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An Evening With Jake Tapper

May 30, 2018

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
6 p.m.
LBJ Auditorium

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Friends members are invited to join us for a conversation with author and journalist Jake Tapper, speaking in conversation with Mark K. Updegrove, president and CEO of the LBJ Foundation, about his debut political thriller, The Hellfire Club (to be released April 24, 2018). There will be a reception in the Great Hall following the program.

About the Author
CNN anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper joined the network in January 2013. The Lead with Jake Tapper, his one-hour weekday program, debuted in March 2013. Tapper was named host of the network's Sunday morning show, State of the Union, in June 2015. He has been a widely respected reporter in the nation's capital for more than 14 years. His previous book, The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, debuted in the top 10 on the New York Times bestsellers list.

About the Book
Tapper's protagonist, Charlie Marder, isn't your typical politician. A decorated war veteran turned academic, he has a strong moral compass and considers himself to be a man of his word. Thrust into the unlikely position of congressman, he is written off by his colleagues as naive and uninformed. He struggles to find his footing in the underbelly of DC, where deals are made not just on Capitol Hill but at glamorous Georgetown townhomes, at secret society meetings, and in backroom negotiations. A mysterious fatal car accident finds the reluctant congressman at the center of a conspiracy theory that reaches the highest offices of the government. Charlie will not only have to fight to save his marriage, his principles, and his newfound career-but also for his life.

Set in 1950s Washington, DC, figures such as John F. Kennedy, Senator Joe McCarthy, President Eisenhower, and Lyndon Johnson appear as key characters in the novel.

Book signing
Prior to the event, The Store at LBJ will host Tapper for a book signing of The Hellfire Club. Book sales and signing will be held in the upper auditorium lobby from 5-5:45 p.m. Proceeds benefit the LBJ Presidential Library.

To RSVP
Friends members at the Individual and above level may make reservations. Seating is limited, and reservations are required and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Members may bring a guest for a fee of $20 per person, payable at the door in cash. Please account for your guest when you RSVP. Email your RSVP to [email protected].

Location and Parking
The LBJ Auditorium is located on the lower level of the LBJ complex at 2313 Red River. Access to the auditorium will be through the lobby of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Parking details will be posted soon.

The Evening With speaker series is generously sponsored by St. David's HealthCare, the Ford Foundation, the Moody Foundation, and Tito's Handmade Vodka.

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Sarah McCracken
Director of Public Programs
LBJ Presidential Library
2313 Red River St.
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