Senator Sherrod Brown: Desk 88 (A Union League Club Event)

The Union League Club presents a virtual event with Senator Sherrod Brown, the author of Desk 88: Eight Progressive Senators Who Changed America. This is a ticketed event. Tickets and more information HERE.

About the Book:

Since his election to the U.S. Senate in 2006, Ohio's Sherrod Brown has sat on the Senate floor at a mahogany desk with a proud history. In Desk 88, he tells the story of eight of the Senators who were there before him. Despite their flaws and frequent setbacks, each made a decisive contribution to the creation of a more just America. They range from Hugo Black, who helped to lift millions of American workers out of poverty, to Robert F. Kennedy, whose eyes were opened by an undernourished Mississippi child and who then spent the rest of his life afflicting the comfortable. Brown revives forgotten figures such as Idaho's Glen Taylor, a singing cowboy who taught himself economics and stood up to segregationists, and offers new insights into George McGovern, who fought to feed the poor around the world even amid personal and political calamities. He also writes about Herbert Lehman of New York, Al Gore Sr. of Tennessee, Theodore Francis Green of Rhode Island, and William Proxmire of Wisconsin.Together, these eight portraits in political courage tell a story about the triumphs and failures of the Progressive idea over the past century: in the 1930s and 1960s, and more intermittently since, politicians and the public have successfully fought against entrenched special interests and advanced the cause of economic or racial fairness. Today, these advances are in peril as employers shed their responsibilities to employees and communities, and a U.S. president gives cover to bigotry. But the Progressive idea is not dead. Recalling his own career, Brown dramatizes the hard work and high ideals required to renew the social contract and create a new era in which Americans of all backgrounds can know the "Dignity of Work."

"Perhaps the most imaginative book to emerge from the Senate since Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts produced Profiles in Courage". --David M. Shribman, The Boston Globe

"Sherrod Brown's day job as a U.S. Senator provides incentives and occasions for thinking about eight men who shared many of his progressive views and the desk at which he now advocates them. Such is his infectious enthusiasm for his predecessors, you do not need to share his politics in order to enjoy his story of the continuity he feels with the men who sat where he sits.". --George F. Will, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of A Nice Little Place on the North Side

"In Desk 88, Sherrod Brown, a formidable writer as well as a formidable fighter for a more just America, presents the stories of eight progressive senators in riveting, entertaining, and deeply moving detail. This book is political history at its best--we come to understand his subjects' triumphs, failures, ambiguities, and inner lives with an intimacy that perhaps only a fellow senator can provide." --Martin Sheen

About the Author: 

Sherrod Brown, Ohio's senior U.S. senator, has dedicated his life in public service to fighting for what he calls "the dignity of work"--the belief that hard work should pay off for everyone. He resides in Cleveland with his wife, Connie Schultz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author. They are blessed with a growing family, including three daughters, a son, and seven grandchildren.



 

Event date: 

Friday, November 6, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Event address: 

Online Zoom event!
Desk 88: Eight Progressive Senators Who Changed America Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781250758101
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Picador - September 15th, 2020

Since his election to the U.S. Senate in 2006, Ohio’s Sherrod Brown has sat on the Senate floor at a mahogany desk with a proud history. In Desk 88, he tells the story of eight of the Senators who were there before him.