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VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING: John Dickerson deconstructs the American presidency in his new best-seller The Hardest Job in the World
In his new book The Hardest Job in the World: The American Presidency veteran political journalist and 60 Minutes correspondent JOHN DICKERSON offers a deep dive into the history, evolution, and current state of the American presidency—and how we can make the job less impossible and more productive. The book stands out for its macro question: Does the job description of the presidency need revising to result in a more successful and productive nation? Dickerson researched past presidents and how each approached the job at hand, including how they set priorities amid all of the things we ask our presidents to do, gleaning insights about their intentions, accountability routines, and techniques for withstanding the pressures of being the most powerful and burdened decision-maker in the world. The book is part historical nonfiction, part modern political commentary, and part self-help, as he outlines the lessons we can learn from those presidents who were more successful in 'doing their jobs.' Dickerson recently wrote a relatable article in The Atlantic about his attempts to internalize some of the same accountability routines, noting that willpower alone is not effective at overcoming distractions from our agenda and aspirations.
Dickerson has been leading virtual conversations about how the presidency and the president are holding up during recent crises of the pandemic, economic crisis and racial unrest. He asks and discusses questions such as, "Are the same skills that get someone elected the same skills needed for the job?" A fantastic non-partisan program in an election year involves bringing Dickerson to your group for a virtual presentation and book signing. It is technically easy to digitally queue guests up in a book signing line and give them a few minutes in conversation with the author, who then personalizes inscriptions on books or bookplates to be mailed to each participant after the event. Some hosts are finding that mailing the book in advance to participants merges the tangible with the intangible and generates anticipatory buzz for your event.
JOHN DICKERSON is a sought-after voice for insights into the world in which we live, and a trusted voice to interpret current events. Check out his regular columns in The Atlantic and listen to the Political Gabfest podcast on Slate in which he discusses the presidency, the election and a wide range of current events. Dickerson is a correspondent for 60 Minutes. Previously, Dickerson was a co-host of CBS This Morning. Prior to that, he was CBS News' chief Washington correspondent and anchor of Face The Nation.
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John Dickerson is a correspondent for 60 Minutes. Previously, Dickerson was a co-host of CBS This Morning. Prior to that, he was CBS News' chief Washington correspondent and anchor of Face The Nation. Dickerson is also a contributor to Slate 's "Political Gabfest" and a contributing editor to The Atlantic.
Dickerson joined CBS News in April 2009 as an analyst and contributor. He worked as the network's political director and has been moderator of Face the Nation since June 2015. During the 2016 presidential campaign he moderated CBS News ' two presidential debates and as host of Face the Nation, interviewed each of the major candidates multiple times.
Dickerson has been a reporter in Washington since 1995, covering the White House, Congress and economics. Most recently he was Slate Magazine's chief political correspondent winning the Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency. A 2010 long-form series on risk profiled current Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Before Slate, Dickerson covered politics for 12 years for Time magazine. During his last four years, he was the magazine's White House correspondent, covering the presidency of George W. Bush. He has covered six presidential campaigns and hosts a twice-monthly podcast, "Whistlestop," which chronicles great moments in presidential history.
A native Washingtonian, he graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor's degree in English and a specialty in American Studies. His mother, Nancy Dickerson, was CBS News' first female correspondent. Dickerson is the author of On Her Trail (Simon and Schuster), a book about his mother. He is also the author of The New York Times best-seller Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History (Twelve Books). Known for his active use of social media, Dickerson has more than 2.22 million Twitter followers.