On October 18 at 5:30 p.m., John Dickerson will deliver the J. Harvie Wilkinson, Jr. Lecture entitled “Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History.”
Face the Nation moderator and Slate columnist John Dickerson presents the stories behind the stories of the most memorable moments in American presidential campaign history. In his latest book, Whistlestop, Dickerson tells the human story of nervous gambits hatched in first-floor hotel rooms, failures of will before the microphone, and the cross-country crack-ups of long-planned stratagems. At the bar at the end of a campaign day, these are the tales reporters rehash for themselves and embellish for newcomers. Whistlestop also remembers the forgotten stories about the bruising and reckless campaigns of the nineteenth century when the combatants believed the consequences included the fate of the republic itself. Some of the most modern-feeling elements of the American presidential campaign were born before the roads were paved and electric lights lit the convention halls-or there were convention halls at all.
John Dickerson is moderator of CBS News’ Face the Nation and political director of CBS News and a columnist for Slate magazine. He has been a reporter in Washington for almost twenty years covering the White House, Congress, and political campaigns. Dickerson is a co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest as well as the host of "Whistlestop," a podcast of campaign history. He is the author of On Her Trail, a book about his mother, Nancy Dickerson, CBS News’ first female correspondent, and Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History.
A light reception and book signing will take place at the Virginia Historical Society following the lecture.