National Press Club

Todd Purdum to Discuss Book on 1964 Civil Rights Act

May 29, 2014 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Author and NPC member Todd Purdum.

Author and NPC member Todd Purdum.

National Press Club member Todd Purdum will recount the political battle to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on the 50th anniversary of its passage.

Purdum will discuss his book, “An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” and will sign copies of it on July 8 at 6:30 pm in the Conference Rooms.

This is a ticketed event and registration is required at This event is a fundraiser for the NPC Journalism Institute. Books must be purchased through the NPC. No outside books or memorabilia permitted. All sales are final.

Purdum receates the legislative maneuvering and the characters who made its passage possible. From the Kennedy brothers to Lyndon Johnson, from Martin Luther King Jr. to Hubert Humphrey and Everett Dirksen, Purdum shows how these officials managed, in just over a year, to create a bill that prompted the longest filibuster in the history of the U.S. Senate yet was ultimately adopted with overwhelming bipartisan support.

Purdum is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and senior writer at Politico. He previously spent more than 20 years at The New York Times, where he served as diplomatic correspondent, White House correspondent, and Los Angeles bureau chief.