In a special partnership with Thurber House, Gramercy Books is pleased to present U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown as he launches Desk 88.
Tickets are $25 for the Senator’s presentation only; and are $45 for his presentation and a copy of Desk 88. Books will be available for pick up at the event.
Since his election to the U.S. Senate in 2006, Sherrod Brown has sat on the Senate floor at a desk with a proud history: Desk 88. In this lively and absorbing narrative, Brown profiles eight Senators who were there before him, all of whom fought for 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, to Idaho’s Glen Taylor, a singing cowboy who stood up to segregationists. These portraits in political courage tell of the triumphs and failures of politicians to fight against entrenched special interests and advance the cause of economic or racial fairness. 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.”
Says Richard A. Baker, US Senate historian emeritus and coauthor of The American Senate: An Insider’s History: “In Desk 88, veteran U.S. senator Sherrod Brown sets forth his case for progressive legislation in the context of an activist government that seeks to improve the lives of working Americans. An assiduous student of American congressional history, Brown has created a lively, absorbing, in-the-heat-of-combat narrative about those ‘bright, meteoric, and short-lived’ periods in American history when progressive ideals have triumphed in shaping national legislation. His unique format of examining the careers of notable former Senate progressives alongside his own decades of legislative education and struggle guarantees this compelling volume a place on the short shelf of important works that memorably explore how our nation’s laws actually get made.”
Sherrod Brown is the senior United States Senator from Ohio, elected to his seat in 2006. He was the U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 13th congressional district from 1993 to 2003 and the forty-seventh Secretary of State of Ohio from 1983 to 1991. A member of the Democratic Party, Senator Brown began his political career in 1975 upon election to the Ohio House of Representatives.