An Evening With Karen Tumulty*

Apr 13, 2021

Tuesday, April 13, 7:00 p.m. CDT
*Online event

Join us for an evening with Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty, speaking on her new release, The Triumph of Nancy Reagan. First Lady scholar Anita McBride will moderate the conversation. This program is presented in partnership with Humanities Texas and the White House Historical Association.

The program will premiere at 7:00 pm CST on Tuesday, April 13. A link to view will be emailed to registrants earlier that day. We will not be taking comments or questions live— please submit your questions in advance, as part of the registration process, to help streamline the program. We welcome your comments on our Facebook and YouTube channels.

About the speaker:

Karen Tumulty is a political columnist for The Washington Post. Before joining the Post, Tumulty wrote for Time magazine for over 15 years.

Tumulty is a native of San Antonio, where she began her career at the now-defunct San Antonio Light. Tumulty holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She is based in Washington, DC.

Anita McBride is executive-in-residence at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies in the School of Public Affairs at American University where she directs the Legacies of America’s First Ladies Initiative. McBride's White House service spans two decades and three presidential administrations including as Chief of Staff to First Lady Laura Bush.

About the book:

The Triumph of Nancy Reagan (release date April 13) is the definitive biography of the fiercely vigilant and politically astute First Lady who shaped one of the most consequential presidencies of the 20th century: Nancy Reagan.

The made-in-Hollywood marriage of Ronald and Nancy Reagan is more than a love story—it’s the partnership that made him president. Of the pair, Nancy was the one with the sharper instincts about people, the superior radar for trouble, and the keen sense of how to secure his place in history. The only person to whom Ronald Reagan felt truly close, Nancy understood how to foster his strengths and compensate for his weaknesses. Neither timid nor apologetic about wielding her power, Nancy Reagan made herself a place in history.

Karen Tumulty spent four years interviewing the people who knew this couple best and draws on overlooked archives, letters, memoirs, and White House records, compiling the most extensive biography of Nancy Reagan yet. From the AIDS epidemic to tensions with the Soviets and the war on drugs, this book shows how Nancy Reagan became one of the most influential First Ladies of the century.

Copies of The Triumph of Nancy Reagan with a signed bookplate are available for sale from The Store at LBJ. All proceeds from The Store at LBJ benefit the programming, education initiatives, and exhibits at the LBJ Presidential Library.


Please register and submit questions for Karen Tumulty using the form below.

Please note: the LBJ Presidential Library remains closed; this is an online event.



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The Evening With speaker series is generously sponsored by St. David's HealthCare and the Moody Foundation.

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