Please join the Texas Book Festival and the LBJ Presidential Library on the evening of Tuesday, December 1, as we welcome Karl Rove to discuss his forthcoming book, The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters. One of the most seminal elections in history, McKinley’s 1896 victory revitalized the Republican party and established a governing majority that dominated American politics for the next 36 years. Karl Rove will be in conversation with LBJ Presidential Library Director Mark Updegrove about the political climate back then, what lessons both today’s Democrats and Republicans can learn from McKinley, and the current political climate as we near the 2016 presidential election.
Karl Rove served as Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush from 2000–2007 and Deputy Chief of Staff from 2004–2007. He now writes a weekly op-ed for The Wall Street Journal and is a Fox News contributor. Before he became known as “The Architect” of President Bush’s 2000 and 2004 campaigns, Rove was president of Karl Rove + Company, an Austin-based public affairs firm that was involved in over seventy-five campaigns for Republican candidates for president, governor and senator, as well as handling non-partisan causes and non-profit groups.
Prior to the event, The Store at LBJ will host Mr. Rove for a book signing of The Triumph of William McKinley. Book sales will begin at 4:45 p.m. in the upper Auditorium lobby, and he will sign from 5-5:45 p.m. Proceeds benefit the LBJ Presidential Library.
As a co-sponsor of this exclusive Friends of the LBJ Library event, the Texas Book Festival is extending free admission to our friends and followers. Seating is limited and reservations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. A response is required to attend. In order to attend, please register here. The doors will open at 5:15 p.m.
The LBJ Auditorium is located on the lower level of the LBJ complex at 2313 Red River Street. 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 after 4:00 p.m. Overflow parking will be in Manor Garage on a self-pay, space available basis.