago to education and behavioral studies in Haiti and other developing countries. He works for the World Bank in Washington, D.C.