An Evening With Mark Updegrove

Nov 16, 2017

Thursday, Nov. 16
6 p.m.
LBJ Auditorium

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Friends of the LBJ Library members are invited to join us for an evening with Mark K. Updegrove, who will be speaking about his new book The Last Republicans: Inside the Extraordinary Relationship Between George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. Journalist and political commentator John Avlon will moderate the conversation.

About Updegrove & Avlon
Mark K. Updegrove is a presidential historian, author, and the former director of the LBJ Presidential Library. In March 2017, he became the CEO of the new National Medal of Honor Museum, to be built along the harbor in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. His new book, The Last Republicans, draws on exclusive access and interviews with both presidents and the key people in their lives to present a portrait of George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush that explores their relationship as presidents and as father and son. Updegrove also reveals the Bushes' views on the current state of the nation and the GOP, and how the party they both led and helped build is undergoing a radical transformation.

John Avlon is the editor-in-chief and managing director of The Daily Beast and a CNN political analyst. He is the author of Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics; Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America; and, Washington's Farewell: The Founding Father's Warning to Future Generations.

Book Signing
Prior to the event, The Store at LBJ will host Updegrove for a book signing of The Last Republicans. 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. This program is open to guests who may be admitted for a fee of $10 per person (to be paid at check-in). Please account for your guest when you RSVP.

Please 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. Free parking is available in the Library visitors' lot (#38), and lots #37 and #39. Overflow parking will be in Manor Garage on a self-pay, space available basis.

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

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Sarah McCracken
Director of Public Programs
LBJ Presidential Library
2313 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78705
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Deborah Arronge
Membership Manager

LBJ Presidential Library
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(512) 721-0198


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