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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.
Read Dickerson's latest articles in The Atlantic here >>
Listen to Dickerson's Political Gabfest podcast on Slate >>
John Dickerson is CBS News Chief Political Analyst, Senior National Correspondent, and CBS Sunday Morning Contributor. He recently published his third book, and second New York Times Best-Seller The Hardest Job in the World: The American Presidency.
Dickerson was previously co-anchor of CBS This Morning. From 2015 to 2018 he was anchor of Face The Nation, and CBS News’ Chief Washington Correspondent. Dickerson is also a contributing writer to The Atlantic and co-host of Slate’s Political Gabfest podcast and host of the Whistlestop podcast.
Dickerson joined CBS News in April 2009, as an analyst and contributor. For six years, he served as the Network’s political director. He was moderator of Face The Nation from June 2015 to January 2018 and Chief Washington Correspondent. During the 2016 presidential campaign he moderated CBS News’ two presidential debates. From January 2018 until May 2019 he was co-host of CBS This Morning. In 2019, Dickerson was a contributor for 60 Minutes while serving as the network’s lead political analyst.
In addition to his political work, Dickerson has interviewed a wide range of people including Apple CEO Tim Cook, Stephen Colbert, actors Glenda Jackson and Christian Bale, authors Colson Whitehead and Tara Westover and musicians John Prine, Jon Batiste and Dave Matthews. You can also find all of Dickerson's appearances on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert here.
Dickerson started his career with Time magazine, covering economics, Congress and the presidency. In the last four years of his twelve at the magazine, he was its White House correspondent. From 2005 to 2015, he was Slate magazine’s chief political correspondent. He has covered the last seven presidential campaigns.
A native Washingtonian, Dickerson 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).
He is the recipient of the Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency and the David Broder Award for political reporting. Known for his pioneering use of social media, Dickerson has more than 2 million Twitter followers at @jdickerson.
Dickerson resides in New York City with his family.